Carrer de Mallorca, 259
08008 Barcelona, Spain
Dining date: 9/29/17
Lasarte is currently the only restaurant in Barcelona to hold three Michelin stars; it was upgraded from two to three in the 2017 version of the guide. This is the second three-star restaurant for Martin Berasategui after his eponymous restaurant outside of San Sebastián. Berasategui holds 8 total Michelin stars, the most of any Spanish chef, for his takes on modern Spanish cuisine. I didn’t get a chance to try his restaurant while in San Sebastian but had an opportunity to dine here for a lunch.
The restaurant offers two tasting menu options (185€ and 210€) but we went with a la carte for this meal.
A myriad of small bites were served before the first courses.
Sea anemone tempura
Beet chip and caviar
White toast with prawn and green curry
Caramelized foie gras, eel, green apple mille feuille
Bread service was brought by cart to each table, often hand-sliced to order.
Beet, spinach, tomato, mushroom, plain butter and Spanish olive oil accompanied the bread, beautifully presented.
Cucumber mayonnaise and jalapeño soup
Liquid burrata and tomato ravioli scarlet shrimp, avocado, celery and apple
Iberian ham and basil soup ox tail mini cannelloni and aubergine tortellini
Squid ink risotto clams and citrus
Sea bass with mantis shrimp broth snails stew, on a vegetable purée with truffle and clams mayonnaise
Low temperature cooked lamb shoulder wild mushrooms, agliata sauce and dairy touches
Warm chocolate cake 70% cocoa with earl grey ice cream
I thought this was a very strong meal, highlighted by some of the most polished service I’ve seen in some time. The caramelized foie gras mille feuille was probably the best singular bite. The delicate creation was slightly sweet and very savory with the eel and foie gras working very well together. Both appetizers were very good too, with my favorite being the Iberian ham and basil soup with rich parcels of oxtail and eggplant. The lamb shoulder was also delicious, tender and succulent, accompanied by mushrooms and a vibrant agliata sauce. I’m glad I was able to fit in a meal here and would love to try Martín Berasategui next time in San Sebastian.