Cristina Reyes - 2012-08-18
The Adrià brothers with their establishments on emblematic Parallel Avenue; the heirs of Luis Moritz who have resuscitated the eponymous century-old brasserie; the Oliveras-Bagués clan: several illustrious Barcelona families have made a major splash in the Catalan capital’s current hotel-restaurant scene.
The union of the Adrià Brothers and the Iglesias Brothers, proprietors of the Rías de Galicia restaurant, gave rise in March to a pair of Barcelona establishments that have already received a great deal of attention in the gourmet world. Managed by Albert Adrià, they share the same address on Parallel, the Catalan capital’s most famous avenue. Tickets is an atypical tapas bar, heavily influenced by the culinary heritage of El Bulli, whereas the video that presents 41° Experience promises a total sensory experience of the purest Adrià style. In Tickets, to partake of an authentic feast featuring Adrià’s great classics (his famous olives, for example) and the desserts whose reputation has already reached the four corners of the planet, all you’ve got to do is book a table via Internet (with enough lead time). 41° Experience is more of a challenge, unless you’re able to acquire the precious ticket at the entrance that will give you access to the one and only menu composed of 50 indescribable nibbles. Otherwise you’ll need to wait ‘til midnight when the place opens as a bar (but seating is still limited).
Not too far away, on the Ronda de Sant Antoni – another of the city’s fashionable thoroughfares –, the Brasserie Moritz, over a hundred years old, re-opened in December following renovations orchestrated by Jean Nouvel and a total investment of 30 million euros. The French architect has managed to perfectly decipher the establishment’s codes and values in recreating an enormous space designed to become one of the city’s most attractive gourmand and leisure hubs. The quarter’s inhabitants, curious tourists and hip young urbanites flock to taste beer brewed on-site or choose dishes from a menu that offers a fusion of Catalan and Alsatian classics – a tip of the toque to the Moritz family and their homeland in the Lower Rhine. A wine bar, bakery and micro-brewery round out the establishment where chef Jordi Vilà is director of gastronomy.
Finally, the Bagués Hotel, five stars and 31 rooms, is a true gem. It has been opened by Bagués-Masriera Jewellers, owned by the Oliveras-Bagués family, in homage to the creativity and innovative spirit of famed Catalan jeweller and artist Lluis Masriera. The hotel houses a museum where a selection of Masriera’s jewellery and watercolours are on display. Located in the heart of Rambla, it is already one of the Catalan capital’s most sought-after establishments.
Tickets and 41º Experience
Avenida del Paralelo, 164
Brasserie / Fábrica Moritz
Ronda de Sant Antoni, 39
La Rambla, 105