“Originality consists of returning to the origin.” That’s a line from Antoni Gaudí. The human relationship with nature, expressing culture through art – the same principles that inspired the tremendous Catalan architect to design his Sagrada Família have equally affected the founders of Barcelona Gaudí.
Located in what was once a four-story condo on Sukhumvit 23, Barcelona Gaudí stands conspicuous among the overgrown trees & power lines. The eyecatching vestibule was modelled after the work of the eponymous Gaudí, whose influence doesn’t stop at the door. “We want to share Catalonia, our home, food, & culture, with the people of Thailand,” says Jordi Bartés, who runs the restaurant with his brother, Jaume, & Thai partner, Sittiset Wongwaiwut, “from the red caps [our people wear]to the mosaics on the wall.”
To lead the kitchen, the brothers brought in long-time friend & fellow Catalan, Marc Font. The chef, who cut his teeth at Michelin-starred restaurants in Spain & worked with David Thompson at Nahm, looked to his roots for inspiration. The result is deeply satisfying comfort food.
Starting with a platter of Rei Croqueta (B300), a feast of variegated croquettes stuffed with delicate blends like eggplant & cheese, chicken & serrano ham, and squid & prawns, the menu opens up to rustic dishes made with sentiment & pride. Quintessential tapas include Gambes a L’allet (B200), tender prawns cooked in an irresistible garlic aioli, & Mandonguilles (B100), pork meatballs with squid, browned in the pot & prepared with a robust sauce that’s best sopped up with crusty bread. Of the house specialties, Parc Güell (B460) is particularly notable. Although simple in theory, this codfish, cooked with the same mouth-watering aioli, bursts with piquant, complex flavours.
For a hearty lunch, try one of the sandwiches, like the Coca Pollastre (B100). Caramelized onions & parmesan cheese enhance tender sliced chicken, which comes hot on grilled rustic bread. Top off any meal with a classic Crema Catalana (B120), custard spiced with vanilla and cinnamon & covered with a layer of torched sugar, giving it a look & texture similar to crème brûlée.
On weekends, the chef whips up a massive platter of paella, saffron rice teeming with mussels, prawns, and chicken legs, on the terrace. The outdoor party is part of the effort to obtain the local community involved with Catalan culture. These restaurateurs are proud of their heritage, and they’re not afraid to show it.
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