Food and drink
I cannot emphasise enough that Routa is not for traditionalists. Every plate comes speckled with a dozen tiny elements, and trying to remember the waiter’s explanation of each lozenge, dollop or sprig is like playing The Generation Game blindfold and without the reassurance of the cuddly toy. One dish involved smoked salmon on a tutti-frutti array of dots of various differently coloured mayonnaises, radish and salmon ravioli and a well of apple and cucumber gazpacho with apple puree. Dessert was a delightfully bonkers jumble involving red berries, strawberry sorbet, white chocolate, pistachio puree, yoghurt panna cotta, edible petals and Space Dust.
As you’d expect, the dining room is snowy white and extreme love-it-or-hate-it minimalist.
While the waiters are perfectly competent, food this elaborate can take a while to arrive, so it’s an idea to get there early.
C/Enric Granados is an easy walk up from Plaça Universitat.
While you can eat a la carte, most people go for one of the tasting menus, at 33, 54 or 65 euros.