Finding a restaurant with a modicum of personality on Rambla de Catalunya a real odissey. However, we have found a recently-opened one that goes by the name of Passatge del Murmuri that aims at satisfying such requirement. Located on the groundfloor of a hotel that is the little brother of the trendy Majestic, it is run by Eduardo Puiggros and Carol Murtra. The menu features courses with few ingredients, though they all share three atributes: quality, proximity and seasonality. Complexity is sacrified in favour of simple and efficient combinations. El Passatge serves food at any time of the day?breakfast, tapas with seasonal products and cocktails after midnight.
The secret to the menu lies in revisited homemade recipes that surprise for their texture and cooking level. Starters includes, among others, patatas bravas with grilled garlic and our favourite, a dazzling combination of roasted sweet tomatoes and burrata. Must-haves among main courses include creamy Barceloneta rice with fresh fish and knife-cut steak tartar with bearnese sauce to taste. A meal is about 20 euros, depending on the wine and on the amount of little plates ordered. During weekdays, they serve a more economical one-plate menu.
The wish of El Passatge del Murmuri to become a legendary restaurant is reflected not only on menu but also on a decoration style featuring functional and comfortable chairs and paintings by renowned young artists from Barcelona including the great Brosmind duo, illustrator sMarcela Gutiérrez and Joana Santamans, Vero de Hey!, Esiete, Lo Siento, Patrick Thomas and Sean Mackaoui.
Drop by El Passatge del Murmuri and judge by yourself? Will it become the next big thing in Barcelona?
- Address: Rambla Catalunya, 104 Barcelona