Restaurante Somorrostro sits on its own block in the Barceloneta, a Barcelona neighborhood that stretches like a finger between the port and the sea, long inhabited by fishermen and their bars. Named for a colony of Southerners who migrated here in the 1950’s to work in the gas factory, Restaurante Somorrostro is its own ethnic haven of both international and local flavors and gastronomic heterogeneity expressed through the skilled hands of three young chefs hailing from Finland, Mexico and Barcelona, and accented by the excellent service provided by our Ecuadorian waiter and the manager, Guillermo, who is from Murcia.
This modern, yet cozy, bistro has two dining rooms with a total of about 10 tables, but the highlight is without a doubt the tiny bar in front of the completely open kitchen where you can watch the black-clad chefs making your dinner of langoustine salad with red endives, roasted nuts, plums, mixed greens, edible flowers, and slivered sea salt; monkfish with litchi sauce on savory rice with shellfish; or roast lamb with chocolate sauce. Only open for dinner, the menu changes every day depending on what the market has to offer, but always includes 4 appetizers and 5 main dishes (2 meats, 2 fish, and 1 vegetarian).
The food is not only beautifully presented, delicious and almost impossibly fresh, but the portions are ample, achieving that delicate balance between highly creative and inventive cuisine and honest well-prepared food that you would actually love to stuff your face with on a daily basis. The owner, Andras Gaspar, has also paid attention to the wine list which is varied but has a good selection of Catalaln wines and cavas. We had the Loxarel Gaia, 2005 Sauvignon Blanc (D.O. Penedés), which is left with the skins for 12 hours and then partially barrel fermented. Both wine and food prices are reasonable and even affordable in the frequently over-priced world of Barcelona cuisine, and service was casual, but impeccable.
Sant Carles 11, Barceloneta
93 225 0010
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