Best meal I had on my Euro trip. We had the "Sensacions" menu and loved it. Every course was a pleasant surprise, and incredibly unique. My favorite dish was the foie gras, but everything else came in a close second. Would like to try the Gastronomic menu next time I'm in Barcelona.
Cinc Sentits was supposed to be one of the best restaurants in Barcelona, and I was so disappointed... Especially after looking at the pricetag at the end of the meal. (I'd rather spend a lil bit more and eat at Alinea again, for almost the same price).
We got the 8 course tasting menu. The amuse bouche was a maple syrup shot, and that was really good. Theres was a soup that was good, but it didn't wow me. The only other dish that I thought was amazing was the carmelized large piece of foie gras. I think my friends and I would all agree that the foie gras was definitely the best part of the meal. The desserts were forgettable, nothing spectacular. I heard great things about Cinc Sentits, but it just didnt cut it for me...
It's been 2 years since I've had dinner here and to be honest, I can't remember what I had. This dinner did not stand out in any way. When I enjoy a meal, I think back on it and remember the flavors and the enjoyment I had while eating the dishes. Unfortunately, I do not remember a single dish from this restaurant.
This was probably one of the more expensive 1 Michelin star restaurant that I have been to and just not worth it.
I would skip this place and pick another.
This is hard, I don't know where to start. This was without a doubt one of our top 3 meals ever. That said, you need to be a certain kind of foodie to truly enjoy it. I can understand why there is a review that said things were too sweet. I was SHOCKED at how sweet things could be and still be savory. Cinc Sentis to me is a play on the senses, and it was delightful. Well, now that I've started let me go on...
First the atmosphere and service were exceptional. This was team service and everyone we interacted with was lovely and equally as important really into the food and wine. What I loved was the pride they took in the pairings and the special finds they feature. They also go into the "why" the chef made a certain choice, which includes the heritage of the dish. Meaning... "This dish is our take on [name] Catalan dish," which also included an explanation of that dish and their take.
Now, here, I have to mention that though I have had a large number of high quality modernist meals, they generally fall flat for me -- more form than function, and I dig function in my food and bev.
This was without a doubt, the best modernist meal I have had. Each dish was carefully constructed, and there was only one that didn't make me think differently about the ingredients or the original dish. (If I did know the original dish.) While it was hard to choose, I think my favorite was the main which was 3 version of squab... in 3 dishes, all creatively plated. Near to that was the langostinos and pork belly, which they paired with sea urchin foam and black garlic. Loved it and I don't like sea urchin typically. If I had to choose a third dish, it would likely be the 5 (or was it 6) tapas that we started with. Oh, forgot to mention this was the gastronomic tasting menu that is only offered for lunch. Yep, 3+ hours starting at 1:30p.
I have to agree with the surprise that this restaurant only has one Michelin star. Just a week ago in Nice we ate at a (also wonderful) 2-star restaurant and this was better... by just a schmidge. Really we loved both, but if I had to choose a winner, I'd have to go with Cinc Sentis for originality that works.
So if you aren't really into food, or aren't in the mood to sit back and appreciate the artistry, this isn't for you. But if you are, wow, just wow. And then a few hours later, you will smile again and say, wow.
Ugh, I hate to do this because it seems like everyone else loved this place. This was our really pricey meal in Barcelona. We had high hopes, but I don't think overly-high. The place was lovely and the service amazing. I thought the food was underwhelming though. I know their thing is the sweet/salty balance of senses, but some of the dishes were just too sweet. I really wasn't impressed with anything except the pea soup and the entree. The desserts were very lackluster. I felt horrible because I convinced my husband we should spend the money on this meal and afterwards I wanted to cry because it did feel like a total waste. We had much better meals at places that were much cheaper in both Barcelona and Madrid.
I've spent more on meals in the US, but never felt disappointed after doing so. I wouldn't recommend it.
I have been remiss in not reviewing my April dinner at this amazing restaurant. We were visiting my sister in Barcelona and on our last night there, she took our kids to the skate park and sent my wife and I to Cinc Sentits.
The meal was excellent - all seven+ courses. They happily adapted the menu for my wife who is a vegetarian (but eats fish). The servers did a great job of presenting the food and the wine pairings and why they worked together. We chose the local wine menu to get the full spanish experience.
You will not regret this experience.
Probably the best lunch ever - gastronomic tasting menu that took us 3 hours. Besides the very good food, Laurena, our sommelier, made this meal a very special experience. Her wine knowledge and willingness to experiment was wonderful. White Tempranillo, smoked Cava, oh where to begin.
