November 29th 2012
We went to a birthday party at Caravelle last Saturday, a fairly new restaurant in Raval, owned by a friend, Australian chef Zim Sutton. We shared most of the dishes on the menu and 20 or so people dived in at once, suffice it to say, it wasn’t a great photo opportunity – never mind, that gave me a very good excuse to go back!
Zim has concentrated on a short menu with 4 or 5 items in each category and in my opinion that’s how you produce the best food.
succulent leg of lamb with dill and lemon yoghurt,
and a little mountain of peas, lemon zest, feta and mint.
The lamb was particularly tender Spanish lamb and I thought the white-bean gratin had a slight hint of marzipan.
We didn’t eat dessert, but the meringue with mascarpone and spiced plums
and the toffee apple and pear crumble looked excellent!
On Saturday we ate the meatballs in tomato sauce, which would easily satisfy a hungry Catalan customer, as would the amazing fried salt cod with smoked tomato allioli. The chicken with piri piri was succulent and contained the perfect amount of chilli. I don’t normally eat much cake, but the birthday cake (made in house) had me going back for more – I believe it was down to the use of mascarpone instead of cream…
To go with our dinner we drank a perfect local rosado called Más Amor (More Love) – what a great name!
The food and service here is excellent.