La Barra del Gourmet Barcelona - Restaurant Review


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We live nearby and we’ve been seeing the red door for a few weeks now. Today, Saturday the 10th, my partner finally called to book a table. First thing he told me: I haven’t been assisted this nice for months. And he is a demanding one, my boy.

The entrance reminded me of a “colmado”, kind of a corner shop that was popular in Barcelona by the beginning of the XX century. The window display is full of gourmet products that they actually offer at the restaurant: L’Escala Anchovies, Ortiz Tinned Food, Champagne, etc.

Once inside, the bar is dominated by white and red. A very luminous space that invites you to have a vermut sitting on a stool.

When you pass the bar, you’ll find a complete different space: darker, elegant, more quiet and intimate. You’ll find yourself surrounded by huge walls of wine bottles and mirrors.

The concept consists of small plates, tapas to share, using their gourmet products. A menu with more than 20 different plates to choose from. Five to six plates is the average recommended for two people, saving space for the 7th: dessert! Although I have always room for chocolate :)

We started with the Russa Imperial amb ventresca de Conservas Ortiz (a salad with potato, mayonnaise, dried tomatoes and tuna fatty belly/loin).

Followed by my favourite. Bikini de foie mi-cuit Rougié, tòfona i poma (sandwich of Rougié foie mi-cuit, truffle and apple):

Anguila Kabayaki de Roset amb quinoa (Kabayaki eel from Roset, with quinoa):

Ravioli de vieira i cansalada de Can Mabres (scallop ravioli with bacon):

Taco de cua de bou Can Mabres amb ceba i salsa picant (bull tail taco with onion and spicy sauce):

Some more fish, Lingot de bacallà Club Royale a baixa temperatura (cod ingot Club Royale cooked at low temperature):

Last but never least: dessert. Waffle de Goofretti a la torrija amb gelat de vainilla (waffle with vanilla ice cream):

Manuela de Naveran, a white chardonnay from Penedès accompanied us all the way through. Fresh and fruity.

So our lunch for two cost us 65.70€ ($81):

  • 1 Russa Imperial amb ventresca de Conservas Ortiz
  • 1 Bikini de foie mi-cuit Rougié, tòfona i poma
  • 1 Anguila Kabayaki de Roset amb quinoa
  • 1 Ravioli de vieira i cansalada de Can Mabres
  • 1 Taco de cua de bou Can Mabres amb ceba i salsa picant
  • 1 Lingot de bacallà Club Royale a baixa temperatura
  • 1 Toasted bread with spread tomato
  • 1 Waffle de Goofretti a la torrija amb gelat de vainilla
  • 1 Bottle of white wine Manuel de Naveran
  • 2 Cortados

With only one and a half months old, La Barra del Gourmet has already become one of my favourites restaurants in Barcelona, and I’m a demanding lady too! The space, the service, the food, everything was as expected. And the expectations were high. Great value for money.

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Txell

Hi! I’m Txell, a part time traveller and full time foodie who wants to share my experiences with you, through travel guides and restaurant reviews.