The peak of fine dining in Barcelona?
|Scarlet shrimp soup, tomato, celery and green apple|
Barcelona is packed with many great restaurants, from budget tapas, seafood joints to high-end venues. I have visited Barcelona 6 times but still, there are so many places to discover, so returning to the same place has little reason for me... unless it is exceptional to the level that I would rate it as the very best you can find in Spain. Back in 2013, I dined at Lasarte (by the legend Martin Berasategui) and it opened up my eyes to how amazing fine dining can be in Spain. 9 years later, I am back once again. The chef and management team more or less stayed the same, with the restaurant having a massive revamp, with a much larger space with a much higher ceiling and a bigger kitchen. It also gained a 3rd Michelin star.
|Canapes of pepper soup, monkfish, caviar, red prawn and wagyu|
|Eel and foie mille-feuille|
|Pickled oyster with hibiscus, white garlic and purple shiso granita|
|Cod confit with sour cream, caviar, mustard and kale|
|Squid tartare with liquid egg yolk, onion and kaffir consommé|
|Warm crustacean salad on a seabed, Sherry and coral mayonnaise|
|Wagyu ravioli and glazed eel, iodized cream, horseradish and caviar|
|Fennel risotto with lobster and barnacles|
I noticed the menu had an Italian touch and moved more away from Martin's flagship restaurant's style in the Basque Country vs back in 2013. Maybe I had 2 of my very best meal in the world at Martin Berasategui, so I found Lasarte was not as good despite both holding 3 Michelin stars. Don't get me wrong, I found the meal very enjoyable, but for me perhaps is 2 stars level instead of 3. There were some world-class dishes such as the oyster and red prawn, but less impressive ones like the squid ones. I think right now, the finest restaurant title in Barcelona belongs to Disfrutar.
What I paid:
£310 with wine
Average cost without drinks and services:
C/ de Mallorca, 259, 08008 Barcelona, Spain