Prior to our trip, I had not heard of this restaurant, Talaia Mar, at the Marina in the Olympic Port nears the Hotel Arts. I was a little leery since most of the restaurants in this area are "beach" food type places. This one is the real deal. The chef is a protege of the chef at El Bulli. For around $175, including wine, you can try an amazing gastronomic festival. Starting with three small tastes: roquefort foam in a dried apple cornet with walnuts, a kebab of cauliflower and raspberries with balsamic vinegar, and an incredibly smooth square of foie gras, lightly salted and sandwiched between two sweet wafers. Then a course of smoked salmon with a olive oil and pepper emulsion. One of the highlights for me was the deconstructed potato omelette. In a martini glass, a layer of butter and carmelized onions topped with a potato puree. Yum! Then a pasta with cubes of parmesan gelee, bacon cream, and a quail egg.
The fish course was a sea bass that was good, but couldn't compare with the meat course of veal cheek with balsamic and cocoa powder. This was one of the best courses I've ever had.
Desserts started with a coconut cream cappucino with pineapple juice. I'm not a pina colada fan, but this was yummy. Then bunelos (sp?) with a lavender ice cream and petit fours and chocolates.
For the $$$, this beats a lot of the more well known restaurants in Barcelona. Its mainly frequented by a lot of Spanish businessmen entertaining mostly American guests.