Gresca is a restaurant in Barcelona with minimalist design, casual attire serving modernist food at affordable prices. They call these bistronomicas. Rafael Pena who worked under Ferran Adria of El Bulli, is the owner of this hidden little gem and his wife works the front of house.
Trying so hard to stay awake to wait until 8pm to eat my dinner so I could adjust to the time change from Chicago, I was surprised to be only one of two tables. However by 10pm, the little place was bustling with conversation and flowing wine which seemed to be prime time for eating on a work night. This place was such a find. Very unassuming and hidden and anyone walking on the street would easily pass it by.
You can see a few items with a brief description below. View the Instagram video in the link below of their Egg Souffle which was the highlight of my meal. Inside the “meringue” held a yolk surprise sitting atop what seemed like parpadalle, but were really thinly sliced long potato “noodles” tossed in a butter and light cream sauce.
Parmesan crisps were brought out to each table before bread. Light, perfectly salted, airy and warm.
I asked my waitress to bring me their best dessert. This is the Pina Colada. The “coconut meat” filling was actually frozen foam so it was thinner than a shaved ice, yet the temperature wan’t really frozen but just cool. A scientific food mystery! The coconut shell was entirely edible and comprised of a milk chocolate “vermicelli.” Think of how a Triscuit cracker breaks apart in your mouth, yet all the little cracker sting pieces are still distinguishable except it’s frozen chocolate so it melts or has a delicately layered crunch if you chew. Inside the coconut was a pineapple liquid with the tiniest hint of rum.
The food at Gresca has a way with making the flavor of the food itself stand out in a subtle way.