Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Rating Tenorio Braseria , Barcelona

Great design and service, disappointing food

We were frantically looking for a restaurant in one of the side streets of Passeig de Gracia. This as our friend John had recommended a restaurant in this neighbourhood called Cerveseria Catalana. This was a place to eat tapas, he claimed, and we headed there on our last night in town. Sadly we did not find the place so we strolled down Passeig de Gracia, passed Casa Battlio looking for a place to eat. It was then we found Tenorio, and decided to dine there.

Location: BBBB
Dead easy to find, as Tenorio is located in one of the busiest street in Barcelona, close to Catalunya. Hardly the most romantic setting to sit outside, but you can always take a drink in Barri Gotic. But the interior may ignite some romantic feelings, I must admit.

Atmosphere: BBBBB
When we entered, we were amazed to see that only one more couple ate in this large restaurant. As one of my first rules is that a good restaurant is always packed with people, we wondered whether we had made a good choice. But since we were early diners, compared to the Catalans, that tend to eat rather late, we decided to give it a try.

What we did not know was that Tenorio is claimed to be one of the hottest, newest, and sleekest restaurants in town designed by the hot interior designer Estrella Salieti. She had designed sleek lines, curving banquets, neutral colours charged with inventive purple lighting on walls and ceilings.

In spite of the lighting, it felt rather dark in there, as if we entered a cave, as we left the bright light outside for the soft chairs in the brasserie. This could be a good place for a romantic dinner or the first date, after all, as it felt dark and cosy, and we were comfortably seated by the elegant table.

Service: BBBBB
The service was excellent, nothing more, nothing less. As we arrived early, there were more staff than guests. We were well advised on the menu, choice of wine. The food arrived without delay.

Price: BBB
The price for two entrees, two main courses, a bottle of wine and coffee was a little over 100 EUR for two. Hardly the most expensive experience, particularly if you compare this to Scandinavian prices, but considering the food we got, and compared to other restaurants in the same price range in Barcelona, we found the food at Tenorio a little overpriced.

The food: BBB
Tenorios chef Jaume Turon is known for imaginative, even unique, fusion cooking like his own special paella, Butifarra sausage grill, and artichoke ravioli with aged Spanish ham in carbonara sauce.

Terje ordered a salad with manchego cheese. Well prepared and beautifully presented, with large slices of cheese and melon piled up into a tent-like shape. I was extremely uninventive as I ordered – well you guessed it, cheese croquettes. My croquettes were more out of the ordinary, but there are certain limits to what you can do with croquettes.

The main course was veal chop "Galician style" – meaning; one large very tender veal chop (no old cow there), direct from the grill with fried slices of potato and a baked tomato. I had expected something more, what about some asparagus, petit pois, or spinach on the plate? Something was most definitely missing for us to claim it as an excellent dish.

It was served with an excellent red wine from Rioja (sorry have forgotten name), deep red colour, with aromas of red fruits and with a distinct oak character, a good match to the meat.

Rating the Tenorio experience: BBBB- (3,8 points)
Great interior and service, but the food did not meet our expectations

Tenorio Braseria
Address: Paseo de Gracia 37 Barcelona.
Phone: (34) 932 720 592

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Anonymous said...

We absolutely loved everything about this restaurant and we went there several times while we were in Barcelona for two weeks and staying in the neighborhood. We found the atmosphere, service, and food to be great. We loved eating in or outside. A great find.

Anonymous said...

I love this restarant too, I will definately recoomand it to my friend, if they are going to Barcelona too.

There is
A chinese restaurant along the Rambla street, named international restaurant which is terrible!!!!