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Hisop, Barcelona

Barcelona, Spain, Europe
9 Pasatge Marimon
Spain 08021
Tel: 34 93 241 3233
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An outsider on the city's circuit of avant-garde eateries, Hisop received its first Michelin star in 2011, putting it in the same rank as top dining destinations Comerç 24 and Gaig. The good news is, it's decidedly lower-key, and same-day bookings can be made (even for the lunch menu, which is much better value, too). Hisop is small (only 12 tables), with white walls, minimalist table settings, and a service area tucked behind a modular claret-colored wall. The black-uniformed, all-female waitstaff is personable and relaxed, and the short menu easy to navigate. Chef Oriol Ivern creates new Catalan cuisine with notable flair, with dishes such as grilled cod on parsnip and vanilla mash, and foie with "After Eight" sauce (as in chocolate and mint). Coffee is served with a handful of chocolate-coated black olives—surprisingly addictive.—Suzanne Wales

Open Mondays through Fridays 1:30 to 3:30 pm and 9 to 11 pm, Saturdays 9 to 11 pm.

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