We had one of the best lunch in Barcelona a few days ago.I finally went to see the new “Nou Mediterrani”, where we had an amazing lunch at this a stunning restaurant in between El Born and Eixample, co-owned and managed by my dear friend Carlota, who came back from London to take care of this new challenge, bringing to New Mediterrani all her passion and knowledge of all those years in the hospitality industry in London. I have to say indeed, my visit exceeded my expectations.
Just as I walked in a brand new chill out area, by the entrance, with a giant blackboard did make a difference with the one I visited months ago, just when she started this new project. Her kind hostess Alex, led us to our table, what was my surprise when we saw that main floor, was not open, so he took downstairs, where a beautiful huge salon with Roman arches, soft lighting and subtle background music, was actually where the lunch was served, “Carlota I said to myself, well done girl, you’ve managed to make huge a difference, and we haven´t even started”.
It was supposed to be just a casual lunch with friends, but it turned into a spectacular meal in a wonderful unexpected location and a lovely, friendly and warm atmosphere, which we could not but loved it.
We decided to go for the special menu they offer Monday to Fridays at lunch time. Just as we sat, our lovely Carlota showed up with an amazing plate of croquets, crispy on the outside and a bit runny inside, just the way I like it, I hardly saw then actually, as they disappeared in about seconds!!
As a starter, after a long uncertainty I had “Red Tuna Ceviche with Vegetable Crisp”, a dish that I do not always dare to ask, as it is not easy to find a good one, especially when you’ve eaten my friend Esther Espejo Ceviche, but it was a jackpot, it had just a perfect citric touch and that texture of marinated tuna, that you do not want to ever ends.
Anyway, it was time for a main course and after much hesitation, and in tribute to my home, came some delicious “Deep Fried Baby Squid with Citric Hollandaise Sauce” I am a southern boy, and it was like to be back home, terrific!!
I am also sweet (in all ways), so I treated myself with a tremendous dessert” Homemade Eco Chocolate Brownie with Bourbon Vanilla Ice Cream”, at this point had already fallen surrendered into the arms of Carlota, you did it girl!!
The most astonishing was actually the bill, when we realized that stunning menu was only € 15.95, it was unreal. The truth, to sum up, you get the impression for the place you are, the excellent service from the waiters, hostesses, product quality you eat … you will pay a minimum of € 40-50€ per person, and you end up paying less than half, and we love that don´t we?
After the meal, and in a sort of avoid a deserve Spanish siesta, I looked for Carlota and we have a little intimate chat;
In between us
What did it make you come back from London my darling?
After 7 years in London I was ready for new challenges. I was offer the job as a General Manager in Nou Mediterrani and after visiting the place I did not think it twice, it’s a lovely venue in central Bcn with lots of potential. Now working alongside one of the best head chefs I know, we believe Neu Mediterrani will become a point of reference in the Barcelona gastronomy,
Now out of the blue and looking into my eyes, tell me, with no limits, who would you invited to Nou mediterrani for;
Breakfast, Jamie Oliver, I love his gastronomic philosophy
Lunch, my grandma, one of the most important woman in my life, from her I learnt since how to be a wonderful person to cook the most traditional Catalan dishes.
Dinner, my friends & family, who better than them to create memories enjoying good food & good wine.
Cocktails with no doubt Harry Craddock
In a few words convince me to come to Neu mediterrani?
Make memories in your life around good food & wine in a beautiful place.
From your menu, create your perfect lunch;
Starter; Black rice with white truffles, tarragon & Catalan mushrooms
Main course; cured beef tagliata
Dessert; yogurt bread with red berries & violet ice cream
Drink; a glass of Trenzado, a biological white wine from Canary Island.
What do you dream off Carlota?
good question! but is simple, my dream is just what I have in my life right now, I’m a strong & hard work woman, and I have everything I could wish for. I have a wonderful family & friends, a job that I love & health, everything else is welcome of course!
I had to love her, isn´t she adorable? New mediterrani also open in the evenings, so it will be interesting to try one of their dinners, in addition to different events like private parties, business meals that Carlota Run with success, innovating and surprising with her fantastic proposals.
After my visit I know Carlota will fulfill her dream, since she is putting her soul and heart in it, and her smile and passion while attending to her clientage is the reflection of what she is living, making her dream come true.
Congratulations princess and thank you very much for everything, we will be back asap
Love & Hugs
Mario from loving