Barcelona boasts some places that even New York, Paris or London can’t claim. Take Maritím, a restaurant located on the heights of the Real Club Marítimo de Barcelona, one of the few spots – perhaps the only one – where from the terrace you can admire the city’s good side, with La Rambla too far in the background to even show up in the shot. With aperitifs in hand, we watched the passing sailboats and yachts, as well as amateur fisherman, while we were brought San Carlos shrimp boiled in seawater and served cold – perfect to go with the homemade mayonnaise. Maritím, which until recently was part of the ill-fated group Pósito, aspires to be the figurehead of the AN group, led by Artemi Nolla. The new décor has give the restaurant the character and elegance it was missing. The marine whites and blues combined with well-done lighting make this one of the nicest places in the area for an evening meal. The covered terrace with comfy chairs is ideal for appetizers and a good whisky.
The steady kitchen team, led by Antxon, promises to make this spot an area landmark. A highlight is their use of firewood for the prawns as well as some wild fish, and of course this type of cooking is a natural for the meats on the menu. Start with a pica-pica, choosing from a selection of cockles, mussels, calamari, patatas bravas, fried fish, and when it’s available, an excellent fresh fish soup. The rice with a broth of coastal scampi or the Calasparra rice with vegetables are other options. We chose a papardelle with poached egg, truffle and cheese sauce.
Maritím is undoubtedly one of the key places to dine during the warmer months, not only because of the beautiful work done behind the kitchen doors, but also because of the enviable location. The desserts and wine list help to make this restaurant stand out among the others in its group.