The combination of Japanese techniques and Peruvian flavours has become a lot more popular in the last couple of years, mainly because of the publicity that the restaurants of Lima have received but also due to their attempts to export the idea globally.
Pakta (which means union) is one of the restaurants that Albert Adria (Ferran’s brother) has opened after the closure of El Bulli and is the first Nikkei restaurant in Barcelona. To be honest, our first choice of the post El Bulli restaurants was 41 Grados (nothing beats snacks and cocktails!) but there were no tables available during the week of our visit, therefore we settled for Pakta. After this dinner, I can honestly say that I‘m glad of this misfortune and that Pakta is one of the restaurants that I’ll definitely include in my next Barcelona itinerary, whenever this may be.
The food was excellent and the service the best we experienced in Barcelona; friendly, efficient, knowledgeable and accommodating. Interestingly this is the first restaurant I’ve been to where the names of everyone working on the night of our visit were mentioned in the copy of our menu. I hope to see this happening more in the future, the front of house certainly plays a big part of the experience and should be motivated to contribute to it.
Tiger’s eye picles with salmon and sumiso sauce
Soymilk Yuba with salmon roe and avocado
Charcoal grilled aubergine with kimizu
Olluco with huancaina sauce
Mortared chalaca with mussles and yucca chipsSmoked mackerel with codium juice and seaweed saladSea bass ceviche with kumquats “leche de tigre”Octopus with black olives causaFried causa with chicken and ocopa sauceTuna temaki with puffed quinoa and shichimiTuna nigiri with fresh wasabi
Squid nigiri with huacatay salt
Horse mackerel nigiri with umeboshi sauce
Banana bombon with umeshu gel
Iced mango rose with verbena dew