Arola Barcelona is a sublime restaurant located inside the Hotel Arts Barcelona. This luxury hotel is located at Port Olympic and offers an exciting pop art design, which truly fits into the overall environment. Many people may already know this building well as it is in front of the giant whale sculpture by Frank Gehry.
The hotel itself tends to be pricey, so if you are on a budget trip, it might not be right for you. However, why not splurge and treat yourself to a meal at one of the most delicious Barcelona restaurants?
Arola Barcelona - The Chef and the Cuisine
The chef at this restaurant is Sergi Arola, he has trained under some masters in the culinary world including Ferrán Adrià and Pierre Gagnaire. But now everyone recognizes the fact that he has his own unique style. Arola serves creative interpretations of Mediterranean cuisine. That means that you can expect tapas served in an informal manner. The restaurant also boasts over 500 wines.
Sergi Arola's first restaurant, La Broche, was set up in 1997. He won his first Michelin Star in 1999 and then another in 2000. He also has won other prices, such as Best Chef of the Year from The Gourmet Tour guide and the National Gastronomy Prize. Arola Barcelona has already been recognized with two Michelin Stars.
Some visitors aren't familiar with tapas. However, if you want to get the true culinary experience, Arola is clearly one of the top Barcelona restaurants to go to. Tapas are sometimes served as appetizers, but at restaurants such as this one they are served as a main meal.
Offerings at Arola Barcelona include everything from eggplant, white asparagus and Nebraska beef, to marinated sardines, scallops and mussels. You can also pair your Tapas tasting menu with cocktails. Specialties include Pomegranate Pisco with Pisco, pomegranate juice and grapefruit sour and a Kentucky Kumquat with bourbon, kumquat, Ginger ale and cinnamon.
Booking Reservation for Arola Barcelona
This is one of the Barcelona restaurants that is open for lunch and dinner every night of the week. Barcelona Budget uses this restaurant reservation system to set up your dinner plans for free.
This is a great idea so that you don't have to worry about lines or waits once you get to the hotel. You want to make your experience as relaxing and carefree as possible.
More Insight into Tapas
If you enjoy your Tapas experience at Arola Barcelona, you will likely be hungry for more. Barcelona Budget offers a very affordable Barcelona Tapas walking tour. During this tour, you will not only learn more about Tapas, you will also get to sample some of the best in the city.
This three hour excursion includes a guided tour of Las Ramblas, where you will visit the Bouqeria Market. It also visits the Gothic Quarter. During the tour you will taste eight cold and hot tapas. You will also include two drinks, which can be beer, wine or cider.
There is one excellent cooking class you can take that is located in a 19th century mansion. During this class you will learn how to prepare five of the most traditional dishes including cured sausage skewer, squid rings in batter and paella. You will also sample your tapas at the end of the class. Of course, that is the best part.
If you are seeking to dine in an upscale setting while enjoying some of the finest food the city has to offer, choose Arola Barcelona. You won't be disappointed.