La Mar Salada (expo lunch)

la mar salada

April 23rd, 2012

To celebrate the success of Saturday’s Expo and to spend time with a group of friends who’d come over from London for the show, we went to La Mar Salada for lunch en mass.


Anyone who’s a regular reader of the blog will notice that I’ve been here twice before, but the food is so good, not to mention beautiful, that it’s always worth a mention. The weekly lunchtime menu is available here and they even translate it into English! La Mar Salada is an award winning restaurant in Barceloneta, coming highly recommended by Time Out. In the evening the menu can be quite expensive, but at lunchtime they have a three course 15 € menu which includes a glass of wine.

carxofes amb moll de l’os

Once again the menu looked quite amazing. I ordered Carxofes amb moll de l’os, caviar de salmó, ou poché de guatlla i salsa de rostit


(artichokes with bone marrow, salmon caviar, poached quail egg and gravy) for my starter. When it arrived I realise that almost the whole of our 15 person table had ordered the same. This was without a doubt the most amazing thing I’ve ever had here, or perhaps anywhere. The roasted baby artichokes contained a poached quail’s egg, topped with bone marrow and salmon roe. The combined flavour combination, was deliciously rich and creamy. In particular a fork full of poached egg yolk and bone marrow was exquisite!

lluç de palangre a la planxa

As my main course I had Lluç de palangre a la planxa amb risotto d’Idiazabal, espàrrecs bladers i vinagreta de tinta (hake cooked on a griddle with idiazabal cheese risotto, wild asparagus and ink vinaigrette). A lovely piece of hake with crispy skin on a bed of delicious creamy risotto with little pieces of wild asparagus.

steak tartar de vedella

Then Groucho let me taste his Steak tartar de vedella amb patates palla, encortits i vinagreta de mostassa (veal steak tartare with straw potatoes, pickles and mustard vinaigrette) – it just melted in the mouth and I was torn between mine and his. Eight or nine hours later, at Iposa (which was far to dark to photograph), I had some steak tartare. I was compelled to have it after tasting this veal tartare at lunch. The normal steak tartare was very good, but not quite as good as the veal here.

pa de pessic de taronja

For pudding I had Pa de pessic de taronja i cabell d’àngel (orange and candied spaghetti squash cake), which was sublime.

illa de merengue

Matthew had an amazing Illa de merengue sobre crema anglesa de vainilla (meringue on vanilla custard) – a beautiful meringue floating on a sea of custard.

sopa de litxi

Groucho had Sopa de litxi i rosa amb sorbet de gerds (lychee and rose soup with raspberry sorbet). I got to taste this one too and it was quite extraordinary. I had a spoonful of the sorbet with some soup and initially tasted rose and lychee, followed by a separate taste of raspberry a few seconds later. I love that kind of subtlety!

long table

Yet another excellent lunch! I highly recommend this restaurant.

La Mar Salada is at: Passeig Joan de Borbó, 58-59, 08003 Barcelona

Other La Mar Salada visits

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26 Responses to La Mar Salada (expo lunch)

  1. ChgoJohn says:

    An excellent lunch, indeed! What I find most amazing is the cost, MD. At 15 € for that quality, it’s a steal! Well, this fantastic meal aside, it sounds like you’re really enjoying yourself. That’s great!

  2. Completely amazing food. I’m dumbstruck, which is unusual for me:)

  3. Just fantastic from start to finish. I’ll be there when I go to Barcelona!

  4. What a highly suspect bunch of characters on that table!

  5. The baby artichokes! Wow!

  6. That is incredible food – isn´t it wonderful when you have a new “taste experience” (sorry, that sounds a bit silly, but I hope you know what I mean) and at an affordable price too!

  7. Maravilloso! 😉 (I know I’m missing one exclamation point, but is to give it an English touch 😉 )

  8. ceciliag says:

    Excellent and beautiful, the presentation makes each dish look like a treasure. Whoever is in the kitchen loves the food they present.. And expensive restaurants with affordable lunches! Awesome.. c

  9. peasepudding says:

    You really do have a good life, I’m quite jealous!

  10. Mad Dog says:

    Well, sometimes – thanks! I wish it was like this everyday 😉

  11. I love meals like this! The artichokes (and I have been really into artichokes lately) are so well done! I have never seen anything like it!

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