Catalan concept dining at Moo in Barcelona
Where? Moo Restaurant, ground floor of the Omm hotel, Carrer Rossello 265, 08008 Barcelona (+34 93 445 4000) www.hotelomm.es.
What? The Michelin-starred Moo is the second restaurant by famed Spanish chefs the Roca brothers with an exquisite, Catalan-inspired menu. A serious must for die-hard foodies (it was a feast of senses) and those who want to try something a little bit different.
How? The menu is divided up into various concepts, which are essentially set menus that suggest what courses go well with each other, along with wines. However you can also eat À la Carte if your appetite isn’t up for a multi-course challenge. Everything is so well thought out and beautifully presented (you almost don’t want to ruin anything by actually eating it!) and each dish that we tried had a different plate/bowl that was perfectly designed for what we were eating – very stylish.
There really is something for everyone Starting off with the Moo menu (four courses, including wine) for 45E, a vegetarian menu, a gourmet menu, all the way up to the Joan Roca menu which includes an incredible nine courses and wine!
But is it any good? The dishes perfectly complemented the wine and vice versa. I’m still dreaming about a 1989 Riesling that we tried – possibly the best glass of wine I have ever had! We loved the unusual foie gras soup and delicate sea bass. The restaurant itself is very calm and tranquil, looking out onto a bamboo-enclosed garden. The waiters offer an explanation to every dish and wine that you taste, so it’s an educational meal as well as a tasty one.
Top Tip Try to allow at least three hours to really enjoy the experience and soak up the knowledge on offer, as this is much more than just fine dining!
Then what? Once finished, the Hotel is perfectly situated just off Passeig de Gracia, which is a short walk from La Rambla, a great way to burn off all those calories and an excuse to check out some of the shops!