Carrer de L’Escar, 22, Moll Dels Pescadors, 08039 Barcelona, Spain
Imagine eating dinner while watching the sun set over the Barcelona shoreline – that’s the experience you get this beautiful restaurant situated right next to the water at the La Barceloneta piers. After a relaxing afternoon at the beach on our second day in Spain, K and I stopped by for a celebratory dinner (we’d just received our job offers for next year), and had a great meal.
Last week marked K and I’s five-year anniversary, and what better way of celebrating this milestone than with our very first (proper) degustation? Ezard was an obvious choice – we’ve both wanted to dine there for quite some time.
A two-hatted restaurant, Ezard is the first brainchild of renowned chef Teage Ezard, who has owned and operated it for over 16 years. The menu takes inspiration from Asian flavours, and consists of both ala carte and an 8-course degustation for $165 (excluding wine and extras).
Carrer de la Diputació, 269, 08007 Barcelona, Spain
For our first night in Barcelona, tapas was the obvious choice. We had read about Tapas 24 on a few websites, all praising it as a hot spot for locals and tourists alike, with a great atmosphere and food, so we decided to give it a shot.
It was clear from the minute we approached the place that it was exceedingly popular – there was a line of at least 20 people snaking out from the door. Even so, the turnover of diners seemed to be quite quick, so we were seated in no time.
Level 4, Emporium Melbourne, 287 Lonsdale St Melbourne, VIC 3000
After 3 months in Europe, K and I were absolutely ecstatic to be able to eat some great Chinese food back home, and Din Tai Fung was the obvious choice. This Michelin-starred (Hong Kong) restaurant chain opened in the Melbourne Emporium earlier this year, and in the weeks following, saw consistently massive lines snaking out from its entrance on the upper floor. Even though the hype has died down somewhat since then, K and I didn’t take any chances and arrived ready for our feast well before the Friday night dinner rush.
We were seated without delay – I was immediately taken aback by the efficiency and quality of the waiters, chattering away on their earpieces and bowing to us as we walked by – it was Asian hospitality at its best. The décor was clean and contemporary, a mix of wood, marble and even a few pops of greenery. All of this made for an excellent first impression.