Recently, the Liceu in Barcelona will open its new Ópera Samfaina gastronomy that is going to be far from a traditional restaurant. The new premise will occupy a total space of 950 square metres from La Rambla to Sant Pau street. Its aim is to provide both Catalans and tourists a "gastrolúdica" offer in addition to experiencing the local cuisines.
But what exactly is Ópera Samfaina? Well, in general, it can be defined as a non-profitable centre for sampling the Catalan food. It accommodates a bar and various rooms where you can try the different food recipes that are donated by famous artists from all over the world. Cod samfaina, 'empedrat', roast chicken or grilled sausages are some of the great examples.
During the month of September, this complex will host the premiere of L'Odissea Catalana. Around each of its functions, with an approximate duration of 30 minutes, 16 dinning tables are prepared for the guests so they can enjoy dishes prepared by the Roca brothers, who donate their profits to Doctors Without Borders.
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Meanwhile, if you prefer to visit the Circular room, you will have the opportunity to get to know the history of Catalonia and meet some humorous people. All this can be enjoyed together with good food. What's more, the recipes made with Catalan products are specially chosen by Roca brothers.
Lots of locally-brewed wines originating from Catalonia have their place in Liceu. In addition, it also has dedicated sections featuring the world of dairy, agriculture, and even seafoods, so you can pick the cream of the crop. Thus, as a diner and spectator, you can get a really intense and enriching experience.
In short, if you are interested in getting to know Catalonia from a different perspective, the Liceu offers an attractive alternative. It is at this city that you will find a perfect blend of gastronomy, history and Catalan art. All these elements form a symbiosis in a complex that will invite you to become a 'diner-spectator'. Undoubtedly, a journey of more than 950 square metres will not leave you indifferent. In addition, you can take home anything you want and you will still be left with money for socialising.