Wandering chef Peter Vivant has set down roots in Barcelona with Nomm, a surprising Asian restaurant with an original and personal culinary offering for people who are well travelled, you might say. Vivant is from nowhere and everywhere, a man born in the kitchen. OK, so he was actually born in New York, then he grew up between Hong Kong and Australia. His Chinese parents managed a hotel, and the place where little Peter felt happiest was in the kitchen. Add to that his sometimes obsessive desire to do everything well, and we find ourselves reaping the benefits.
With advice and suggestions from Polina, Vivant's Ukrainian colleague, we start our meal with croquettes, which are mostly indescribable but we end up comparing them with a cross between Roman supplì and Spanish croquettes; they're filled with pork and cheese and made with a Japanese technique. Nomm features a tasting menu for around €20, where you can sample a bit of all they offer. But you should also have a look around the à la carte menu, especially if you like to share. The dumplings – wagyu with foie gras, soup (the contents burst in your mouth), pork or vegetarian – are a sample of the quality that comes out of this kitchen diners can see into and it's all made to order.
The tartares (one Korean style with beef and another with red tuna, bursting with flavour and different) are the perfect way to continue the meal. Nomm also has a bar where you can try some gorgeous cocktails that are made to complement the original dishes.