Barcelona is a city packed with culinary delights from around the globe and with so many to choose between, if you don’t plan in advance, you often end up dining somewhere less spectacular than your taste buds might hope, so to help avoid this I have put together my top 5 Asian fusion restaurants in Barcelona. I adore Fusion cuisine which combines elements of different culinary traditions and has helped to come up with some of today’s most exquisite dining experiences. Asian fusion is no exception combining delicacies, techniques and recipes from the culinary masters of Japan, Cambodia, China and Thailand to name but a few, and what I really adore is when a restaurant adds a nod to its locale such as a tapas twist from right here in Barcelona.
Top of my list has to be Nomm which we have already reviewed and is pictured above, a little gem of an Asian Mediterranean Fusion Restaurant. As well as the beautifully presented and delicious dishes served, it has a very friendly staff, great atmosphere and a wonderful selection of delicious cocktails created by their mixologists. Try their twists on sumptuous dishes like: Wagyu “Jiaozi” Dumplings, SashimiMixto and Tartar de Atun Yellow Fin Picante and their array of delicious desserts which won’t leave you wanting. Their menu changes seasonally and introduces dishes from around the world in their traditional form with a contemporary twist. Nomm is also the first restaurant in Barcelona to have an optional “shared table experience”, where diners can rub shoulders with fellow foodophiles while sampling a palate widening series of creative dishes.
Avenue del ParaI-lel, 130, 08015,Barcelona
T: +34 932 807925
If you’re looking for something out of the ordinary and a little quirky, this is it. This restaurant only seats 11 people in one sitting and is incredibly popular so you’ll almost definitely need to book before you arrive. Run by chef Iker and his partner Anna you will enjoy a unique and intimate and personal dining experience. There is no menu, instead all meals will be tailored to your dietary requirements which you share before you arrive and then you will be met with an incredible multi-course meal (around 15 courses!). Almost like Alice in Wonderland, nothing will be what it seems and you won’t know what expect when you take your next bite, for example one course was called ‘The Rolling Stones’ which honestly looked like a plate of old pebbles but then they tell you: “just 6 of these are edible” – great fun! Quick tip: to avoid any unexpected post-dinner awkwardness, this restaurant is cash only so come prepared!
Carrer de Rossend Arus, 12, 08014 Barcelona, Spain
T: +34 656 99 09 30
You might have heard of the fabulous SHUNKA, but KOY SHUNKA is its sister restaurant offering a more refined experience and awarded its first Michelin Star in 2013. KOY SHUNKA, which means: ‘intense seasonal flavour’, is an excellent example of Japanese fusion, offering freshly prepared dishes made from the finest ingredients, like their delicious nigiri and sushi prepared right in front of you. This is a truly authentic Japanese experience as the owner was born in Toyota (Japan), taught the art of Japanese cuisine at his father’s restaurant from a young age and worked in many dining establishments over there before coming to Barcelona in 1997.
Carrer de Copons, 08002 Barcelona, Spain
T: +34 93 412 79 39
Another of my Asian-Mediterranean favourites, Indochine Ly Leap, creates range of Vietnamese, Cambodian and Thai inspired tapas dishes all set in what feels like an urban jungle, where your low-slung table is surrounded by mesmerising fish tanks, tropical shrubs and orchids and it even includes a floating house imported directly from the Mékong river! Ly Leap, the chef, shows off his expertise with spices, citrus flavours and aromatic herbs, grown in his very own roof garden. Try the chicken marinated in ginger, garlic, soy and coriander which comes wrapped in lemon leaves, lamb with plum sweet and sour sauce or stir fried steamed mussel salad with coconut strips and you won’t be disappointed! This is undoubtedly one of the most unique dining experiences you’ll find in Barcelona.
Carrer de Muntaner, 82, 08011 Barcelona, Spain
T: +34 934 51 17 96
Finally, Kao Dim Sum offers Asian dining from the perspective of handmade dim sum haute cuisine in a simple, modern setting. Chef Josep Maria Kao creates ambitious cuisine at reasonable prices with spectacular dishes like the fried rooster crest with beef, courgette and ginger. Don’t be fooled by the name though as Kao doesn’t just make dim sum: you can also enjoy dishes with Chinese and Catalan touches, such as the delicious rib roast with sweet-and-sour sauce or green beans sautéed with bacon and Maresme peas all washed down with some excellent wines.
Carrer del Bisbe Sivilla, 48, 08022 Barcelona
T: +34 93 417 30 64
So, next time you’re heading to the cosmopolitan capital of Barcelona, make sure you book a few meals in these excellent dining destinations which will immediately transport you from the Mediterranean to South East Asia in a matter of bites!
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