On Friday past, I was most lucky to be invited for lunch with my newfound pal, Lauren Heineck, from Sobremesa in Spain. We stumbled across each other via the bloggersphere and have been on all sorts of adventures including an horchata date and numerous coffees since.
We met at 13:55pm sharp. She caught me prancing around taking pictures outside and then we paraded on in for lunchy fun times at Barcelona's renowned 'Dos Palillos' restaurant and bar, which fuses Japanese style food with Spanish tapas.
It's a pretty slick place... once you have walked past the casual and brightly lit bar (for drinks and snacks) you come to heavy, cascading chains that part to reveal a square platform with a kitchen in the middle, more chains and sexy lighting. Oh yeah, these guys are on display for you to scrutinise!
Ooh look at those crispy, crunchy won tons!
The meal was very good indeed. The presentation was perfect and the chefs offered explanations of each dish and how to eat them. The quality and detail were equally as impressive. I especially loved the plates and bowls that they used, which were slate grey and with rough textures. I was tempted to pinch my beaker but decided against it... how embarrassing would it have been if I was caught? No sir. I resisted the sticky fingered temptation and continued to brandish my chopsticks and gesticulate wildly as the conversation flowed.
If you're looking for somewhere a little different, seeking to impress and fancy a little intimate seclusion then Dos Palillos is where it's at. It might be in the centre of the city on C/ Elisabets but once inside, you'll feel miles away from the humdrum!