Dos Palillos, Asian fusion restaurant
Sometimes a quick nibble at a top restaurant is in order. Just pop in and out, no fussing, do you know what I mean? I managed to achieve exactly that one evening at Dos Palillos, a Michelin star restaurant in the Raval serving authentic Asian fusion dishes tapas style.
I loved the fact that I could walk in, no questions asked, plonk myself at the bar, be greeted by super friendly staff and feel really comfortable, no pressure. They made me feel like I was a regular customer and I liked that a lot .
Whilst I was having a good scotch at the decor it occured to me the colour Red as the dominant colour, which I found interesting. Then I read “The colour red is thought to be the colour that provokes the most response among humans The hue´s intensity is known to induce emotions such as warmth & passion”. Very clever, very clever indeed I mused.
At the opposite end of the restaurant there is a “red” chain mail curtain and through it I could make out people sitting around a bar. I could hear the sound of laughter and glasses clinking.
A private room? Exclusive only to who? Something sordid maybe? Intriguing? You bet! Naturally I pondered the sounds beyond the screen before wandering over. I parted the heavy metal curtain and proceeded inside the mysterious room. What I saw was a very intimate and engaging service of Dos Pallillo´s most delicate foods, from the tasting menu. The guests watched as their dishes were prepared right in front of them, at the same time the chefs showcase their skills.
I watched as the chef very carefully constructed an ethereal masterpiece made up of goose barnacles. algue and some unfamiliar ingredients, place them into a stone, used as the eating receptacle, finished off by a light clear broth poured over it. Satisfied with the investigation I receded back to my seat and ordered a beer.
The beer was served in a Japanese ceramic cup which was lovely, seemingly enhancing the temperature of the tasty malt flavour. With my drink the lovely chatty chef offered me some crispy wontons, served with a sweet lemon grass, lime and ginger sauce which were really good.
I ordered some steamed dumplings stuffed with pak choi and shitake mushrooms that came in a bamboo steamer. The dumplings were topped with black sesame seeds which I dipped into a light soy sauce, delicate and earthy in flavour. This was followed by char-grilled Eel temaki. The Eel was served on top of some sushi rice, and a separate plate of seaweed sheets & shiso leaves. This was interesting because you have to make up each mouthful yourself. First a sheet of seaweed then lay a shisho leaf on top, eel and then some rice. Roll it up like you are making a maki, dip it in some sauce and pop it into your mouth. It was warm, soft, savoury and fragrant. The shiso leaf was most exciting to me because firstly I had never heard of it nor tried it before. It´s a delicious grassy herb with notes of citrus, mint and basil, I am a little fascinated with it I have to say. It totally pulled this dish together.
My meal came to 25 euros.
After successfully nibbling at a top notch restaurant topped with an exploration of the mystery room I can confirm I was content!
P.s Dos Palillos also serves meals in a beautifully lit, lush green garden. What other surprises do they have? I´m afraid You´ll have to go see for yourself!
Pps Dos Palillos (pronounced pa-li-yos means 2 chopsticks / toothpicks)
Price – 31 -60 euros
Hours: Tues -Weds 19:30 – 23:30 & Thurs-Fri-Sat 13:30 to 15:30 then 19:30 – 23:30
Tel. +34 933 040 513
Nearest Metro: Liceu and San Antoni