Last week we were in Barcelona doing a Cocktail function with Ferran Adria at the nH hotel Constanza. The event was for 500 people and we served more than 37 different items, preparing 20,000 tapas can make you a little hungry! So we went for dinner probably the best Japanese restaurant I have tried outside of Japan. The name of the restaurant is Koy Shunka (http://www.koyshunka.com/Koy_Shunka/intro.html).
I must admit expectations were high upon entering as pretty much every Chef in Spain talks about this restaurant, but without a shadow of a doubt it surpassed what I expected!
With the kitchen being the center stage from the moment you walked in you could not help feel a part of the theatrics. to my surprise every single employee in the place are Japanese but they all speak perfect Spanish, this is unusual in Spain as oriental restaurants normally have south American cooks. All of the Chefs were laughing and interacting with all of the guests seated around the bar seating and the edges of the kitchen. We had VIP seating and actually had Hideki, the owner himself (who is also the head Chef) preparing everything we ate.
Ok enough talking! Let me show you the menu we enjoyed…………..
One of the best dishes of the night was the one pictured above. It is Secreto Iberico (which is more or less like the pork alternative to Kobe Beef!) which is smoked to order in strips. Shiitake Mushrooms which were loaded with Umami flavor and on top is Sea cucumbers.
Of course! Whats a great Japanese restaurant without Otoro (The fattiest part of the Tuna Belly).
Great little dish I must say! Otoro, Squid, Sea Urchin roe which we were instructed to eat together with some White Alba Truffle!
Red mullet smoked with the vine from Pinot Grapes
Some beautiful fresh wasabi being grated on a Sharkskin Grater
Squid sushi. They have a very cool little trick to make the rice fall apart in your mouth. They put there finger in the rice to make a hole in the middle then it gets covered over. This way it is not totally stuck by the starch.
For dessert…………… Japanese cheesecake with frozen chocolate ice cream which had been powdered.
Then there is the rest!