Casa Calvet – More than just fine dining

CC1Restaurant Casa Calvet
C/ Casp, 48
08010-Barcelona
(+34) 93 412 40 12
http://www.casacalvet.es
restaurant@casacalvet.es

Located in the Eixample district of Barcelona, one of the most elegant sections of the city, Casa Calvet was designed by famed modernist architect Antoni Gaudi in 1899.  One of the more conventional of his works, this building was designed for the textile industrialist Pere Màrtir Calvet as a family residence, with the ground floor and basement to serve as space for his business.  Unlike many of Gaudi’s other designs, the façade strikes a balance between spaces of smooth stone and decorative ornamentation.  The curves and double gable at the top, and the bulging balconies are hallmarks of Gaudi’s architectural projects.  The entrance is flanked by columns in the form of stacked bobbins – a reference to the family’s textile business.

Casa Calvet dining roomIts interior is equally noteworthy and we are privileged today to dine in the restaurant, allowing us to experience rooms that were, up until now, strictly private.  The dining area is striking, preserving original elements of the interior, such as the double benches along the wall that provide intimacy for diners.  The original rich wood panel-enclosed work spaces have been converted into areas for more private dinner parties.  A large art nouveau stained glass window gives the room its muted lighting, perfect for lunchtime dining.  Oriental carpets offer warmth to this elegant interior, offering the feeling that one has been invited into an aristocratic home to partake in an exquisitely planned luncheon.

The daily luncheon menu is what we follow and why not?  Each of Chef Miguel Alija’s creations is tempting and he whets our appetite by sending small amuse-bouches to our table.  I have a trio of crispy gorgonzola treats with black olives and tomatoes while Mike starts with a pigeon and black sausage appetizer.  The tender veal entrée with cheese sauce and vegetable ravioli is rich and full of flavor, while the hake prepared with steamed fresh vegetables is light and equally satisfying.  For dessert, we both agree that the “light” chocolate tart with hazelnut cream and a unique Earl Grey Tea ice cream is the thing to order.  And just in case we should need a sweet encore, Chef Alija sends a chilled banana pudding with chocolate sauce.  A perfect lunch.  Light and satisfying in a relaxed and elegant home, fuelling us to continue our exploration of this vibrant city, and discovering more of the genius of Gaudi.

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