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Several sound reasons to seek out La Singular in Barcelona

25th May 2017

 Salad with figs, feta cheese and a mint vinaigrette


La Singular is one of my favourite restaurants for both lunch and dinner.

Here are several sound reasons why:

Price for lunch:

For the menú diari [menú del día], which includes bread and wine, or beer, or water, you’ll pay 10,40€.

Ajoblanco de prèssec de vinya, pernil i menta — cold garlic and almond soup with peach, ham and mint as served at La Singular

Price for dinner:

  • Starters and first courses cost between 2,50€ and 6€.
  • Mains cost around 8€ — 15€.
Lasagne at La Singular

Lasagna de brandada de bacalao y mousselina gratinada de albaricoques.(Salt cod and pureed potato lasagne with apricots and a mousse.)

Choice:

  • The fixed-price lunch menu offers a choice of 4 first courses, 3 or 4 second courses and 3 or 4 desserts.
  • An extensive à la carte menu is available in the evening,

 

Pollo i espagueti amb salsa i menta — Chicken and spaghetti, sauce and mint as served at La Singular

Pollo i espagueti amb salsa i menta — Chicken and spaghetti, sauce and mint as served at La Singular

Quality:

Ingredients, preparation and presentation are all reliably excellent. I have never had a duff plate here.

Carpaccio de alcachofas, jamón de pato, parmesano y crema de balsámico trufado. (Carpaccio of artichokes, duck 'ham' with a balsamic reduction wit truffles.)

Carpaccio de alcachofas, jamón de pato, parmesano y crema de balsámico trufado. (Carpaccio of artichokes, with parmesan cheese, duck ‘ham’, spotted with a balsamic and black truffle reduction.)

Taste:

The food offered here is playfully inventive, joyfully combining meat, fish and cheese with fresh seasonal fruits, berries, herbs, dried fruits, nuts and veggies to produce wonderfully balanced, flavoursome dishes. Delicious.

Pastís de carne i moixernons, pure i la seva salsa — Meatloaf with mushrooms, mashed potato and house sauce as served at La Singular.

Pastís de carne i moixernons, pure i la seva salsa — Meatloaf with mushrooms, mashed potato, pistachios and house sauce as served at La Singular.

Service:

Polite and businesslike. Timing very good; attentive without being intrusive. English can be spoken.

It is not possible to reserve a table for lunch.

“Pollo Singular” — muslitos en escabeche suave de naranja y hummus de guisantes y espécies. (Chicken thighs in an orange marinade with a spiced pea hummus.

Ambience:

Thoughtfully lit, tastefully decorated, intimate, cosy, squeezed space with a very comfortable noise level.

As you walk into the dining-room you’ll pass the small kitchen area and see dishes being prepared.

Pollastre farcit amb prunes, orellanes i taronja amb cous cous de fruites — Chicken stuffed with prunes, apricot and orange with cous cous and diced fruit as served at La Singular. bn

Pollastre farcit amb prunes, orellanes i taronja amb cous cous de fruites — Chicken stuffed with prunes, apricot and orange with cous cous and diced fruit as served at La Singular.

Value:

Excellent. Probably the best value lunch in the city.

Interior of La Singular

In Sum: 

Over the years I’ve dined here more than a dozen times. Since January this year I’ve dined here three times.  And, I’ll be going again next week.

“Rabbit with chocolate? That ain’t  gonna work.” But it does.

“Duck with banana, passion fruit and pistachios… are you serious? Get outta here.”  It shouldn’t work — but it does.

Here is a link to their current evening menu (in Spanish): MENU.

Without exception, every person I have taken here, including a chef, a sous chef, a cook and a caterer, have all been more than a little impressed by the food here.

This isn’t some geeky, hipster bunch of wannabes throwing together wacky combos for the sake of it — more a sincere, playful attempt to please, entertain and satisfy — and it does.

Location:

At the heart of Gràcia, just around the corner from the Ajuntament (Town Hall), a minute stroll from Plaça de la Vila (Town Hall square).

Open on Mondays. Closed on Sundays. Closed for lunch on Fridays.

LINKS:

Go HERE for my Spotted by Locals write-up with a map and all the info on opening hours. Download the app HERE.

