Nikkei cuisine!

Nikkei cuisine!

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.


photo (30) photo photo (19)photo (3)Sweet corn cream with caviar

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

photo (11)Mortared chalaca with mussles and yucca chipsphoto (4)photo (2)Smoked mackerel with codium juice and seaweed saladphoto (6)Sea bass ceviche with kumquats “leche de tigre”photo (5)Octopus with black olives causaphoto (7)Fried causa with chicken and ocopa saucephoto (8)Tuna temaki with puffed quinoa and shichimiphoto (9)photo (12)Tuna nigiri with fresh wasabi

Squid nigiri with huacatay salt

Horse mackerel nigiri with umeboshi sauce

photo (10)Langoustine nigiri, grilled head and soy foam5a3c21b763bf06b965dd8f4267e65bd8l

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Soba with tomato ponzu and huacatay oilphoto (13)Grilled suckling pig gyozaphoto (14)Physalis “Golden Berry” tempura with yuzu saltphoto (17)

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Red prawn with pine smokephoto (21)Fried rockfish in tamarillo escabeche saucephoto (22)photo (20)photo (23)Lomo saltado (stir-fried tenderloin)photo (29)Sweet potato picarones with honey and cinnamon

Banana bombon with umeshu gel

Iced mango rose with verbena dew

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 Shikwasa suri

photo (24)Figs and ginger soup with almond tofuphoto (26)Golden meringues with dulce de leche ice-cream and piscophoto (28)

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