Friday, January 1, 2010

Tenorio Braseria, Barcelona, Spain - May 2004

Tenorio is a gorgeous restaurant on the beautiful Passeig de Gracia in La Exiample (nicest part of town) in the shadow of Gaudi's technicolor architectural masterpiece, Casa Battlo. We dined outside on the sidewalk cafe (somewhat surprisingly, you will often pay a surcharge when opting to dine outside in Barcelona) and enjoyed the best cava sangria we tried on our trip. I had a wonderful warm goat cheese salad, with mixed greens, pine nuts, and balsamic vinaigrette, and my husband had a trio of the most wonderful empanadas I have ever tasted for his mushroom, one beef, and one queso with red pepper...delightful! He then had roasted, herb-rubbed free-range chicken which managed to combine the adjectives of moistest/tastiest/crispiest skin all in one dish, along with a lovely side of wonderful scalloped potatoes. I ordered the hand rolled-artichoke ravioli with a creamy Iberian ham sauce. To die for! We finished up with an apple tartlet with Calvados ice cream and a giant chocolate truffle with Contreau sauce.

I highly recommend Tenorio....this was just lunch, and was amazing. The inside was slick, contemporary, and boasted a huge wine cellar. No decent restaurants in Barcelona are cheap, and this one was no exception. However, Tenorio imparted a huge quality value based on $$$ spent... not to be missed.

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