26 Jun 2019

Two Michelin Stars


Disfrutar has just received its second Michelin Star and really lives up to its name (it means enjoy in English). 

Currently rated as number 9 in the Best fifty restaurants in the world 2019 list.

See here for full list  www.theworlds50best.com

This restaurant is situated away from the main tourist area of Barcelona. Once you step into the restaurant you really feel like you are taking centre stage. The initial contact with the staff is very warming.

The restaurant is small at the front but opens up at the back. There is a large kitchen in the middle.

Some tables in the fro...

23 Apr 2019


This is an excellent spot for tapas, at the bar or a full blown meal in the restaurant. There nearly always seems to be a queue confirming the quality of food you will find here. The above picture was taken at nearly 2 am.

The food here should satisfy all gourmet requirements, thanks to the opulence and variety of its menu.

Also, it is open later then most bars, I believe orders are taken until 1.30 am, so good to know if you fancy a late bite.

We rolled up at midnight on a Tuesday to find the bar area still packed to the rafters. After ten minutes we managed to find a seat at the bar on the left of...

21 Apr 2019


This restaurant is a hidden gem. From its very discreet tiny entrance you would hardly guess that this could be, a fantastic culinary trip. But then again as we know, great food comes in small portions.

We arrived early on a Monday night for a 9 pm booking and the place looked like it was closed, so we went for a drink around the corner. On our return there was still only one other diner, we were suspecting a quiet night.

Within half an hour the place was full, including ex Barcelona footballer and TV pundit Gary Lineker. He obviously had local knowledge.

The main room, which is plainly...

19 Apr 2019


This place has been here since September 1989 and is much a tapas bar as it is a restaurant.

In fact, is been said, "the best tapas bar in the world" and certainly one of the first of its type.

The London restaurants Barrafina are based on the concept of Cal Pep.

There are only twenty of the coveted seats at the bar, so to grab one, you need to queue on most days around twenty minutes before each service, which start at 1 pm or 7.30 pm.

There is also a very attractive small restaurant behind the tapas bar, this is by reservation only.

It is set in an attractive little square and on arriving, on a Wednesday Lunchti...

14 Apr 2019

elBulli - 3 Michelin Stars

This is an old one from 2009, but it's good to look back sometimes, especially when the restaurant is no more. This review is from the world renowned elBulli which closed in 2011 and was run by the famous Catalan chef Ferran Adriá.

The restaurant was around 7 km outside the town of Roses on the Costa Brava coast.

You will spend a hair raising taxi drive along the coast road before getting to the restaurant which sits alone above the small bay of Cala Montjoi in an old Catalan finca.

Looking across to Cala Monjoi

The real elBulli.............

 Chefs at work in the kitchen. There we...

3 Dec 2017

El Celler de Can Roca

3 Michelin Stars

The second part of the trip to catalunya in 2009, this time to the Roca brothers restaurant in Girona, which has been rated  number one in the world on a few occasions. 

El Celler de Can Roca is a restaurant in Girona, Catalonia, Spain which was opened in 1986 by the Roca brothers, Joan, Josep and Jordi. It was first located next to their parent's restaurant Can Roca, but moved to its current purpose built building in 2007. It has been received warmly by critics, and currently holds three Michelin stars.

Some of the 7 snacks plus 11 cour...

11 Nov 2016


Chef Mikel Peinador’s small restaurant is located in a back alley loft off of La Rambla and serves excellent innovative food in a wonderful environment. The restaurant is like some quirky host's home and it does indeed feel like an house dinner party. You feel you are in his home and he is cooking just for you.

The loft is decorated with many interesting artifacts and close personal attention to detail.

The only menu is the tasting menu and everything is down to Mikel, who buys the top quality food for the day at a local market so everything is always going to be fresh.

Mikel personally explains each course as...

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