Chandigarh Café: Pedralbes has a new restaurant

Chandigarh Café is a new restaurant located in the Pedralbes neighbourhood (Barcelona), in a beautiful house with a garden designed in the Fifties, where you can enjoy delicious seasonal Mediterranean food with French flavours.

Contact: 932656005 
Address: Avda. Esplugues, 105 (Barcelona)
Hours: De miércoles a domingo de 13 a 16 h. y de 20 a 23 h.

30 €

At Chandigarh Café, there is a real feeling of home. Not only because of the décor and its characteristic colour palette but thanks to the pleasant ambience and the positive atmosphere that this spot generates.

“It is inspired in the idea that Le Corbussier had when he designed the Indian city of Chandigarh in the Fifties, built for people to live in with joy and simplicity.”

The French chef Hervé Escobar is in charge of the hobs

The captain of the Chandigarh Café is the chef Hervé Escobar, who has many years’ experience working in the three Michelin star restaurant Epicure at the Hotel Le Bristol in Paris. That’s why his menu includes Mediterranean recipes with allusions to his homeland’s cuisine. That is, vegetarian recipes, pastas, pizzetas, meat and fish dishes with his particular touch.

“The menu is tasty and honest, combining flavours and Mediterranean products with hints of modern and light French cuisine.”

Among the assorted variety of starters, the campagne terrine, the tarama made with an emulsion of mackerel roe and the woodstove-roasted aubergine with samfaina sauce and yoghurt are remarkable. In the meat and fish section, the duck confit with cipolloni onion and tomato confit, and the perfectly panko- breaded Colbert hake with tartare sauce are outstanding. Their woodstove-made pizzas are delicious, and a good example is the mushroom carpaccio, egg yolk and scamorza pizza. The truth is there is something for everyone.

And for dessert? You cannot leave without trying one of their sweet bites because they are a fantasy. From the Eton mess, a crunchy meringue with strawberries from the Maresme and olive oil, to the salted caramel chocolate mousse with 70% cocoa Cuban chocolate or the floating island with crème anglaise and toasted almonds. Sublime!

Green, light and colour are the real stars of the interior design

Chandigarh Café is unlike any other restaurant in the Ciudad Condal, and that’s why it leaves no one indifferent. Because as we told you at the start, its lush terrace garden full of trees and plants such as banana trees, yuccas, magnolia trees and holm oaks will make you disconnect completely from the city and make you more receptive to everything this spot has to offer.

The inside of the restaurant exudes natural light and its colours make it remarkable: toasted orange, pink blush and spring green and the pink marble bar that separates the room from a wide and rose-colored kitchen. Inevitably, they have chosen Fifties’ style lamps, colourful rugs, Chandigarh chairs designed by Pierre Jeanneret– a cousin and collaborator of Le Corbusier- and tables of different heights and comfortable sofas on which to enjoy a good after-dinner conversation, at midday or in the evening.

“Our idea has been to create a restaurant of pleasant and luminous spaces that distance us from the city noise. An urban oasis in the Pedralbes neighbourhood filled with greenery and colour.”

Three partners with experience in the hospitality sector

Following the success of one of our favourite restaurants in Barcelona: Les Filles (C/ Minerva 2), Paula Ospina has decided to take on this new project, together with Beatriz Mas and Tomás Tarruella junior, the son of a well-known restaurateur of the same name (The Tragaluz Group/ En Compañía de Lobos). Together, they are an unbeatable team, with a lot of experience and a great instinct for creating and generating unique gastronomical experiences.

Without further ado, we recommend you go and discover it for yourselves. We assure you that at Chandigarh Café, you can eat lunch, dine and have a wonderful aperitif, unhurriedly and always with great service.

(*) Fotos: Beatriz Janer.