Passatge Marimon 9, Barcelona, 08021
- Recommended for:
- Foodies, Chilling out
Expert review of Hisop
If you don’t care too much about grand surroundings, Hisop is arguably the best value of the city’s really creative restaurants, and its several-course tasting menu is still only 52 euros (although the restaurant did recently win a Michelin star, so this may change). It’s headed up by two enthusiastic young chefs, Oriol and Guillem, whose mission is to bring top-class and experimental food to those who can’t normally afford it.
Many dishes are creative takes on old favourites – last time I was here I had monkfish royale, served with a rich sauce made with its liver and chocolate and with a hazelnut ‘soup’ poured over the top, followed by roast suckling pig rolled with foie gras, truffle and salsify. Dessert (one of the desserts) was a pistachio soufflé with keffir-leaf ice cream, caramelised pistachios and, again, a rocket ‘soup’ poured over the top. If I had to name a bad point, for my tastes the food can be quite salty (I’ve seen this mentioned on food forums, so it’s not just a personal thing).
The plain little dining room is not quite up to the standard of the kitchen, with slightly scuffed white walls and little by way of décor, should you care about that kind of thing. Other than that, it depends when you go - lunch can be very hushed, with just a couple of tables filled, while dinner is a very different proposition.
I have to say that the service isn’t really up to the food standards either, though I’ve heard it’s improved greatly of late. It’s not unfriendly or particularly inefficient, it can just be a bit, well, absent…
On a small uptown street just above the Plaça Francesc Macià.
Mains are around 21 euros, and the best deal is generally to take the tasting menu for 52 euros.
More information on Hisop:
- Price guide:
- Passatge Marimon 9, Barcelona, 08021
- 93 241 32 33
- Lunch, Dinner
- Opening times:
- Mon-Fri 1.30-3.30pm, 8.30-11pm, Sat 9-11pm. Closed August.
- Accepts Credit Cards:
- Essential at peak times