Inspired by Jean-Luc Godard’s Alphaville film, Architect Joyce Wang designed Ammo, a most beautiful restaurant enclosed in a six meter high glass box, tucked away on the lower level of the Asia Society.
On one side, the tall windows face a lush jungle garden at the base of a hill; peering up at the walking bridges above in the gardens.
As you enter yo are impressed by the hanging, deconstructed spiral staircase light fixture and the back drop of copper piping; an embossed pattern covering the wall behind the bar. The elements combine well and create a refined atmosphere with a bit of a steam-punk edge. Once you sit and start to take in the different elements every detail starts gaining importance, from the green velvet banquettes by the window. to the wood choices. Ammo is very well put together.
The menu is designed by chef Roland Schuller is a gentle mix of east and west. A menu that allows you to sample local flavors without pushing you out of a comfort zone. Highly recommended are the Sous Vide Cocktails; quite an interesting take on some classics.
Spiced Old Fashioned Buffalo Trace Bourbon, Orange, Cherry, Anise, Cinnamon Stick, Cloves and Syrup
Cornelia and Co is a stylish deli style coffee shop/wine bar/ bakery designed by GCA architects. A lovely interior made up of decoupage chairs and rustic elements provide a nice backdrop for the best coffee we had during our Barcelona trip.
Stop by for a very easy atmosphere, a good cheese selection, lovely pastries and giant chocolate easter eggs!
Bar Cañete is a wonderful Catalunian tapas bar. It came highly recommended by a local bohemian foodie. It is quite the institution, with their large kitchen staff, wonderful displays and very charming sommeliers. The Bar is not to be confused with the Cañete Restaurant next door; where you need to make a reservation (which we did not do).
Bar Cañete was so good, we went twice during our short visit. What stood out so far that it was ordered twice (each visit), was the cocas con tomato (toasted bread with tomato) that was the second best we had in Barcelona (after L’eggs)!
Other top dishes were the salmorejo Cordobez, a spectacular thicker version of the classic gazpacho, the bogavente (lobster) croquette, and the grilled artichokes with romesco.
We’ll let the photos do the talking .. but please be sure that Bar Cañete is worth seeking out!
grilled artichokes with romesco
Zamburiñas a small delicious scallop
fricando de rap bolets (monkfish stew with mushrooms)
grilled calamari sandwich with aioli
garlic and trumpet mushroom soup with a poached egg, a bit heavy for our palate
We found and fell in love with Barmut over our kitchen table in New York City. Chef Albert Mendiola’s anti-promo video on the website is more like a Jim Jarmousch’s Vampire film “Only Lovers left Alive“, then an enticing view of his moody and delectable establishment.
In life, thankfully, the service is very warm and accommodating; as we were not familiar with most of the extensive local wine list, we received a very fun crash curse and tasting from the sommelier – without any attitude or up-sell.
The food was heavenly. In a city known for seaside taps, Barmut had he softest, most delicious octopus we found in Barcelona. Seriously. It was grilled to perfection with just enough fire flavor to enhance, not overwhelm. The paprika potatoes on the side are the perfect companion. My mouth is watering a little just remembering the dish!
If you are in Barcelona, we highly recommend Barmut!
Some other quick notes on the menu:
Scallops with aioli -> perfect 🙂 The Pan con tomato was the 3rd best for us in Barcelona (we became a bit aficionado in our pursuit of the perfect Pan con Tomate !) The gambas a la brasa, were pretty good, if you are a fan of the dish. The Egg yolk carpaccio, with fried potato and shrimp we found a bit heavy.
A reservation is recommended, we found the best place to sit is one of the tall table. There is also outdoor siting for those lovely Barcelona nights 🙂
Directly across from the De Young Museum by the Golden Park is the LEED certified California Academy of Scenes. This is one fantastic science museum – an edifice of light ! Iconically supporting a 2.5 acre green roof, with solar panels bordering its numerous Skylights. Designed by Italian Architect Renzo Piano (he of the impressively new 2015 Whitney Museum in NYC).
This magnificent structure houses the Kimball Natural History Museum, Steinhart aquarium, the Morrison planetarium AND a tropical forest habitat!
The reptile collection is worth coming alone – even if just for Claude the albino alligator!