Restaurante Mano Rota - Barcelona
The Venezuelan Oswaldo Brito and his business partner Bernat Bermudo are part of the saga of young chefs in Barcelona, along with hungry efforts and dreams, have struck gold with their gastronomic project. Both chefs have an amazing bond that goes way back since their culinary school days at the Escuela Hofmann, and working side by side in Bubó Pastisseria, Jean-Luc Figueras, Mugaritz (San Sebastian), Lima 27 (Peru), Las Rejas and Gaig among other places. The duo have opened up Mano Rota in early 2015 and they are already leading the gastronomic adventure in the Paral-lel area of the city. Many Barcelonians have begun to look past the hip Sant Antoni street of Carrer del Parlament and are crossing over to this side of town, and truth be told, most become returning customers.
Mano Rota has an industrial flair to the space, with bulb-like pendant lighting and aluminium pipes juxtaposed across the high ceiling. There is an element of eco as well, thanks in part to sustainable materials used such as a reclaimed wooden bar top and the red-brick lined walls have been left almost untouched. In the back of the restaurant is a private, small and not completely closed off space, adjacent to the kitchen and looks out onto a courtyard decorated with a vertical garden. The long table can seat up to 12 people, perfect for any group gathering or occasion. In this restaurant, sophistication and style are priorities, but more so is function!
We followed the chef's recommendation and had a tasting menu, a genuine combination of flavours, nuances, textures and sensations. Sitting close to the bar area, we were entertained by the lively atmosphere and the mingling of the staff. Bread from the local Poble Sec bakery Pa Serra was set on the side of the table, adding to the restaurant's support for local businesses. We had a bottle of cava to accompany all of our main dishes until dessert arrived. We especially loved the finger food selections: yuca and scamorza (Italian cow's milk cheese) croquettes in all its crunchiness on the outside and smoothness in the inside with a hint of lemony mayonnaise, and the escalivada, a traditional Catalan dish of smokey grilled vegetables on a brittle bread. The grilled tuna with vegetable and stir fry soup was our fish of choice with a functional combination that we had love to try again. Expect food with a fusion between Asian, Mediterranean and South American in perfect blending ingredients and each with a strong taste to delight your palate. We tried the cheese board extraordinaire, with 5 different cheeses, gourmet bread sticks and two jams that combined perfectly well with the sweet wine.
This is the ideal restaurant that makes you want to go out for dinner. The food is properly presented with a creative edge and the chefs aren't trying to show off, but rather sticking to their own philosophy of keeping customers content with new dishes every month.
Restaurante Mano Rota | Fusion food | Prices: Average 25 - 35€ per person with wine / 2 sets of tasting menu 35€ or 55€ per person | Mon - Sat 13:00 - 16:00 / 20:00 - 00:00 Sunday closed | Address: Carrer de la Creu dels Molers 4, Barcelona, Spain 08004 | Tlf: 931 648 041 | firstname.lastname@example.org | www.manorota.com | #manorotabcn