In 2015, Barcelona lost one of the flagship of the Catalan bourgeoisie of the ’80s and’ 90s. La Dama closed its doors as the result of an economic crisis that not even the dishes of chef Josep Bullich – responsible for Via Veneto’s Michelin star— was able to save it. In 2016, the restaurant, located in the wonderful Casa Sayrach, passed into the hands of Jose Maria Parrado after an intense arrangement with creditors. The alma mater of restaurants with character such as Cañete or Terraza Martínez saw the possibilities of the place and, together with two friends, decided to give it another chance. They are Mariana Isaza –at the kitchen—, and artist Peter Cauro, more involved in the social aura of La Dama, which now also serves cocktails.
Jose Maria Parrado,head of Cañete and Terraza Martínez, is responsible for giving a new life to La Dama
This new pseudo social club recreates the best of an apartment and keeps the best of its predecessor – the windows framed with antique carpentry that separate the rooms and some furniture – to serve traditional dishes with a modern and French twist. Masca Estudio is responsible for this facelift, which maintains the essence and energy of the past.
Chef Bruno Zubek’s menu is a perfect combination of classic and modern food that is reminiscent of brasseries. Start with a few crunchy sachets of prawns and basil; the always successful smoked herring with potatoes, apple and citrus mayonnaise; scallops with topinambur and crispy ham; the French mouclade – mussels with saffron cream; or the tasty beef tongue ‘bourguignonne’. These starters combine perfectly with the bar’s sea menu, which features Guillardeau oysters, Santoña anchovies or the prized Finnish wild smoked salmon.
The menu works as a perfect crossover between classic and modern, with a clear aftertaste of brasserie
The main course section is short but sophisticated. It features gnoquis with Brussels sprouts, bacon, honey and butter of watercress; steak tartar with chips and toast; sole à la meuniere with steamed potatoes and salad; roasted lamb back with leek, couscous and garlic butter. As for desserts, get ready for the best in a classic patisserie, from millefeuille to tiramisu in its more refined versions.
Coffee is not a reason for concern in that it is marks the end of the meal. La Dama also serves cocktails, both classic and more creative ones. Whether at the table or at the entrance bar, shots and long drinks are served in one of Barcelona’s most emblematic modernist buildings.
A meal at La Dama is about € 50, cocktails aside.
- Address: Av. Diagonal, 423
- Timetable: M-S 1pm-2am
- Phone: (+34) 93 209 63 28
- Type: Restaurant
- Website: http://www.la-dama.com/