Top Nouvelle Cuisine restaurants in Barcelona

Top Nouvelle Cuisine restaurants in Barcelona

“Molecular gastronomy" , “deconstructivist cooking”, “Nouvelle cuisine”..  Since the 90’s Catalonia is the land of a new school of cuisine.


Inspired by the limitless creativity of Ferran Adrià, the idea of this cuisine was, as the Chef of El Bulli was used to described it: “provide unexpected contrasts of flavor, temperature and texture. Nothing is what it seems. The idea is to provoke, surprise and delight the diner…. And to have an experience."


Today this “Nouvelle cuisine” is still alive and strong in Barcelona.


Few chefs, like Jordi Vilà, Carles Abella, are still inspired by the “Texturas” invented by Ferran Adrià..


Others, like Sergi Arola, Romain Fornell, Jordi Artal, Albert Raurich are going others directions more oriented fusion of culture like Mediterranean and Far East cuisine with new techniques… 


They all reinvent daily the way we eat…


A true journey in Modern Gastronomy!


 This is our selection of top Nouvelle Cuisine restaurants, to discover while you stay in Barcelona!

Matís Bar - Restaurant

Tapas, talent, slow good…

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Matís Bar - Barcelona

In a few months Matís Bar became the idol of Barcelona. Its receipt: revisited tapas, a magical place and an ultra welcoming team!


For people of Matís Bar the place is as important as the table. To look like their cuisine they settled at the "Col·legi d’Arquitectes".. For Artur Martínez the young Michelin spangled chef (Capritx) this new adventure is the occasion to reinvent the Catalan cuisine and tapas, because both are at the menu. One retains the "Bombon de queso y tomate" (1.85€), the "Salpiconde pulpo"(7.85€), the "Carpaccio de bacalao" (7.5€), and the Arroz Parellada (8.5€). Real delights.


But the ultimate experience is to take the tasting menu, the "Menu Pim Pam" (25€/per - but for two people minimum). A very reasonable price for a journey in the very contemporary universe of the slow food, the km 0, the ultra healthy products and of an unparalleled knack! 
Clever is one who reserves !

Address : Pl. Nova, 5 (Col·legi d’Arquitectes de Catalunya)
Opening hours : From monday to saturday from 8am to 12pm
Phone : +34630455043
Metro/Bus : Jaume I

Ají - Restaurant

Fusion of senses!

Ají - Barcelona

Three chefs: Spanish, Japanese and Peruvian are running Ají - the restaurant of the Casino de Barcelona - for a fusion carte which should absolutely be discovered.


The Nikkei cusine is really fashion in Barcelona, but Ají took a length in advance on its candidates with even more creativity. The Nikkei cuisine is a fusion between the Peruvian cuisine and the Japanese cuisine. The word Aji means pepper in Peru and tasty in Japan. You will thus discover makis as well as ceviches, marinated brochettes or wok cooking. By certain associations of tastes and textures, this is very close to a gourmet restaurant. Even Pisco Sour - traditional cocktail in Peru - is completely revisited by the Japanese chef. The same applies to the whole carte with new and unexpected savours.


Remarkable and reasonable if one thinks of the price of the lunch menu at 19.90€.
Very nice design for this small coloured room.

Address : Marina, 19-21. Entrada por Marina Village o por Casino de Barcelona
Opening hours : Tuesday - Saturday 1pm - 3.30pm and 9pm - 11.30pm
Phone : +34 93 511 97 67
Metro/Bus : Vila Olimpica

Dos Palillos - Restaurant

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Dos Palillos - Barcelona

Dos Palillos - Barcelona

Dos Palillos - Barcelona

Dos Palillos or when traditional spanish tapas get inspired by delicate savors of Asia…


Albert Raurich has been working at El Bulli from 1997 to 2007 where he was head chief for the last 6 years of his journey with Ferran Adrià … That is to say that he knows quite well about cuisine inspiration and innovation…


At Dos Palillos the chef decided to get his inspiration from the far east cuisine, that is mostly from Japan, China, Thailand and Vietnam. And what an inspiration!!


