There are some places that immediately feel like home. As the French say, Je ne sais quoi. You can’t put your finger on it, but you just know. Born Voraz, in the heart of El Born is such a place.
The restaurant is located in renovated Hotel Ciutat de Barcelona, and is the project of Rodrigo Varela, know around Barcelona as the owner/proprietor of Bardot, located uptown, and the destination for those in the fashion and sports crowd. Rodrigo has welcomed international VIP and pretty much the entire FC Barcelona Futbol team to Bardot, so we expect nothing less at Voraz.
After my first lunch menu, I can say Rodrigo and head chef Juan Higueras have created something extra special and amazing, pulling in the best of Catalan and Spanish cuisine to offer those coming through Carrer Princessa, the heart of touristy Born. You can enjoy a daily lunch menu for only 13,50€ including a first plate, second plate, dessert, drink and bread. The menu rotates so there’s always something different to enjoy.
My first real lunch, after an amazing evening introduction a few weeks back, consisted of Cod salad with greens and tomato (sublime), “Galtes” beef cooked at low temperature garnished with a simply fantastic gravy, topped with freshly cut frites and broccoli cooked to perfection. The meat simply melted in my mouth. Finished off with a peppermint gelato and fresh melt-in-your-mouth brownie, the lunch menu you for the price and value is hard to beat in the heart of the Born. I also enjoyed a bottle of one of my Priorat faves, Loidana by Marco Abella, and started off with a classic Vermut by Vermut Capcanes.
The Dinner menu is no slouch, either. It features Carpaccios, Octopus, an amazing “Taco de Lomo”, “Cochinillo a Baja”, Risotto de Flor, Fidea de Bacalao, and a fantastic selection of tapas created by Juan. We’ve enjoyed a couple of dinners here since the reopening, and one of my faves was the steamed mussel in Galicia Beer. That alone is worth the stop.
The best part about Voraz is the fact they promote the shit out of Catalan wines. All of my faves line the walls, by the bottle and by the glass, including some of the most critically acclaimed wineries in Catalunya from Marco Abella, Mas Martinet, Cellers Scala Dei, AT Roca, Codorniu, Cava Berdie, Perelada, Venus Universal, and more.
Not only does Voraz have lunch and dinners, but Sundays they take over the rooftop patio (with pool) for an EPIC Skyline brunch starting at 11 with a live DJ spinning tunes. This goes through the entire summer and is definitely not one to miss. We’re also starting to partner with Voraz in August to do a wine tasting featuring the rooftop followed by dinner downstairs after. Check our social media streams in August for more details.
If you’re tired of the typical food selections and photo menus on Carrer Princessa, we highly recommend at stop at Voraz, Carrer Princessa 33. Let them know we told you about them!
Tim Brown (aka Timmer on social media) has been involved in marketing for over 20 years and a wine enthusiast since his first exposure to Duck Pond Winery in Newberg, Oregon, back in 1995. After coming to Europe in 2012, he made his home in Catalunya in 2013 and became enchanted with the wines and winemakers of the region. Now he shares his experiences so international visitors can enjoy the region’s wines, while continuing his work in the marketing world. Sommeliering and wine snobbery isn´t his thing, and he continues to learn more about wine from a Catalan perspective on a daily basis.