Since we were in Spain to eat at El Celler de Can Roca anyway, we decided to use the opportunity to do some sightseeing in Barcelona and have a nice dinner in that city as well. Our neighbors had recently visited Barcelona and recommended two-Michelin starred Lasarte, so that’s where we went.
There is a smaller “Lasarte” menu for lunch on weekdays, but apart from à la carte we could only choose the 10-course tasting menu for 125 euros. We weren’t so sure whether the 78 euro “harmonia de vins” would be such a good idea, as that is quite a lot of money for only four different wines to combine with the 10 different courses, but the sommelier assured us that the wines matched very well and that we would get as much as we liked. The latter was true, but we would have preferred 10 different wines similar to Can Roca. The wines we got were a good cava, a good albariño (white), an excellent local red from tempranillo, merlot, cabernet sauvignon and garnatxa, and a nice pédro ximenez. The wines were OK with the food, but that’s about it.
There were a lot of amuse bouche before the actual menu started. The first set was basically some very simple tapas: potato croquettes, almonds, melon, olives with grapefruit (interesting but good combination), and a bacon-and-cheese mousse.
Next was this little tart with apple and foie gras, much much better than a similar dish we got at l’Astrance in Paris last month.
The tuna tartare by itself was good, but the combination of the two was amazing. 10/10
Lightly smoked oyster on the grill with soft cream of Figueres, small squid ragout and crispy tubers. I had never had smoked oyster before, and I really liked it despite the slightly chewy texture. The combination of all the flavors worked very well and the fake pearls were a nice touch. 9/10
Red prawn, royale of sea urchins, caviar of goat’s burned milk and almond. There were quite some similarities to the dinner at Can Roca: both had oyster, prawn, and pigeon. This was the most similar dish in terms of the texture of the prawn, but the garnishes were very different. Good combination of flavors. 8/10
Low-temperature cooked monkfish settled on onions and paprika marmalade, braised endive with barnacles tarama and black olives. The monkfish worked well with the red wine, but was not as tender as at Librije. 8/10
The service at Lasarte is very professional, more so than at Can Roca, and just as friendly. 9/10
I would not recommend the matching wines, since there are only 4 wines for 10 courses and there is no ‘magic’ between the wines and the food. 7/10
The food however is outstanding, especially given the very reasonable pricetag. 9/10
Definitely worth the two stars!