La Terraza del Claris - Lunch with a View and Dining Under the Stars

 

Up on the rooftop of beautiful five-star Hotel Claris you can find a swimming pool, a chill-out bar and a gorgeous restaurant. The glass walls permits rooftop dining all-year-round, but on the sunny autumn day we visited the windows were wide open and a lovely soft breeze came through the white curtains. The dining space floor is covered with pretty carpets, and one of the walls is completely covered with monsteras and ivys, very lush.

 Photo © Barcelona Food Experience

Photo © Barcelona Food Experience

The staff is tremendously friendly and will help you out with anything you might need. We opted for a tasting menu, the so called Robust by Cebo menu, and it was delightful. 10 courses of dishes inspired by local flavours, of which many look like little pieces of art.

 “Catalan Baby Onion”, La Terraza del Claris, Barcelona. Photo © Barcelona Food Experience

“Catalan Baby Onion”, La Terraza del Claris, Barcelona. Photo © Barcelona Food Experience

 “A Study of Anchovies, Boqueron 2016”, La Terraza del Claris, Barcelona. Photo © Barcelona Food Experience

“A Study of Anchovies, Boqueron 2016”, La Terraza del Claris, Barcelona. Photo © Barcelona Food Experience

The chef that oversees the kitchen here is the stellar Aurelio Morales with the delightful and talented Daniel Hernández by his side. The tasting menu awarded Morales his first Michelin star, and we can see why. Hernández was present on our visit and we had the opportunity to have a chat with him about the dishes and the concept of the restaurant, and get to know the essence of their creations.

 Stew Croquette with Chickpeas, La Terraza del Claris, Barcelona. Photo © Barcelona Food Experience

Stew Croquette with Chickpeas, La Terraza del Claris, Barcelona. Photo © Barcelona Food Experience

 “Costa Brava’s Vreamy Rice with Red Shrimp from Palamós”, La Terraza del Claris, Barcelona. Photo © Barcelona Food Experience

“Costa Brava’s Vreamy Rice with Red Shrimp from Palamós”, La Terraza del Claris, Barcelona. Photo © Barcelona Food Experience

 “Matured Beef Shin Glazed and Served with Eggplant Caviar”, La Terraza del Claris, Barcelona. Photo © Barcelona Food Experience

“Matured Beef Shin Glazed and Served with Eggplant Caviar”, La Terraza del Claris, Barcelona. Photo © Barcelona Food Experience

The first course was Catalan Baby Onion, beautifully presented and bite-size perfect. I do not want to give away all the courses, but another one of my favourites was without a doubt A Study of Anchovies 2016, a famous masterpiece by chef Morales. The “Costa Brava’s Creamy Rice with Red Shrimp from Palamos” was amazingly succulent.

 “Beetroot Soft Cheese”, La Terraza del Claris, Barcelona. Photo © Barcelona Food Experience

“Beetroot Soft Cheese”, La Terraza del Claris, Barcelona. Photo © Barcelona Food Experience

 “Choco-Ratafia”, La Terraza del Claris, Barcelona. Photo © Barcelona Food Experience

“Choco-Ratafia”, La Terraza del Claris, Barcelona. Photo © Barcelona Food Experience

The pre-dessert, a Beetroot Sweet Cheese, was very surprising, as was the Choco-Ratafia (Ratafia is a liquor flavoured with almonds or the kernels of peaches, apricot or cherries, wonderfully sweet)

If you get thirsty there are beautiful cocktails made in the bar by mixologist Daniel Madeddu, and live music and DJ:s on Thursday and Saturday nights. It is a beautiful place for a lunch with views or a star-lit dinner with a date.

Address: Pau Claris 150