In our search for restaurants with good value; we found Ohla Gastrobar . It is located on the first floor of the Ohla Hotel right by the Palau de la Musica. What a gorgeous place. High ceilings, a touch of the old hidden in ultra lux modernism. But enough about the decor. Let’s talk about the food.
We started off with the croquetas de pollo asado y setas (roasted chicken and mushroom croquettes 1.80 Euro). These were impeccable examples of Spanish croquetas, light yet sinful. Breaded and fried yet elegant.
The next dish to come out was the ginger and citrus marinated salmon suke (3.80 Euros). This was an incredibly sophisticated dish. Even Antonio who is not a fish aficionado loved it. The fish was delicate and nicely enhanced by the flavors. The salmon was sprinkled with sea salt shavings, a lovely choice.
We ordered the eggs poached at 62 Celcius (6.50 Euros). We started to note the restaurant’s talent: simple, comforting dishes crafted elegantly. It came on a Perol sausage which is traditionally made of all the parts I love; head, heart, kidney. The butifarra was slightly too salty but not enough to affect the dish. The beans were judías de Sta. Pau, white, light and delicious. The egg was phenomenal. This would be the perfect hangover food if you drank a little too much Cristal the evening before.
I have a thing for rabbit and could not resist ordering the rabbit cannelloni with white truffles (8.50 Euros). While this was not one of my favorite dishes it was still nice. I would have had the rabbit by itself and the cannelloni by itself; I actually ended up doing that and enjoying it quite a bit.
The meatballs came out next (8 Euros). Succulent, juicy, flavorful. These were delicious and even though I was full; I think I could have made space for more.
Our final dishes arrived: Cap i pota with garbanzo (8 Euros) and Patatas fritas “Pont Neuf” (3.50 Euros). I was quite full at this time and I think this did not allow me to appreciate the cap i pota (head and leg of pork). The garbanzos were al dente and quite tasting but the cap i pota was a bit too heavy for me. The potatoes I was not a fan of.
This is a great restaurant. For an inexpensive tapas bar it has all the makings of a Michelin star. The service is great, the decor is gorgeous and its dishes incredibly sophisticated. In fact, I think I am returning today.
Ohla is located at Via Laietana, 49, 08003 Barcelona, Spain +34 933 41 50 50
September 22nd, 2011