One of the most celebrated chefs in Spain, Carme Ruscalleda shares her culinary knowledge, picking her five favourite dining establishments in the Catalan capital
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Chefs Carmen Ruscalleda and Raül Balam of Moments at Mandarin Oriental, Barcelona
The only female chef in the world to have earned seven Michelin stars, awarded to her restaurants in Spain and Tokyo, Carme Ruscalleda is at the helm of the two-star Moments at Mandarin Oriental, Barcelona, along with her son Raül Balam. Together they present their trademark modern Catalan cuisine, which has quality and freshness of ingredients at its core and an emphasis on healthy eating.
It's with a mixture of emotion and professional satisfaction that I recommend Moments at Mandarin Oriental, Barcelona. My son Raül is the head chef and his latest tasting menu both represents and adds to the gastronomic quality of Moments. This is creative cuisine, where nature is the ultimate source of inspiration.
Passeig de Gràcia, 38-40; +34 93 151 8781
Els Pescadors restaurant
2. Els Pescadors
This restaurant is in a 100-year-old building on a charming tree-lined square in the El Poblenou district, a former industrial area that has been transformed in recent years. The talented Maulini family runs it, and high-quality fresh fish is always on the menu.
Plaça de Prim, 1; +34 93 225 2018
Bomba fisherman's rice dish from Els Pescadors
3. Indochine Ly Leap
In the heart of the Eixample district, chef Ly Leap creates exciting Asian food with a focus on Vietnamese. The smell of home cooking and the explosion of flavours in every dish are hard to beat.
Cale Muntaner, 82; +34 93 451 1796
4. 7 Portes
With nearly 200 years of history, this distinctive restaurant is a favourite of locals as well as tourists. It is renowned for its Catalan cuisine and has a reputation for rice dishes and paellas.
Passeig d'Isabel II, 14; +34 93 319 3033
Barcelona food market La Boqueria
The Gorría family is in charge of this popular restaurant specialising in food from the Basque country and Navarre in northern Spain. Veal chops, suckling pig and lamb are some of the highlights.
Carrer de la Diputació, 421; +34 93 245 1164