On our last night in Barcelona we went to the Michelan star restaurant, Caelis, run by chef Romain Fornell…which just so happens to reside in our hotel – isn’t that handy?!
We got all fancified and headed down for our reservation at 8pm
Note to self: When packing a tutu – bring a steamer!!
There were two menus to choose from and we opted for “festi val”
Delivered to our secluded table was a bottle of perfectly chilled, sparkly pink Cava and with a clink and a “cheers!” out came the first course
Nougat of foie gras, sea-urchin and seaweed caviar and fried octopus with saffron – everything was exquisite
An assortment of breads were brought over and I must say, I love when they give you coarse salt to sprinkle on top, especially with the sweeter rolls, it just tastes so yum!
Next up was a can of caviar and crab on a bed of hass avocado accompanied by a spoon serving of avocado jelly, topped with red caviar
It was very good, Himself loved it and ended up finishing mine too. (I don’t tend to get too far when it comes to seafood dishes that are very strong in taste, but I’ll get there!)
A lovely petite serving of foie gras soup with morels shallot and parmesan reggiano
Followed swiftly by my biggest challenge – Tartar of ox knife with mustard and sweet Piccalilli – eeks!
One of the waiters looking after us came out with a trolly and some liquid nitrogen and started whipping us up the sauce on the spot, I’ve never seen that done before so it was very exciting!
I was surprised that I liked it at all to be honest! But I just thought, if I’m ever going to try it, a michelin starred restaurant is the place to do it and I ended up being pleasantly surprised! That being said, I don’t think I’ll be rushing to ordering this for myself in the near future, its still scary!
Afterwards it was time for more beverages, Himself went with a beer, while I stuck with the sparkly stuff!
Scallops and Crab and Shrimp – oh my! (Wizard of Oz…come on people!).
‘Seafood Caelis’ housed the most beautiful scallop I’ve ever tasted, it was cooked to absolute perfection!
Finally we were onto the main course. It was quite the spectacle, the duck and various ingredients were brought out and Chef prepared and cooked the dish right in front of us
It was melt in your mouth, fall off your chair, clamber back up, eat some more and fall off your chair again kind of delicious – plus it was drowned in a sumptuous red wine gravy, which is ALWAYS ok with me!
The leg meat was chopped up into popcorn sized pieces, fried in spices and served immediately. I don’t usually like dark meat but served like this – nomnomnomnomnomnom!
Our cheese platter was accompanied by thin pieces of bread along with a jelly coulis and a sprinkling of walnuts and raisins
Then, with Ninja-like stealth, our entire table was cleared in a flash and replaced with a black, squidgy cloth that covered the whole table, our waiter gave us a knowing smile and then disappeared without any explanation….!
He returned, accompanied by a waitress and then we watched about 10mins of orchestrated pouring
Out came the liquid nitrogen again
Then the sauces – yoghurt and raspberry coulis
Popping candy and chocolate chips
Biscuit crumbs and more liquid nitrogen!!
and finally a smattering of fruits.
Our waitress then picked up the chocolate cup with both hands, held it just above her head, looked at us and said “This, is the chocolate bomb” and without warning, let go! It plummeted towards the table, smashed, causing bits of chocolate to fly in different directions all over the squidgy table mat releasing the soft sorbet and caramel popcorn that had been hidden inside
It. Was. Awesome!
By the time we put our spoons back down on the mat, there wasn’t a crumb left!
We thought we were done, we thought we couldn’t possibly eat anymore
and then they brought out sweets…!
Displayed on the cutest little stand were morsels of meringue, macaron, pistacio nougat, vanilla and chocolate sable, lime and mint cloud, Niza’s pasta of mango and lichi and lastly, strawberry and yoghurt rock. They were all delicious and really didn’t last very long at all!
After our fantastic evening of food, we went downstairs to Bluesman Cocktail Bar. The Reckless Band were playing live that night and they had the whole place eating out of their talented hands within minutes of beginning. It was brilliant! I sipped on an excellent Cosmopolitan and had a great oul seated-boogie as did everyone else in the place!
When their set ended the audience were buzzing for more, but sadly, as the club is in the hotel, there’s a pretty severe noise restriction in place so there were no encores. But to be fair, it was quite late and as we had to be up early to check out, we decided to call it a night.
It was a completley fabulous way to spend our last night in Barcelona