A gourmet feast in the heart of Barcelona

Gastronomy

27/03/2018

The Passeig de Gràcia gastronomic festival—a brief description that captures what was (literally and figuratively) cooked up in Barcelona’s city center between March 8th and 18th. The city's most cosmopolitan avenue, home to Barcelona's finest restaurants and clothing stores, was the site of an authentic festival.

During a ten-day stretch, twenty of the area’s restaurants served up their most original culinary creations. The list of participants is stellar: Hotel Alma (Jardín del Alma Restaurant), Bocagrande, Cafè de la Pedrera, Hotel Casa Fuster (Galaxó), Hotel Claris (La Terraza del Claris), Farga Diagonal, La Vinoteca Torres, Majestic Hotel & Spa (Majestic Restaurant), Hotel Mandarin Oriental Barcelona (Moments, Blanc and Banker’s Bar), Monument Hotel (Lasarte and Oria restaurants), Mordisco, Hotel Omm (Roca Moo and Roca Bar), El Principal de l’Eixample, Solomillo, Hotel The One Barcelona (Somni Restaurant & Cocktail Bar) and Tragaluz. An event dazzling with Michelin Stars.

The festival was open to the public, and people could partake in four different ways: a small plates route, tasting menus, tandem menus, and show cooking sessions.

Small plates route

The route featured twelve restaurants where guests could stop and sample a house specialty. No reservations were necessary, and people could decide on where to go when to get a taste of every spot's finest dish. Every plate, of course, was paired with a good wine. In our case, we set up shop at Vinoteca Torres and served our Jean Leon 3055 Merlot-Petit Verdot with sous-vide eggs, migas with sobrassada oil and Ibérico ham. The same wine, along with its 3055 Chardonnay sibling, also accompanied the small plate served at Banker's Bar at the Mandarin Oriental: lentejas de señorito, lentils with foie micuit and pine nuts.

Tasting menus

The perfect option for people who prefer a sit-down meal where they can try more than one dish. Prior reservations were a must, and menu prices ranged from €40 to €50. Our wines were featured on the menu by Gio Esteve, chef at Hotel Alma. A creative affair, adapted to the products in season, with tantalizing and surprising dishes that were sure to leave an impression.

Tandem menus

This option was an absolute treat. Renowned chefs Martín Berasategui, Carme Ruscalleda, Joan Roca and Nandu Jubany—who have all received Michelin stars—paired up with Paolo Casagrande, Raül Balam, Rafa Panatieri and David Romero to create four menus in tandem. Guests received a firsthand experience of the festival's extraordinary culinary talent and magnitude.

Show cooking

The restaurant's chefs invited guests to participate in free cooking workshops. Miguel Muñoz (The One Barcelona) gave a course in pickling vegetables.

This was a true festival of flavors to delight even the most discerning foodies. We hope the debut edition was the first of many. Cheers!

Categorías: Gastronomy