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 🙂
The first thing that catches the eye at Montreal’s Pullman is the large centerpiece – a wine grass chandelier. Quite a remarkable and clever design for wine bar.
While on first glance Pullman seems small and unassuming, it is largely due to the clever design of the space by Cabinet Braun-Braën. The restaurant is divided into small vignettes over its multilevel retro-futuristic expanse; Pullman is large enough to host 150 guests. All of whom are enjoying their lovely meals in tranquility!
The tapas menu is a simple check-box card to be filled in with the provided pencils; very practical and fun. The wine menu, however, is a bit overwhelming with more then 340 choices!
Pullman delights in all respects. I would say that the photos of the food do them justice. The dishes are as tasty as they are attractive!
11:30 am – 3:00pm Monday – Friday
5:30 pm – 11:30pm Tuesday – Saturday
On one evening strolling through the charming streets of old Montreal, we had the luck of stumbling upon Accords. First the aromas filtering through the doors and windows pulled us in to to the street side menu. We were hooked upon reading the first item on the menu ‘The Fish That Came in From The Cold‘. As John Le Carre fans we just had to go in.
Accords is quite a beautiful restaurant, designed by Karim Zariffa. Who did the entire experience, including furniture and unique and experimental light fixtures resembling a chemistry lab.
The name of the restaurant ties right into their main theme of pairings. The menu offers you two pairings for each dish; either in Accord (agreement) as a classic pairing or in Dis-Accord (disagreement) in a nontraditional pairing. Accord is a place where the sommeliers – Philip Morisset and Lainie Taillefer – share center stage with executive chef Marc-André Lavergne and pastry chef Sayaka Omori. Applause are in order.
QUÉBEC CHEESES PLATTER
nuts, dried fruits and bread croutons paired with a primitivo lamie delle vigne 2009
THE FISH WHO CAME IN FROM THE COLD*
Stove mackerel, pickles, cucumber, dill, ratte potato chips and smoked mussels paired with Emilia «Notte Di Luna» 2010, Ca’ de Noci
Mushrooms cloud and ricotta raviolis, portobello, porcinis, shiitakes and wild mushrooms with paired Collio « San Lorenzo di Brazzano» 1999, I Clivi
If you like perfect paninis, like the scrumptious ricotta, pesto, and roasted vegetables, a relaxed and cozy atmosphere, efficient and friendly service, delicious wine, ‘Ino is the place for you; and then there is the truffle egg toast.
The tiny kitchen is very flexible when it comes to changes and requests off the menu. This makes it very attractive for people with a vegetarian diet. There is also have the option of half a Panini with soup/salad, or the quatro panini wich is each quarter with a different flavour. ‘Ino is one of the places where the quality of food and wine far outway the pricetag; for what you get it is surprisingly easy on the wallet.
I think the sum synergy of this lovely establishment can be summed up as follows: One day we were enjoying our Truffle Egg Toasts and wine at the end of the bar. The waiter came back to the bartender and mentioned that someone at a table had asked for a white wine recommendation. The two waiters and the bartender then proceeded to have an in-depth discussion (about 3-4 minutes) bout which wine was the best to pair with the particular panini ordered. At no point was price mentioned – it was all about the right flavors to achieve maximum enjoyment!
Other Items of note on the menu are Bruschettes, a favorite is the fennel and rucola salad with goat cheese, cheese plates, daily soup, good coffee and fresh orange juice. And then there’s the Truffle Egg Toast … Enjoy!!!