While not all dishes were my favorite (and hence my only reason not to give it 5 stars), I was super impressed by the oyster - love oysters, but this one was just outstanding. Olive oil poached bonito paired with the smoked Cava was superb. Squab and a glass of red that was poured at the beginning of service and sitting and waiting 2 hours for the squab to arrive ;-), was wonderful.
My husband and I planned our trip to Spain last minute so we didn't have enough of a timeframe to make reservations at some places we wanted to try but we were lucky enough to get reservations at Cinc Sentits and really enjoyed our (very late) dinner there.
Cinc Sentits is a beautiful restaurant- elegantly appointed with the gracious hospitality that seems to be a signtature of the people of Spain. The cuisine is inventive, nuanced, and very skillfully created. We enjoyed the meal and felt it was a good choice for our "special" meal while we were in Barcelona. If you are looking to dine at a Michelin starred restaurant with excellent wine pairings and gorgeous and delicious food, I would definitely put Cinc Sentitis on your list.
You might wonder why I put four stars versus five and it's simply a matter of preference. My husband and I do not seek out formal dining much anymore and though the experience was without fault, it's not the type of meal we would seek out again or recommend to someone unless they were specifically looking for that type of setting/experience/buget. The four stars is in no way a reflection of the restaurant but merely how I would rate it in terms of my preferences in dining experiences amongst the places we tried in Barcelona.
Cinc Sentits is literally my favorite restaurant in the world.
It has only recently in the past few years garnered a 1 star from Michelin Guide and it works hard to keep its rating.
Cinc Sentits means Five Senses.
For 3 hours, we settled into a very minimalistic setting -- good because it focuses on the food and service. Maitre d speaks perfect English, Spanish and Catalonian. Good job on the hiring! They have a shorter menu called the Business Lunch .. specifically for customers who want to experience Cinc Sentits but at a lower fare and less courses.
... I think what makes this place so wonderful is that it serves dishes with a local Catalonian flare. Everything from .. to the smoked sole, parsnip foam, suckling pig, cheese plate, truffles, foie gras (hugeeeeee!!), to the amuse bouche, petit fours, desserts... everything was above and beyond any 2/3 star resturant here in the States.
Reservations can be made online. BUT I highly recommend asking your hotel to make the reservation for you --- hotels can help pull strings and perks. ;) Plus -- it assures you of your reservation.
** You can easily find Cinc Sentits by hoping off the closest metro station to the University and walk less than a mile.
** total (w/ tip) was about $250 for 2 people. Worth it -- it was the only high end resturant we went to, and after going we have yet to find anything as good as this (and for the price).
For the price and hype, I was very underwhelmed.
We got the tasting menu with 8 course I think. The dinner started off well, some of the started were very good, like the soup (I think it was pumpkin) and the maple shot amuse. Of course the foie gras was to die for. I have a special place in my heart for foie gras and this did not disappoint. After that the meal kind of went downhill for me. The fish seemed overcooked to me, the chicken dish lacked flavor and dessert was average. I had such high hopes for Cinc but personally would not recommend.
One of the top three fine dining experiences we had in Spain, which includes surpassing meals at Alkemia in Barcelona and Ramon Freixa in Madrid.
You know great things are to be expected when your palate is primed with a decadant shot of maple syrup, cream, and cava sabayon. From that point on, it was just plate after plate of clean, well articulated food with flavours that make you stop and notice.
Definitely not to be missed, a dining experience I would couple with a trip to Gresca to really make your visit to Barcelona unforgettable.
Probably one of the most underrated restaurants in Barcelona when I first came to visit a few years ago.
Then it was just a newly opened family run restaurant and has since been receiving many accolades which are justly deserved including a Michelin star.
This is fine dining in Barcelona without the all the unnecessary pretentiousness. Amazing setting, service and flavors. A modern flair on Catalan cuisine. The chef, Artal, is a Canadian! (Bonus points in my book)
The foie gras "coca" with balsamic-glazed leeks, burnt-sugar crust, chives is among my all-time favorite dishes and an amazing creation in the world of cuisine.
In an ode to canada, he also serves a famous L'Arpège egg dish of yolk, whipping cream, sherry vinegar, maple syrup and rock salt.
If you're visiting Barcelona, plan to stop here and enjoy.
