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If you've got a sophisticated palate, you won't want to miss a visit to Monvínic, the brainchild of Sergi Ferrer-Salat and a wine bar/restaurant that has become iconic over the years. Even more so since Ariadna Julian took over in a kitchen that cooks up exquisite dishes in every sense. When someone's career has spanned restaurants all around the world, the results are clear, like the wild hare a la royale or the charcoal-grilled squab, brought to the table with a sauce and accompaniments, which practically make up a separate dish. And we can barely find words for the poached egg, with 'sobrassada' sausage, parmentier, wild mushrooms and the juice from roast chicken.
Julian, who cut her teeth on Parisian cusine, later became an expert in her trade at the restaurant Cal Xim in the Catalan town of Sant Pau d'Ordal. There she perfected grilling techniques and set an excellent precedent in that great restaurant. Most of her dishes are grilled, and always with regard for using local products. Gourmets will love savouring the veal shank, which is cooked 15 hours at a low temperature, grilled and glazed with its juice.
You can enjoy all of this in surroundings that won a FAD (Fostering Arts and Design) Award in 2009. In addition to the wine bar (the cellar boasts 3,000 varieties) and restaurant, there's also a library, lounges, and the privileged chef’s table in the kitchen. Monvínic has the impeccable performance of the women who work there to thank, with Julian in the kitchen, as well as sommelier Isabelle Brunet who won the National Gastronomy Maître d’ award in 2018, maître Sophie Glossin, and director Clara Saludes.
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|Opening hours:||Wine bar: Mon 7pm-11pm; Tue-Fri 1pm-11pm; Sat 7pm-11pm; Sun closed. Restaurant: Mon 8pm-10.30pm; Tue-Fri 1.30pm-3.30pm, 8pm-10.30pm; Sat 8pm-10.30pm; Sun closed.|