The Hungry Bunny •
22 Aug 2014 • 579 reviews • 20 followers
For the full review, please go to http://thehungrybunnie.blogspot.sg/2014/04/catalunya.html
A tip is to arrive for dinner before the sun sets, the glass enclosure allows for an expansive view to catch the dazzling rays of the setting sun. BUT, the restaurant isn't quite my idea of a date-night spot. With clubby music reverberating off the walls, it was difficult carrying on a decent conversation without having to yell over one another. Catalunya
is more of those s***, chill-out cocktail places that would be great for large groups of friends who are comfortable shouting at each other without getting pissed off.
As for the food, just about every dish was a slamdunk. The food was convivial and full of soul, but ultra refined, with an exquisite finesse I'd never seen in Spanish food. Unsurprisingly, food this good comes at a price, and a hefty one at that. Budget about $150-$200 per person to be satisfactorily sated.
Service was just as excellent. Professional and efficient but without the stuffiness of such fine-dining establishments. I especially loved our smiley upbeat waiter, who took the time to explain every dish, and gave the best recommendations.
1) Croquetas de Jamon
($15)- crisp breadcrumbed rolls filled with potato mash, melted cheese and bits of jamon: Aromatic, moist and lipsmackingly good
($18): firmer than what we're typically used to, but still tender.
3) Chorizo Y Estrellados
($18)- fluffy scrambled eggs with chorizo and fried potatoes: superb and addictive
4) Lobster Rice
($80): a must-try and insanely delicious. Robust shellfish stock created a complexity that fleeted between the rich and balanced.
5) Grilled Mediterranean Red Prawn
($85): small but boasted an incredible sweetness. These were simply adorned with garlic crisps, olive oil and parsley
6) Grilled Wild Seabass
($45): sparkling fresh and cooked to a moist flaky perfection. The only gripe was that this was overly salted.
7) New Zealand Txeluton
($155/kg)- a hulking luscious ribeye.
8) Cocktails here at Catalunya are highly recommended; we got a Jug of their Red Sangria ($127.44), which tempered the sweet fruitiness of the berries with the potency of a robust red wine