Food and drink
With a name of its own
Signature cuisine, aka haute cuisine, avant-garde cuisine or creative cuisine, has raised the international profile of Catalan cooking in recent years. The names of international chefs such as Ferran Adrià and the Roca brothers are closely linked to some of the city's best restaurants.
Perhaps Ferran Adrià is the best example. For many years the famous chef ran El Bulli, chosen as the world's best restaurant on five occasions. It closed in 2011 but will soon reopen, based on a laboratory concept.
Adrià took Catalan cooking to another planet and, directly or indirectly, produced a good crop of young chefs, many of whom are established in Barcelona restaurants, for example, Àbac and Arola, a l’Hotel Arts. Among this new generation of chefs there is his brother, Albert Adrià, who runs first-class restaurants such as Tickets, 410 and Pakta. Other outstanding chefs with restaurants in the Catalan capital are Jordi Cruz, Sergi Arola, Raül Balam, Paco Pérez and Martín Berasategui.
With all these names, Barcelona continues to lead the international gastronomic avant-garde. And among the huge range of top-quality restaurants in the city, there are 23 that stand out: those that have the honour of being awarded one or two Michelin stars. These include Roca Moo, the Barcelona establishment of the Roca brothers, who run El Celler de Can Roca, a Girona restaurant that has also topped the best-in-the-world list.
Spirit of renewal
So many good chefs have appeared in Barcelona because there is a strong culinary tradition here, and an ongoing determination to go further and renovate.
The restaurants that offer signature cuisine occupy the most elegant and avant-garde buildings in the city, with a design to match the high-class dishes they serve.
There are 23 restaurants in Barcelona that can claim the honour of having received one (or two) Michelin stars.
As their cellars stock the best Catalan and international wines, Catalan signature restaurants can count on top wine stewards to advise them on the best wine for each dish.