Opened in late 2014, Disfrutar is the second restaurant from former El Bulli chefs Mateu Casañas, Oriol Castro and Eduard Xatruch. The restaurant’s name means ‘enjoy’ in English, and it is nigh on impossible not to have a good time here. The daily menu offers excitement and exceptional flavours in equal measure, and guests will marvel at playful dishes such as the ‘liquid salad’ and ‘sequence of the hare’, which includes cold hare jus served in a whisky-style glass with ice, tarragon and orange peel, and hare laksa which is supped from a shell. The macaroni carbonara is a particular highlight. Be sure to ask the sommelier for a delicious wine pairing and sit back and take in the fishing village-inspired décor as the menu takes your breath away.
Disfrutar, Carrer de Villarroel 163, 08036 Barcelona, +34 93 348 6896
Offering both table and counter seating, the Michelin-starred Roca Moo restaurant is a sleek choice on your visit to Barcelona. Perched at the counter, you have a front-row seat to the action that takes place in the kitchen as head chef Juan Pretel leads his team in executing dish after faultless dish. Whether you visit for the four-course lunch or push the boat out with the nine- or even 12-course dinner, you are sure to be wowed by dishes such as suckling pig with grilled endives or veal shank with truffle. Matching wines are offered with both dinner menus for the ultimate experience.
Roca Moo, Hotel Omm, Carrer del Rosselló 265, 08008 Barcelona, +34 93 445 4000
For a taste of Japan in the heart of Barcelona, Koy Shunka is a must-visit. Founded in 2008 by chef Hideki Matsuhisa and awarded a Michelin star in 2013, Koy Shunka allows diners to watch as sushi and nigiri are freshly prepared in the open kitchen. Combining traditional Japanese cuisine with a Spanish twist, the 12- and 14-course tasting menus are made to be savoured. Take a long lunch and sample dishes such as red mullet tataki and Japanese Wagyu beef in the minimalist yet modern surroundings.
Koy Shunka, Carrer d’en Copons 7, 08002 Barcelona, +34 93 412 7939
Offering sharing dishes in a terrace setting, Touché is a great place for an al fresco lunch. Situated in the Olympic port area of the city, Touché has outside tables in shady spots as well as comfy seating for bigger groups gathering for drinks. Opt for light bites such as ceviche and Thai vegetable rolls or larger plates including chicken Massaman curry or a Cobb salad, all made with the highest-quality ingredients. Choose a glass of wine, champagne or locally made cava to accompany your meal, or sample one of bartender Marc Pérez’s signature cocktails. The Passion Smash is a particular highlight.
Touché, Carrer de la Marina 19-21, 08005 Barcelona, +34 93 269 4942