The Neichel restaurant in Barcelona has a tough job to do. The owner chef Jean Louis Neichel comes form Strasbourg, in Alsace and has to compete with the accomplished chefs of the Catalan cuisine. But he is no stranger to this competition. For 8 years, until 1980 he was the chef of “El Bulli”, and since 1981 he has maintained a very high gastronomic level at the “Neichel” restaurant in Barcelona. Located in a nice quite neighborhood of Barcelona, the discrete restaurant promises a lot. Lets see what it delivers.
The menu calls this a “small” salad! It is quite obvious that the chef has a good sense of humour! Look at the layout of the dish! The chef is an amateur painter, and it shows! The tastes of pickled duck carpaccio, foie gras, spider crab and lobster were married discretely and with confidence. Chef Neichel is one of the first who dared to separate the ingredients in a way that each stood alone yet they all complimented the others.
The name is mine, but I could not resist. Baby squid, scallop, fish of the day, ccockle, ratatouille and spinach rigatoni, all in a divine squid sauce full of flavours.
Braised veal cheek, shallot compot with cassis, truffled mashed potatoes, sweet potato chips and caramelized quince.
The deserts were smooth and silky, but it was a shame to have to destroy the harmony of colours on the plate!
The dining room is a very warm place, and the view of the garden a delight!
The glorious eaux de vie of Alsace could not be absent!
After the meal I visited the kitchen where I saw this huge display full of chefs and cooks from all places on earth!
I really enjoyed the meal and the service and the ambience of Neichel, it is a restaurant where you can forget everything and really enjoy the food and the drinks, served by true professionals. And the value for money ratio is outstanding. I highly recommend it to all visitors of Barcelona.