Disfrutar Win Miele 'One To Watch' Award
Disfrutar Restaurant in Barcelona has received the coveted Miele 'One To Watch' Award which they will be presented with at this year's awards ceremony in Melbourne, on April 5th. Winning the award means that the industry regards them as just outside the standard of the World's 50 Best Restaurants, with the potential to get within the list in the near future.
Disfrutar in Barcelona opened in 2014, and is the collaboration of three chefs that worked together at El Bulli, which got to No 1 of the World's 50 Best Restaurants. Chefs Mateu Casanas, Oriol Castro, and Eduard Xatruch met at El Bulli whilst working with Spain's legendary chef Ferran Adria.
Following the closure of El Bulli in 2011, Casanas, Castro and Xatruch set up a restaurant called Compartir in the coastal town of Cadaques. The trio made such a success of their venture Compartir; which means 'to share' that they branched out further to open Disfrutar. Disfrutar, which literally translated means 'to enjoy', earned them more recognition to the fruits of their labour, winning them a Michelin star in 2016.
Located in the centre of Barcelona in the Eixampe District, the restaurant design is inspired from cubist deconstructism, with lots of squared recesses that create the backdrop to a laid back interior. You enter into the main white washed dining room, which conveys a feeling of connecting with the outside space, whilst being in an inside one, which extends further to an open terrace as well. Reached through passing two open kitchens, artistic dishes are served on brightly coloured ceramics, evoking a Catalan spirit, and symbolic of Barcelona's rich, cultural heritage.
The menu itself upholds modern culinary principles, with the multi tasting menu split into three categories of avant-garde, theatrical and inventive, representative of the individual traits of the three chefs. Signature dishes include macaroni made with gelatin, tossed in truffle foam and doused with parmesan at the table. Another experimental option is the deconstructed whisky tart that invites guests to wash their hands in whisky at the same time as inhaling the scent from the whisky whilst they eat.
William Drew; Group Editor of World's 50 Best Restaurants said: "Disfrutar showcases the individual talents of these three chefs and broadens their influence on Spain's culinary scene. Their commitment to pushing the creative boundaries of gastronomy makes them worthy winners of the Miele One To Watch Award."
Eduard Xatruch of Disfrutar, said: “Being named this year’s winners of the Miele One To Watch Award is a huge recognition of our collective work. In addition, this award helps Disfrutar, which is a very young project, to become established and obviously encourages us to continue working and challenging ourselves.”
“We at Miele congratulate the Disfrutar team on winning the Miele One To Watch Award,” said Sjaak Brouwer, Managing Director, Miele Australia and New Zealand. “Just as innovation is at the heart of Miele’s ‘Forever Better’ credo, this award recognises these three chefs for their ability to give focus to the extraordinary in culinary creativity. Miele understands the passion, talent and dedication that is required to win at these most prestigious global awards, for which Miele is honoured to be a partner.”
Disfrutar joins recent One To Watch award winners Den in Tokyo (2016), Sepia in Sydney (2015) and Saison in San Francisco (2014)