If we continue listing authentic stores in Gracia, Antúnez is undoubtedly a leader. A modern place, with New York aromas that reminds us of a typical Bistró in America, a completely modern interior and a menu that changes often.
Antúnez is a gastronomic temple that is beginning its third year on the corner of Antúnez street; Gracia gives a name to this small home of Catalan cuisine. Cultured seasonal local products in a selection of dishes made to share that rotate every three months. And Jaume Vinyals, chef and wooden spoon commander, is in charge of seasoning a menu that inspires passion for a kitchen that is committed to know-how.
We sat by a large window, facing an exterior full of neighbors (passers-by and curious) in a neighborhood that knows a lot about gastronomy. And this year, customers can participate in the next edition of the Estrella Damm Tapas Route. This is what Jaume tells us while he gives us his star dish this season; a sandwich of squid that is an ode to the original tapas in our country. A slice of bread that is held over a pint of beer, a nod to the history that still lingers, which is a flag of the Iberian territory.
The first thing we eat of Catalan cuisine is an empedrat in the traditional style, with a touch of the house dried tomatoes, mint and an emulsion of eggplant and anchovy. We continue with the star of the show, a duck cannelloni with sauce mi-cuit that melts in your mouth. Small pleasures that open our appetites.
Jaume’s mark as a chef comes in the form of Suc de peix in a style originating from Palamós, Jaume’s home. Ask for bread with it. And we end with an Iberian feather accompanied by green asparagus, another delicacy worthy of framing that puts an end to this gastronomic journey through the true pleasures of Catalan cuisine.
And if you want to end up screaming with pleasure, try their Catalan cream with carquinez ice cream . Tradition, product and passion; Antúnez is our new favorite place in Gracia, where you can feel at home.
Hours: Every day from 1.30 to 1 hour.
Kitchen from 13.30 to 15.30 hours / 20.30 to 23 hours
Average price: € 25
Text: Alejandro Moneva
Photo: Anel González