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26 Jul, 2011

Restaurant Etapes

Posted by: Wen Ching In: Spain|Western Food

And so we continued on our way, eventually we reached La Rambla. We both loved this street. It was perfect and had all the ingredients to make it such an enjoyable place to be in. The atmosphere was lively, street performers were abound, stalls littered both sides of the street and it had lots of food and ice cream!

Mercat de Sant Josep de la Boqueria
Walking along La Rambla, we eventually noticed the Mercat de Sant Josep de la Boqueria (La Boqueria Market). We entered this market and were greeted by various displays of fruits and fruit juices amongst other things. The natural medley of the various fruit colours were a sight to behold.

Mercat de Sant Josep de la Boqueria
Also in the market was an egg shop selling various kinds of eggs. We thought its display was quite cute.

Catedral de la Santa Creu i Santa Eulàlia
Close to La Rambla was the Catedral de la Santa Creu i Santa Eulàlia (Cathedral of the Holy Cross and Saint Eulalia), also more simply known as the Barcelona Cathedral. This prominent landmark has very impressive architecture and imposes a commanding presence in the city. It was spectacular to look at, if one can ignore the scaffolding around the top and the huge crane in front of it. Ah well, it needs to be refurbished at some point I guess.

Restaurant Etapes
Now it’s time for lunch. The restaurant of our choice was Restaurant Etapes. We decided to have lunch here as it ranked rather high on Tripadvisor’s restaurant list for Barcelona.

Interior, Restaurant Etapes
Both indoor and outdoor seating were available. We opted to sit inside as it looked comfortable (it was!) and it was more cooling than being outside. The interior of the restaurant was not big, but it was not uncomfortably small. The design was simplicity at its finest.

Tomato bread, Restaurant Etapes
When we were seated, we were given a choice between complimentary white or tomato bread. We opted for the tomato bread as it sounded more exciting. We were not disappointed. It tasted of fresh tomato and garlic and was a great way to start off the meal.

Green salad with salmon mousse, buffalo cheese and vinaigrette Chardonnay, Restaurant Etapes
The lunch menu from Tuesdays to Fridays is divided into three courses; a starter, a main course and dessert. The total per person for lunch was €15.50. There was a selection of 3 items for the starter and 4 items to choose from for the main course. For our starters, we had the green salad with salmon mousse, buffalo cheese and vinaigrette Chardonnay (pictured). This was a good salad with slightly sour dressing was really appetising. My better half enjoyed the salad very much.

Pumpkin cream with shavings of dried tuna, dried fruit and reduction of Modena, Restaurant Etapes
We also had the pumpkin cream with shavings of dried tuna, dried fruit and reduction of Modena. The best and simplest way to describe this would be to say that it was a thick pumpkin soup. It was sweet and was a contrast to the salad. I really liked the pumpkin cream and would love to have more.

Planxa fish market fish with marinara sauce and peas, Restaurant Etapes
For the mains we had the Planxa fish market fish with marinara sauce and peas. The name refers to the fish market as the fish used changes depending on what’s fresh and available from the fish market. It was lightly salted and not cooked with many different flavours, but in this instance that was exactly why it was good. We were able to taste the natural flavour and freshness of the fish.

Rump steak with port sauce, caramelised onions and mashed potatoes, Restaurant Etapes
The second main was the rump steak with port sauce, caramelised onions and mashed potatoes. The steak was good, but not great. It was nice and pink on the inside with a trace of blood. I enjoy my steaks that way, but some might not fancy it too much. Even so, the steak was a bit chewy which can get tiring after a while. On its own it would not be a very good steak, but it was redeemed by the sweet port sauce and caramelised onions. The sauce was an excellent accompaniment to the steak.

Banana cake, Restaurant Etapes
There were two items to choose from for dessert that day; banana cake and chocolate cake. In the interests of expanding our food horizons, we had one of each. The banana cake (pictured) was not the light and fluffy variation, but more dense. Even so, it was very enjoyable. It was not too sweet and did well as a light after-meal snack.

Chocolate cake, Restaurant Etapes
The chocolate cake on the other hand was sweeter, but similar to the banana cake in that it was a denser type of cake as well. It had a rich chocolate taste and we liked it as well!

All in all, it was a good lunch and we were glad to have followed the recommendations of Tripadvisor. The restaurant has a website with a map of their location here.

We had something light for dinner that night, watch this space to find out what it was!

Restaurant Information
Enric Granados, 10
08007 Barcelona
Spain.
Tel: +34 93 323 6914

4 Responses to "Restaurant Etapes"

1 | ai wei

July 26th, 2011 at 11:36 am

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i saw cherries!!! tomato bread sounds interesting. craving for cakes at this sudden >.<

2 | Eat Only Lar! » Blog Archive » Cafe de L’Òpera

July 28th, 2011 at 12:21 pm

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[...] a rather filling lunch at Restaurant Etapes, we continued our journey and made our way back to La [...]

3 | eatonlylar

July 28th, 2011 at 12:39 pm

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Ai Wei, yeah, we tried the cherries, they were quite good! The tomato bread is very nice indeed, fresh and crusty! No worries, you can bake you own cake whenever you crave for them! =D

4 | Eat Only Lar! » Blog Archive » Tapa Tapa

August 5th, 2011 at 12:44 pm

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[...] persons, the tomato bread was delicious. Tapa Tapa’s version is thinner and crustier compared to Etapes’s, the latter has a more prominent tomato [...]

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