Imagine Asian savors married with Spanish traditional tapas and products like seafoods, fish, fresh vegetables of the market, prown, tuna, meat…

Imagine now tempura, raw dishes, woked dishes, steamed dishes, grilled dishes..


Albert Raurich’s tapas are pure creativity and grace.. 


We loved fresh seaweed sunomono with molluscs, Japanese burger, meat Gyoza,Cantonese style Iberian pork, prawn steamed dumpling..


Two degustation menus at 55 and 75€ but they prefer to say one hour and half menu or two hours menu.. 

Lunchtime menu at 20€
In november 2012 Dos Palillos recieved its first Michelin star.

Address : C/ Elisabets, 9
Opening hours : Tuesday to saturday - Close sundays and mondays // On tuesdays and wednesdays: open from 7:30p.m. to 11:30p.m. // On thursdays, fridays and saturdays: open from 1:30p.m. to 3:30p.m. and from 7:30p.m. to 11:30p.m.
Phone : 933 040 513
Metro/Bus : Pl. Catalunya

Spoonik Cooking Services - Restaurant

Get invited by two reknown chefs!

Spoonik - Barcelona

A rare experiment at Spoonik Cooking Services where two chefs Jon Giraldo and Jaime Lieberman receive you in their house, their dining room and their kitchen...
A total immersion in their universe combining sophisticated and coloured low-temperature cooking with arty design and ambient. 
The menu (70€ by person wine included) changes every week but systematically proposes 8 dishes and their wines. We had Jerusalem artichoke purée with orange reduction, an egg with truffle cooked at 64°C, a wonderful turbot with sweet chestnuts and mushrooms to finsish with marvellous deserts. 
This house is also a kind of art gallery where your dinner will be transformed into artistic experiment with for exempal few musical surprises. 
It is necessary to request invitation on their website, await their answer to have a date and their address which is in the district of Lesseps.

Phone : +34 648 08 52 09
Metro/Bus : Lesseps

Moments - Restaurant

The table on everyone’s lips..

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Moments - Barcelona

In the brand new and beautiful Mandarin Oriental Hotel, the table on everyone’s lips is with no doubt: Moments.
The Chef Carme Ruscalleda and her son Raül Balam are revisiting Catalan recipes and even inventing the first anti-aging menu of Barcelona..
On the Catalan side of the menu you will discover totally renewed classical dishes like Arroz caldoso de gamba con picada de pescador (rice dish with broth) -  Fricandó (veal stew) and suquet (fish stew) - Shrimp Tartar- Seabass with fig chutney and hibiscus salt - Veal Cheeks with turnip vegetable ravioli and red fruits..

A delight and lot of imagination!!
But even more visionary and trendy: a “anti-aging” menu where the food chosen by Carme Ruscalleda and Dr. Manuel Sanchez - head of the Anti-aging Unit Clinic Planas- , specialist in the anti-age treatments, conceal only the most miraculous properties to preserve an “iron constitution”.
In this menu, mini pizza pies with artichokes and the Joselito ham, or macaroni with buckwheat accompanied by scallops and vegetables… a great idea!

A very chic venue already awarded by 2 Michelin Stars in 2013.

Address : Passeig de Gràcia, 38-40
Opening hours : Lunch: 1:30pm-3:30pm Tuesday-Saturday // Dinner: 8:30pm-10:30pm Tuesday-Saturday // Closed Sundays and Mondays
Phone : 93 151 87 81
Metro/Bus : Passeig de Gràcia,

Roca Moo - Restaurant

Roca Moo by Chef Felip Llufriu

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Roca Moo - Barcelona

Located at the ground floor of superb and very design Omm hotel ,restaurant Roca Moo, from now on advised by the Roca brothers (El Celler de Can Roca in Girona), is a contemporary wonder.
The Chef Felip Llufriu takes as a starting point the traditional Mediterranean food to carry out purified, modern and very personal interpretations of them. Roger Visuà, recently crowned better sommelier of Europe (wine cellarmaster), proposes for each dish, a glass of wine in agreement.
Very beautiful cellar.
Prices more than reasonable for such a level of esthetics and feelings.
As this hotel is very “hype” have an eye at the foyer cocktail bar, one of the hottest places around for a pre-dinner drink.

