Since this spring 2015 I have read articles in La Vanguardia, El Pais, people raving about the restaurant in different social media. Heard from friends that like me love to eat, that Mano Rota is a place to visit.
It took me a wee while but finally, I made it, and I´m glad I did.
The restaurant Mano Rota is located in the up and coming Poble Sec, just a stone throw from Tickets by Ferran Adriá in the Paralel, in the trendy district Sant Antoni.
The dining area at Mano Rota is full of light with clear walls and light wooden elements. What captures the eye straight away is the low bar with seats at the far end of the local. Behind the bar, there´s a semi-private dining area that looks out on a small patio filled with green plants.
The lamps over the tables are hanging high, so I can actually see what I´m eating and it gives a feeling of being at a friend’s house, just that the friend has various friends over for dinner and we are all eating at separate tables.
The low bar with seats in the dining area at restaurant Mano Rota Yucca and Scamorza croquettes with citrus mayonnaise Smoked Sardine with Causa (aji pepper, potato and lime) Scallop Sashimi with orange and celery at restaurant Mano Rota.
Mano Rota, Restaurant, Poble Sec
The restaurant is full, it’s a regular Tuesday, and so I understand that we are all in for a treat. The menu is consists of 16 dishes excluding the desserts.
Our party of four tried a variety of dishes between us. All of the dishes were excellent, but the Scallop Sashimi with orange and celery and the Red Prawns took the prize. And yes, we did order another plate of the Prawns because they were perfection.
We ended the dinner with Chocolate and hazelnut mousse, and Pineapple sorbet with coconut cream with pear and fennel.
Here the Spanish part of the table rejected the last of the two desserts, while the Swedish part praised it, so maybe it´s more for the Nordic taste buds?!
The staff was relaxed and helpful thru out the whole dinner experience, explaining the dishes in English to the non-Spanish speaking part of the table.
I recommend booking your table in advance as the restaurant is small and fills up easily with national and international clients.
They only take reservations by phone.
Monday thru Saturday 12.00-16.30h and 20.30 -24.00h
Carrer Creus dels Molers 4, Poble Sec
+34 93 164 80 41
Photo credit: Mano Rota