A few months, I went to a great Asian Fusion restaurant, Restaurante Me. In my opinion, this is the best Asian fusion in the city and ranks up there with great Asian fusion restaurants in San Francisco. The cook is ethnically Vietnamese, raised in New Orleans, and now lives in Barcelona, cooking at a restaurant located on Calle Paris (you can see the French connection carried full circle). So the fact that the cook comes from the two capitals of great food—Saigon and New Orleans—is a good sign! The place is sold as Vietnamese-Creole-Catalan fusion…but honestly, I didn’t see the Creole influence on the menu while I was there. It is truly Vietnamese-Catalan fusion in the sense that it uses local Mediterranean fish and ingredients to make traditional Vietnamese dishes.
We had delicious papaya salad with grilled beef, Vietnamese spring rolls, grilled calamari salad, grouper steamed in banana leaf with coconut milk, boc luc lac (grilled beef and watercress salad), pan seared perch with a very mild Cajun seasoning.
They also have delicious carrot cake—flavorful yet light and airy.
My one big complaint is, why don’t they serve rice! or bread or any starch for that matter! We asked the servers for rice and they looked at us like we were aliens. Next time I am bringing my own rice ball.
But other than that, the food was great. And the restaurant has a very hip and sexy, but also friendly, air about it.