Address : Rosselló, 265
Opening hours : 1.30-4pm, 8.30-11pm Mon-Sat.
Phone : +34 93 445 40 00
Metro/Bus : Metro Diagonal

Alkimia - Restaurant

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“Dentro de Mar” - Alkimia

Alkimia  Barcelona

Alkimia - Barcelona

Jordi Vilà the Chef of Alkimia (alchemy in English) is part of the young guard of the New Catalan cuisine along with Chefs from Comerç 24 and Santa Maria. A new wave initiated several years ago by Ferran Adrià with the success which one knows.


Hidden behind the Sagrada Familia, this restaurant with minimalist decoration offers imaginative and very colored food, in only one word: astonishing!

To discover the creativity of Jordi Vilà, who takes traditional dishes from the region keeping the soul of the classics but giving them a modern edge, we can only advise you to choose one of the two tasting menus (65 and 84€).


“Dentro de Mar” - Alkimia

“Dentro de Mar” - Alkimia

This will be the best way to enjoy this dish called “Dentro de Mar” or “the ocean and its shells”, a very iodized composition bathing in an amazing blue bubble or the very graphic “seabass with ink of cuttlefish and coconut milk”. Unforgettable desserts and very beautiful chart of the wines.

A major Chef… We like very, very much Alkimia. Do not forget to book!!

Address : Indústria, 79
Opening hours : 1.30pm-3.30pm Mon-Sat, 9pm-11pm Mon-Fri, Closed Saturday lunchtime, Sundays and public holidays
Phone : +(34) 93 207 6115
Metro/Bus : Metro: Sagrada Família / Bus: 15, 20, 45, 47

Iki Room Chef - Restaurant

A gastronomical show!

Iki Room Chef - Barcelona

Iki has been known for few years to be an excellent  fusion, Japanese, sushi bar, teppanyaki and even take away restaurant. It will be from on even a little bit more with the creation of a new concept named “Iki Room Chef” a table where only 10 customers can each day appreciate a cuisine made under their eyes by a chief known in Barcelona.


The occasion, to see, feel, taste and discuss with this chief.  For this launching a new menu “Tierras de Mar” a scientist of mixture of various cookings from raw marinated food to the plancha, for one moment of pure pleasure (55€).


One does not forget  the lunch menu at 15 euros to discover on their site. One great moment at very reasonable price in a sophisticated yet simple design. Cheer!

Address : C/ Aribau, 174
Opening hours : closed on sunday . Open from 13:30 - 15:30, 20:30 - 23:45
Phone : +34 93 676 34 07
Metro/Bus : Diagonal

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  1. test deux - Larry Kriv (27 Mar 2013 - 11:58)

    test deux

  2. if you go to barcelona - miam (19 Sep 2012 - 08:45)

    of course you should try nouvelle cuisine restaurants.. it's the city for
    loved lately dos paililos

  3. Bravo per questa selezione di ristoranti "nuova cucina" - Salvatore P (12 Dec 2011 - 12:45)

    Bravo per questa selezione di ristoranti nouvelle cuisine. Si viene effettivamente a Barcellona per questa cucina così innovativa.

  4. belle sélection en effet - miam (8 Dec 2011 - 18:30)

    C'est quand même cool Barcelone et cette nouvelle cuisine!!! d'autant qu'on s'éloigne de la cuisine moléculaire pour garder le meilleur de toutes ces années de recherches.. Bravo à tous ces chefs!

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