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“A mesmerizing culinary experience” 5 of 5 stars
Review of ABaC Restaurant

ABaC Restaurant
Avinguda Tibidabo, 1, 08022 Barcelona, Spain
+34 933 19 66 00
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Ranked #140 of 7,085 Restaurants in Barcelona
Price range: $167 - $193
Cuisines: Mediterranean, Spanish, Fusion
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Good for: Doing business, Romantic, Special occasions
Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch, Late Night, Delivery, Reservations
Description: In 2000 ABaC Restaurant opened its doors in his first location, Carrer del Rec 79 in Barcelona. In May 2008 changed to his new address in Avenida Tibidabo, 1. The gastronomy is the fundamental axis of the project. The restaurant awarded with 2** Michelin, and nominated by The Best Restaurant 2011 in Catalonia by the Catalan Academy of Gastronomy, can seat up to 56 diners. Located in the newly constructed pavilion in direct contact with the garden, the interior and the exterior are found through large windows. It is a caprice of whites, in all tones. In a calm, neutral and elegant atmosphere, the sense of sophistication is shaped by the small details and the materials used, as well as a sophisticated combination of lights. The kitchen of 200 m2 has been designed by Joaquim Casademont. It is a black container, in which stainless steel furniture takes all leadership, an effect that has been reinforced by the lighting, a route marked by leds serves as a guide and allows the guests to cross it. Rooms for private events with a capacity of 20 to 60 diners respectively, complete its restoration facilities. The "Lounge Bar", which opens until 2.00 p.m. and where the music, light and color of the room subtly change;There is also an extensive cellar, offering near 1000 references, and from which you can select your perfect wine. Chef Jordi Cruz and his team of young professionals develop a creative cusine of superb technique, based on the product and which meets both creativity and tradition. In addition, our attentive yet friendly service create a professional but relaxed atmosphere, which makes ABaC holder of 2** Michelin.
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“A mesmerizing culinary experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2013

ABAC Restaurant is a jewel of the Spanish culinary arts. After eating at this restaurant one is fascinated on how a young chef such as Jordi Cruz can master so many fields of gastronomy.

My wife and I stayed at the also-amazing ABAC hotel and decided to treat ourselves to this two-star Michelin restaurant. Being guests of the hotel, we had the privilege of walking through the kitchen to get to the restaurant (the hotel is connected to the restaurant through the kitchen). The staff were busy preparing the skillful menu and the restaurant staff welcomed us with their best smiles.

We opted for the tasting menu with the pairings: I purposely leave out the word "wine" in pairings because they also bring out other kinds of wonderful beverages (such as an old ale) that complemented the food in the greatest of ways.

I have been to many Michelin star restaurants: ABAC restaurant proved a perfect execution throughout the menu: a masterful display of equilibrium of flavors and textures.

It would have been even better if we could have had a word of appreciation with Chef Jordi Cruz but, unfortunately, he was busy with another guests. However, ABAC will have a special place in my culinary heart and I am certain I will return in the future.

  • Visited August 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Gothenburg, Sweden
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“very very very good”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2013

The restaurant is located 10 minutes taxiride from Passeig de Gràcia, up the hills.
The hotell and restaurant ABaC delivers architecture, design, a ZENgarden and truly amazing restaurant. Professional service in a calm, sophisticated, friendly and relaxed environment.
On a warm day; sit in the garden and enjoy your dinner.
Just make sure to reserve a table in time!

  • Visited February 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Wincheringen, Germany
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“All-out gourmet experience - two Michelin stars largely deserved”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2013

As we make it a habit of trying out nice gourmet restaurants while on holidays, during our last year's trip to Barcelona (wonderful city by the way, we absolutely loved it), we had booked a dinner at ABaC. Having heard very positive things about its young chef Jordi Cruz and knowing it had been awarded 2 Michelin stars, we were very curious to try it out.

The entrance to the restaurant is quite understated (you have to ring at the gate of a rather large fence), but we found it without problems. The interior is very elegantly decorated, largely in white with curtains giving a nice sense of privacy and also dampening the sound effectively, so that you can have conversations without being bothered by those of other guests; the indirect lighting also creates a very cozy atmosphere. Comfortable chairs, and the tables are not too large to feel too removed from each other.

Although we were a bit late (due to problems with public transport), the staff graciously accepted us and was in general very friendly, efficient and knowledgeable (also in English for me as I did not speak Spanish or Catalan).

Now, the food.

It was, to put it simply, one of the best dining experiences I've had so far, easily on par with other two-starred restaurants I have been to. Very inventive, but also with lots of local food ingredients, perfectly prepared and presented. Each dish was a delight to discover and the only regret was that it had to end at one time. The portions are small, but due to the considerable number of dishes this is just perfect in order to be able to savour each of them and not be sated too quickly.

Here's our menu from that evening:
- Nitro sour yogurt lollipop with Iranian caviar
- Thai curry with sea urchins
- Frozen Sichuan pepper infusion with foie gras, figs and sweet and sour migas (fried bread)
- Liquid parmesan gnocchi in bergamot butter with nuts, lemongrass and truffle mushroom infusion
- Giant prawn with small aubergines, grilled charcoal served with coral gravy, sea sprouts and orange skin
- Smoked steak tartar, seasoned snow-like beef, cooked egg-yolk, veil of mustard and pepper bread brittle
- Rice, farm chicken, St. Felicien cheese, nuts, rocket lettuce flowers and an egg yolk cooked with candied garlic
- Mediterranean tuna belly with macaroni in ponzu sauce, kumquat skin, mizuna, crispy artichokes and spicy roots purée
- Hare a la Royale, stewed stuffing, roasted loin, foie gras, pineapple and pine nuts
"Lima"
- On a bed of smoked bread brittle, roast biscuit, banana, coffee, vanilla and bourbon

All of these were quite extraordinary, but I still remember that I was particularly impressed by the prawn and the tuna. Absolutely delicious.

We also took accompanying wines for each course (I think there were 5 different ones in total), and they were very well chosen and perfectly fit with the dishes.

Obviously, you do need to allot some time for such a gourmet dining experience, as with all establishments of that caliber. We spent about 4 hours at ABaC, and still it was over all to quickly.

The price was, considering the quality and variety of the food, quite reasonable actually. In Paris for example you would easily pay 50 EUR more per person for the food alone.

All in all, I can recommend this restaurant without reservation for an extraordinary gourmet dining experience in Barcelona.

  • Visited July 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Helsinki, Finland
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“Excellent Combination”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2013

This restaurant is worth a visti. Their menu is excellent and most of the personnell too. Whereas, one of the most important person, the sommelier, was way too hasty. He probably really was busy, but in this kind of restaurant it should not be reflected to customers. He did not really devote time for picking up the wine, in our case high echelon cava.
They catered well for gluten free diet person and there was not noise around even though the restaurant was pretty full.
Very good place to visit.

  • Visited June 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Katy, Texas
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“Fantastic dining experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2013

You walk in and the journey starts. it is a calm, quiet and relaxing atmosphere, you sit back in your comfortable chair and just enjoy. We had the sampling menu and every dish was amazing and also amazingly presented. The service was great and the wine delicious. We were there for 4 hours but if felt like nothing and you walk out just think what an exceptional experience.

Visited May 2013
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