Restaurante La Singular website: HERE

Carrer Francisco Giner, 50

Call: (+34) 93 237 5098

Restaurants

Make tracks to Tram-Tram in Barcelona

22nd December 2016
Amuse bouches at Tram-Tram, Barcelona

Tram-Tram, a family owned, family run restaurant, is an excellent spot for small get-togethers, or, perhaps, a romantic rendezvous, and a good introduction to contemporary Catalan cuisine. It's a small, perfectly formed and tastefully decorated restaurant, with private dining-rooms and a pleasant leafy patio.

Isidre Soler, the chef, (who spent time training with Ferran Adrià at El Bulli before it became internationally known) takes evident, painstaking pride in the preparation and presentation of his exquisite dishes.

I’ve been fortunate enough to have dined for lunch and dinner here a few times over the past thirteen years. I’ve dined in the general interior dining area, a private dining-room and in the patio. Never disappointed about any aspect of the experience.

Jamon-iberico-with-pa-amb-tomaquet-and-terrine-of-foie-gras-at-Tram-Tram

Price for lunch:

The menú del día, or almuerzo a precio fijo (fixed-price lunch), is 28€ and includes bread, water, a glass of cava or a glass of wine, and coffee.

Choice:

  • Tasting menu — offers five courses, with bread, and a dessert for 39,50€. Wine is extra — by the glass, between 3€ and 7€, and for 16€ you could have a very tasty bottle. The wine list offers a selection of 150 unpretentious wines.
  • El Festival — a surprise menu consisting of three tapas, four dishes, a cheeseboard and two desserts for 70€.
  • A lá carte — depending on the season, but the menu usually offers a choice of six starters, ten meat and fish dishes and six desserts. Prices for mains (entrées) are between 21€ and 28€ — and they offer ¾ size portions at appropriately reduced prices. In the autumn (fall) the menu will include a few game dishes.

All options include two amuse bouches — often an espuma (foam) or mousse of some kind and a sardine served with tongue teasing relishes.

Loin of cod with mushrooms squid-ink parsley reduction-and-chives

Quality:

Chef Soler uses only the very best ingredients — as is evident with every mouthful.

Sardine escabeche and espuma of courgette (zucchini) amuse bouches as served at Tram-Tram.

Taste:

The food — including original variations on classic dishes such as seafood paella and cochinillo (suckling pig) — is flavoursome without being rich, and is very, very good. It’s perhaps a strange observation, but there’s a certain clarity about the flavours here. Despite the complexity of some of the dishes — for example, Royal hare with foie gras and sweet potatoes — none of the flavours dominate but each are evident on the tongue.

Cochinillo (suckling pig) as served at Tram-Tram.

Service:

Service is excellent, the waiters, neatly turned out in white Nehru jackets, are very attentive though keep a discreet distance from your table, conscious to not interrupt the flow of your conversation. The very knowledgeable, and very helpful maitre'd will help you navigate the menu and off-menu specials, and guide you through the wine list. (An English version of the menu is available).

Ambience:

The overall feel is very restful, akin to dining in a wealthy friend’s home. There’s no rush, no bother, no drama — everything is just so.

Value:

You could pay a lot more for a lot less. You’ll be paying for reliably excellent food professionally served in a comfortable and restful ambience. You’ll likely feel better about yourself when you leave.

Pear and mango dessert as served at Tram-Tram

Michelin Guide:

If such things matter to you then you’ll be reassured to know that Tram-Tram is mentioned, although not starred, in the Michelin Guide for Barcelona.

In sum…

All in all, excellent value and highly recommended. Bon profit!

Location

Carrer Major de Sarrià, 121

Sarrià

Above Passeig de la Bonanova

​WEBSITE: HERE

SarriàALL FGC trains departing from Plaça Catalunya and Provença, EXCEPT L7, call at Sarrià.

MondayCLOSED
Tuesday1:30PM–3:30PM
Wednesday1:30PM–3:30PM & 9PM –10:30PM
Thursday1:30PM–3:30PM & 9PM –10:30PM
Friday1:30PM–3:30PM & 9PM –10:30PM
Saturday1:30PM–3:30PM & 9PM –10:30PM
Sunday1:30PM–3:30PM