De lo mejor que se cuece en Barcelona
The little hot dishes are sung out to customers
The idea of eating tapas involves the implicit idea of the search, in addition to good food, for an informal, relaxed and fun setting. Therefore, El Nacional’s La Taperia in Barcelona imported a formula that customers love, tapas that are sung out, Malaga-style: the waiting staff call out the recently-prepared hot dishes as they come out of the kitchens and they serve them to the customers who raise their hands and ask for them, like an auction in a market hall. Special care has been taken in this restaurant when choosing the waiting staff, who play a leading role when singing out the tapas and when recommending the dishes to diners and telling the kitchen what people are asking for to match the oer to the customers’ preferences at all times. Therefore, when you sit at a table, a waiter will take your order of drinks and cold tapas, and give you some clues as to what is being cooked in the kitchens. Once served, the party begins.
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Charcoal grilled aged beef is the star of La Braseria
“Here we pamper our meat; with its quality, we couldn’t do anything else”, the assistant kitchen manager at El Nacional explains to define the mission of La Braseria, the rotisserie that specialises in aged, charcoal grilled meat.
Michel Gradeler’s eyes shine when he talks about the breeds they use, the aging system in cold rooms and the cooking process and he shows a video of one of the animals that will end up in the cold rooms at La Braseria in a few weeks’ time on his mobile phone.
Diners select the piece and how they want it cooked
The ‘lonja’ or city fish market is the place, where the fishermen auction their day’s catch and this is quickly sent on to its destination. For example, to El Nacional, where the restaurant, La Llotja receives the best daily fish and it displays them so that customers can select the one they fancy and can ask for it to be cooked to their taste.
La Llotja, the Barcelona restaurant, is El Nacional’s restaurant that specialises in fish and that offers a wide selection for customers, since not only can the day’s fresh fish and shellfish be chosen from the display, but also customers can decide whether they prefer it grilled, baked, steamed, fried or stewed. Or raw, which as we will see, is also a possibility that this unique space offers.