We ate at con Gracia the day we arrived in Barcelona simply because it was the only day we could get a reservation at this tiny restaurant on the edge of the Gracia district (Hence the name, I assume). We were of course attracted by its rating and previous reviews, and were not disappointed. We had the "Traditional" menu, along with the wine tasting option, which offered a different wine recommended by the staff with each course
What can I say? Every mouthful was exquisite, starting with appetisers then fois gras pâté, followed by prawns, cod with tapenade and perfectly cooked rack of lamb, and ending with a perfect chocolate fondant, plus coffee and petit fours. All the wines were interesting and worked beautifully with the food , making the whole experience near perfect and up there with one and two star Michelin food I have eaten (and better then some who are allegedly of that standard)
We chatted to the owner over our coffee and were very impressed by his passion for what he, his chef (Irishman Paul Treacy) and his staff are trying to do with this restaurant, and his commitment to value of money. Is it good value? Well, it depends what you are prepared to pay and benchmarks elsewhere. A seven course tasting menu plus a different wine with each course plus a glass of cava ( outrageously priced at 3.50 a glass) plus a couple of other extras came to 196 euro, or £173. In New York I have paid more for something not as good, in England I have paid double for a supposed Michelin 2 star meal not in the same league, including wines which were overpriced to the point of larceny.
My only criticism (not really a criticism at all, since entirely my fault, for not booking earlier) is that the restaurant could not fit us in for a return trip to try the "Surprise" menu even though I called in the vain hope that they might have had a cancellation. No such luck
Unless you are on a tight budget, eat here when in Barcelona. And book early!
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