Uma Restaurant, Barcelona

The atmosphere at this tiny restaurant, which, at the time of our visit, is ranked #1 of roughly 7,000 restaurants in Barcelona on the UK version of Tripadvisor, is very pleasant, welcoming, and all-round friendly. It felt more like a supper club than a restaurant.

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Chef Acto I - la cocina (the kitchen) Thai & Pina Colada
Chef
Acto I – la cocina (the kitchen)
Thai & Pina Colada

We were immediately asked to say hi to the chef in the kitchen and it was there that the first three amuse-bouches were served, while the chef explained the tasting menu of the day, a bit about how he will prepare each course, and a warm offer to come back to the kitchen anytime during or after the meal.

Acto II - los snacks El Sur Torta de camaron, yuzu, mayonesa deplacton, semillas de cilantro y pimenton
Acto II – los snacks
El Sur
Torta de camaron, yuzu, mayonesa deplacton, semillas de cilantro y pimenton

 

Act II - Los Snacks Smoke Yoghurt ahumado del mediterraneo
Act II – Los Snacks
Smoke
Yoghurt ahumado del mediterraneo

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Acto II - los snacks New Potato
Acto II – los snacks
New Potato
Act II - Los Snacks Ham-On (a pun!) Croqueta de jamon y su consome
Act II – Los Snacks
Ham-On (a pun!)
Croqueta de jamon y su consome

We did enjoy the food which consisted of about 15, mostly tiny portions, but we felt that it was a bit too experimental for our liking, with one course featuring ‘stones’, all of which looked very similar, five of which were baby potatoes glazed with some presumably egg-white-based, hardened liquid the consistency of sugar icing but without the sweetness, the others being actual stones.

Act II - Los Snacks Stones Falsas piedras con salsas especiadas. Curry, comino, mostaza, hinojo.
Act II – Los Snacks
Stones
Falsas piedras con salsas especiadas. Curry, comino, mostaza, hinojo.

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Act V - La tierra - Mushroom Cream Soup or similar

Act IV - el mar Love Soup (sopa de gambas, coco, lima y cilantro)
Act IV – el mar
Love Soup (sopa de gambas, coco, lima y cilantro)
Act IV - el mar Azafran - Vieira con arroz cremoso al azafran del Libano Safron scallops with rice
Act IV – el mar
Azafran – Vieira con arroz cremoso al azafran del Libano
Safron scallops with rice

The price of €70 per person, not including the wine or service, was way too high in our view, even though we do concede that all the ingredients were of the best quality, as far as we could tell, and clearly a small place like this will not get any major discounts from suppliers.

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All the best to the chef, who seemed like a really nice, knowledgeable, and very skilled professional, but we’re not going to be back to this restaurant. Following a recommendation from a local, we will most likely be back to this part of town, though, the area next to Sants train station, in particular to Plaça d’Osca, a square close to the station where some of the best tapas bars are supposed to be (and a market).

Acto Vi - los postres Green Day
Acto Vi – los postres
Green Day
Acto VI - los postres Bomba de Chocolate
Acto VI – los postres
Bomba de Chocolate

 

 

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