Restaurant Review: Tragaluz
Well, Barcelona has been pretty cool in just about every way. This city is absolutely incredible, and the cool areas just never seem to end. In just one day we visited Las Ramblas, La Boqueria (the food market), the gothic quarter, the port, a casual yacht show, a rooftop lunch, and walked up and down Paseo de Gracia probably 10 times. However, the highlight of the day may have been dinner. We ate at a restaurant called Tragaluz, located just off Paseo de Gracia near our hotel, so it was a convenient walk. We walked in to see a bar with casual seating of tables eating with chopsticks, and a very Asian vibe, which confused me after I did my research to make sure I was taking us to a Spanish restaurant. After talking to the lady at the bar, though, we were sent to the second floor where we found ourselves inside the kitchen of a much nicer restaurant, the contemporary Spanish one I was expecting. We were brought through the kitchen and into the two-story dining room covered with a slanted transparent ceiling that brought the nature inside. The decor was all minimalistic but warm and inviting, and the menu was small but had plenty of delicious looking items ranging from tapas to share to paellas and fish entrees. I ordered the salmon (typical of me) which was great, and very well presented on top of awesome flavors. My mom got a veggie rice dish which was essentially a fancy paella, and my dad had something similar but with lobster and shrimp. To begin we ate bread with tomato and brioche with smoked mozzarella and truffle. My family can't seem to turn up truffle whenever we see the word printed on a menu. The entire meal rocked, but the best part of it had to be dessert. They all looked so incredible we had to pick two: the pain perdue with cinnamon ice cream and the creme brûlée with raspberries. I think I died and went to heaven with each bite, and honestly can't pick a winner between the two. They were simply the most perfect icing on a delectable cake that was tonight's dinner, making yet another memorable evening of dining during my parents' stay over here in Spain. I'm glad we could experience some more Spanish food in such a unique and special way while in Barcelona, since we went out for Italian food last night! I highly recommend Tragaluz for anyone spending time in Barcelona. The bill was extremely reasonable and it was a very high end dinner. I would've paid the total just for the desserts!!!