April 9, 2012 in Restaurant Review
After finishing the Barcelona marathon, I really only wanted to do two things: 1) have a nice long shower 2) enjoy a really great meal. Having completed number 1 on the list I was off to explore the world of Spanish Cuisine. There are so many choices and a few really good places I tried include Cafe De L’Academia (they do an amazing black and white pudding lasanga), Cerveceria Catalana (great tapas – sit outside if the weather is nice) and Paco Meralgo (amazing meatball bomb – cheesy in the middle) but my favorite place so far is Montiel – great service, nice ambience and of course excellent food. I’d give this place a rating of 9 out of 10 plus its a great value for money with a full tasting menu at 54euros for really quality food. This is probably the cheapest tasting menu I’ve had in years and the staff definitely know their wine and food.
We started off our with a refreshing oyster with a bit of lemon.
2nd course – Wild Salmon Tartar with caviar and a tangy mustard base sauce. The presentation was perfect and the taste was great with all the different textures.
Foie gras with quince and caramelized pistachio, it was a tasty combination and the pistachio was a nice touch that added additional complexity to the soft textures of the quince and foie gras.
This was my favorite dish – poached egg with hollandaise sauce sprinkled with nutmeg, but that wasn’t the best part underneath the egg was perfectly cooked pork belly and choped spears of asparagus. This was a delicious combination and I will try to incorporate it into my own cooking soon.
Corvina fish with roasted prawn – very tasty seasoned perfectly.
Steak with seasonal vegetables - cooked medium rare and very juicy. This was really good but not very unqiue.
Fine cream cheese, much like greek yogurt, with honey and caramelized pistashios. Light and tasty – perfect way to finish a tasting menu!