Location: Calle Flassaders, 19, 08003 Barcelona
Date: June 11, 2016
Rating: Great meal
The frontage on a tiny cute street in an older quarter. You can’t even drive in here and the cab had to let us out several blocks away.
The space is sleek with that Euro-modern fusion of old materials and new.
Strawberry gazpacho. Awesomely refreshing in combo. Neither the sorbet or the gazpacho was super sweet. The strawberry had a hint of vinegar as well as so was a true gazpacho in some way. The texture on the sorbet was pleasantly grainy.
Amberjack ceviche. Tiger’s milk sorbet. Peppers. A very bright and zingy treatment of the raw fish, super clean. The peppers packed a bit of short duration punch too. Best all in combo like the previous dish.
2001 La Rioja Alta Rioja Gran Reserva 890 ‘Selección Especial’. On the nose, notes of dark cherry, mushrooms, aged oak. Similar notes on the palate, plus some dirt/tar, wet stones, and evolving tertiary notes. Even after several hours of decanting tasted younger than 2004 La Rioja Alta Rioja Gran Reserva 904, with plenty of tannins, even though well integrated. Clearly, not anywhere close to its peak yet, can easily cellar for 10+, if not 20, more years. Excellent balance and complexity.
Here is my (present) immediate family, looking slightly heavier than when we entered a few hours before.
Montiel served a delightful meal. Rooted in Catalan tradition, with a bit of modernism, but every dish was very tasty.