The fusion of the senses
To the question: "Why do you buy rice and flowers?" Confucius, a long time ago, replied: “you’re asking why I buy rice and flowers? I buy rice to live and flowers to have something to live for”. This metaphor, charged with wisdom and foresight, which has become a kind of rule of life and work for Sanchez Romera in his new restaurant "Rice".
Sanchez Romera was a doctor before becoming a cook. His former specialty: neurology. 20 years after his change of vocation, medicine remains at the heart of his new profession, seeing his cooking as a link between science, health and art. Neuroscience now helps him to implement a culinary experience where emotions, memory and the pleasure of food are expertly orchestrated.
If all this sounds complex, the result is much easier to see and enjoy. In a setting close to a contemporary art gallery made of white walls and works or photos very colorful as bouquets of flowers. At table a succession of small dishes plays on colors and juxtapositions of flavors inspired by Mediterranean and Asian cuisine.
It's beautiful, fine and subtle like these "Barcelona rolls" - a kind of rice uramaki of all colors, scented with cuttlefish ink, curry or turmeric. Like this black rice with kombu butter, curry shrimps, garlic cuttlefish and parsley. Or as with this cockerel simmered in soy sauce and vegetables.
When we tell you that the evening menu is proposed for the sum of 45 or 35 euros depending on the number of dishes, you’ll understand that this restaurant wants to stay in a very affordable price range.
This "doctor-chef" is well-known beyond his walls, known for his books, lectures and various interventions around the world, his new restaurant is to live as a totally unique experience.
Rice by Sanchez RomeraCarrer de Muntaner, 182, 08036 Barcelona, Spain
Area: Eixample left
Website: Rice by Sanchez Romera
Opening hours: From monday to saturday from 1:15pm to 4pm and from 8:30pm to 11pm
Prices: Menu at 35 or 45 euros depending on the number of dishes
Phone: +34 931 426 709