Barcelona has not been immune to the rage in secret restaurants spreading across Europe. Pop-ups and supposedly secret addresses that really aren't secrets are in fashion. It's kind of like hide and seek for grownups. Finding such a place can give you a feeling of accomplishment. What the pop-ups have in common is their unusualness in location and their individuality. The harder they are to find, the greater your sense of accomplishment when you do will be! The harder it is to get in - the more enticing the place.
Urban Secrets began this trend in Barcelona, and Tintoreria Dontell is one of the most popular addresses. From the outside, it seems to by a dowdy dry cleaners'. There are a couple of jackets and an ironing board in the window. There's doorbell that's difficult to find, and no one will hurry to let you in. Someone eventually responds... but won't hurry then, either. You'll get a door code at last, and suddenly you'll be in a trendy restaurant with something of a nightclub's ambience. The menu is limited and the cooks are obviously fond of experimentation. There are terrific appetizers like tuna tartare and there is a good wine list... but it's not exactly a place you come to for great cuisine. You come for the adventure, and it's rather like a game of not knowing what's behind different curtains. Just don't get sad if you do encounter other tourists - after all, it's hard to keep a good secret... especially if someone says "don't tell anyone"!
Keywords: Barcelona, eatery