Barcelona was interesting. The Gaudi architecture was totally worthwhile, and we walked around everywhere. La Boqueria smelled like ham, and was a complete tourist trap. Saffron at the market was uber-pricey. Although I would have loved to get a leg of Jamon iberico, those were not cheap either (I bought a 100 gram pack at the airport and it was 28 Euros!). Zara and H&M were both awesome since they carried all the good stuff that you will never see in the U.S.
Aside from paella, what do you eat in Barcelona? Kayoko's brother externed at this posh restaurant called Moo, and the concierge at the hotel also recommended it, so we decided to go for our final dinner.
By the way, the night culture in Spain was painful. 10pm dinner, midnight drinks, and 3am clubbing was not tolerable. By 8:30pm, we were starving, but had to wait until "regular" dinner time so that we don't look like total tourists.
Moo was very cool. Decor was so posh and modern. The night before, we had dinner on boardwalk, very good paella, but at a no-frills type place.
You sit down, and the plates were so cool. One looked Gaudi-inspired, and the other was designed by Jean Nouvel.
Waiter was very slow (or I should say, very Spain-style), and we decided to go with the flow.
Amuse bouche was some sort of combination of potato cream in cone, foie gras cream with chocolate cookie, some kind of cheese puff, and cheese crisps. The metal plate/envelope was very chic.
Then they asked what we wanted to drink, and ordered martinis. 15 minutes later, pretty large portioned glasses arrived. In Spain, I didn't see many of the usual vodka suspects, and Absolut, and Moskovskaya were the only kinds available. Moskovskaya looked similar to Stoli, but I liked the taste better than Stoli.
Another 15 minutes later, waiter gave us menu, and appetizer. These are included in the menu (for 3.20 Euros per person). On the right was fish with some kind of berry sorbet, which sounds weird, but actually took fishy-ness out and pretty good. I do not remember what's on the right.
10 minutes later, we finally ordered.
While I was bored waiting, I took this. Everything about this restaurant was meticulously designed, and knife was so cute too.
15 minutes later, first course arrived. Nate got prawns with curry sauce with rose water (Cigala con curry, rosas y regaliz- by the way, all this Spanish come from the receipt, and I have no idea if they are correct). Prawns were so fresh and cooked to perfection. Curry sauce was just the right flavor. He usually doesn't eat prawns, but it was very good.
I ordered Foie gras with apple sauce (Timbal de manzana). When I hear foie gras with apple, I usually think of sliced foie gras sauteed with apple with brandy, but this was more like terrine with apple sauce in the middle. Good, but sorta kinda ordinary.
This was one thing I remember very well how tasty it was, yet have no recollection of what it was. Is this Arroz de esparragos, murgulas y...? Something about veal, and rice underneath, I think.
For the main course, Nate ordered sea bass with some foam and kefir lime (Lubina con alcaparras y kefir). Fresh fish, but sort of bland. There's so much you can do with fish, and fresh fish is excellent, but there wasn't enough punch on this item.
Fillet of veal. HEAVENLY! So soft, so moist! All the paper thin sides were foreign to me, but the meat was so delicious.
As we were done eating, the place was getting crowded. I don't know how they do it. When we had dinner on boardwalk the night before, so many people were jogging around at 10:30pm. Do they go home and get ready to go out for dinner? I just don't understand how they spend the day.
9am - go to work
1pm - siesta (do they really sleep? or just do nothing?)
4pm - restart working
7pm - done with work
THEN WHAT DO THEY DO? Don't they go eat? Why don't they? Someone please answer me and tell me a typical day for Spanish people.
@ Hotel Omm