Hoja Santa, plainly and simply put, is one of the best Mexican restaurants in Barcelona. Albert Adrià and Mexican chef Paco Méndez approach popular Mexican tradition with an outlook and products that are both haute cuisine, and from there they manage to get surprising dishes such as the cep mushroom and truffle quesadilla, and the wagyu veal with chichilo mole. Where they really shine is in the gourmet work with vegetables, with dishes that play with the classics – try the pasilla mole with crunchy baby veg.
Attached next door is Albert Adrià's taco bar, Niño Viejo, which is pure fun: scrumptious tacos include the 'huitlacoche' (the corn smut fungus is a delicacy), as well as pork 'carnitas', ribs and scratchings. But in addition to traditional Mexican dishes, the cooking's also got the Adrià touch: the chicken with annatto marinade barbecued in a Josper should be obligatory.
|Venue name:||Hoja Santa / Niño Viejo|
|Opening hours:||Hoja Santa: Mon, Tue closed; Wed-Fri 7pm-10.30pm; Sat 1pm-2.30pm, 7.30pm-10.30pm; Sun 1pm-3.30pm. Niño Viejo: Mon, Tue closed; Wed 7pm-11.30pm; Thu-Sat 1pm-3.30pm, 7.30pm-11.30pm; Sun 1pm-3.30pm|
|Transport:||Espanya (M: L1,L3), Rocafort (M: L1)|