Wow what a fancy place! Wifey and I made reservations for this place and was anticipating it to be expensive. Boy was it expensive. But don't get me wrong it's definitely worth the $$$$. The food the chef made was good. Love the fact that he used Catalan signature items to infuse with the food. Gave me a really good taste of what Catalan people's palettes are, sweet )even the fois gra was sweet. The pairing of the wine also was a treat. Who would have thought of a rose(wine) tasting like bacon. It's definitely something to try if you have the $$$$ for it. Cost me and the wifey over $325 (US dollars) but hey, YOLO(in Barcelona-haha)
The wife & I came here for dinner back in 2010, it was an incredible experience.
I can only echo what others have said, it is a small family run restaurant I believe the husband is the chef & the wife is the front of house.
Stand out dishes were, suckling pig, steamed mullet in a bag, pea sorbet & chocolate mousse with olive oil. Very creative fine dining, you will have to book well in advance!
Came here for a long lunch, Sept 2011. They take reservations on their website only 2 weeks prior to when you want to show up, but if you book right at the 2 week mark, I think there's no problem getting in.
I write this review in sort of a comparison to Alkimia which across other food boards, appears to be the two comparison, which I feel is strange because they are such very different places!! i prefer the food preparation at Alkimia because I prefer that Alkimia is more experimental. but cinc sentits was more traditional but had wonderful highlights.
The cuisine is modern take on barcelona cuisine. One mention, the service here is amazing! Worthy of a fine dining experience. They all spoke great english which was a great plus for us and every dish was explained with a true intention, as if the staff was passionate about the dish.
Overall I felt it was probably less modern and more traditional, although there were several dishes that were really playful.
Favorite: caramelized large piece of foie gras. probably one of my all time favorite preparations of foie!! so delicious -- please splurge for this extra supplement.
overall, a great experience and great place to dine in barcelona. go for the lunch!
This was an amazing experience. I did the eight course tasting menu and wine pairing. To date, this is the most expensive meal that I've ever eaten and I wasn't disappointed. The atmosphere, the flavors and the presentation were stellar. If you're looking for an elegant dining experience, then this is the place for you.
I am surprised that this restaurant has only 1 Michelin star. It is by far my favourite restaurant, beating out all the other 1 and 2 Michelin star restaurants that I have tried across the world. Not only is it best in class for Catalan cuisine, but its tasting menu is truly worth a detour if you're in the Barcelona area. Every single dish was well-conceived, creative, and executed perfectly with outstanding culinary finesse. Further, the service was impeccable -- they didn't bother you too much but they were always available if you needed them (with only 10 tables in the restaurant, they are truly dedicated to providing you with excellent customer service). Further, its ambiance was far from pretentious, which when coupled with delicious food, hints at a perfect restaurant.
Cinc Sentits provides a very unique, fine dining experience. The restaurant itself is very clean, modern and quiet. The service is amazing- owner/maitre D', Amelia Artal, was very welcoming and down to earth.
Cinc Sentits gifted me with my first experience with molecular gastronomy. We decided to do the SENSACIONS menu, which originally consisted of 10 very creative courses, but I believe they added much more. Each course was filled with so many surprises that excited all of my senses. What an incredible ride!
I can't stop raving about Cinc Sentits to my friends and family- I will be back!
I just returned from hosting customers at Cinc Sentits. Our group travels internationally, and is accustomed to fine dining. This restaurant exceeded expectations (high to begin with) in taste, pairings, presentation, variety, experience. Cinc Sintis is a family owned business, adding to the charm. We all had our iPhones out to take pictures of the food that is presented as a piece of art. And every course was exquisite. Cinc Sentits is a must for an exquisite experience.
Thank you yelpers for the recommendation.
Greater than their single michelin star would suggest. Quality of ingredient, preparation and service were all flawless. Not molecular, avant garde, or experimental, but just flat out delicious well executed food.
Highly, highly recommended and a pretty decent value for the quality of the experience. We ended up spending $300US after all taxes and service for two of the longer tasting menus and with a bottle of very nice Grenache. I can easily see spending closer to $500 for the same experience in a major American city.
So delicious. And inventive! Cinc Sentits did not disappoint, despite our having made reservations for dinner last Saturday with very high expectations for a Michelin-star worthy experience.
The sleek interior space is long and narrow, with just enough room to comfortably seat around ten tables. The decor is simple and modern - dark neutral tones, wood paneling, flickering votives, and individual table arrangements of dried citrus, twigs and stones. Ribbons of amber beads swirl across the ceiling and keep the spare setting from feeling too severe.
The menu at Cinc Sentits is seasonal and offered in two forms: an eight-course "menu sensacions" (with or without wine pairings) or a six-course "menu essencia" which is served with slightly larger portions. As we deliberated, we ordered a glass of cava (delicious!) and decided to splurge on the menu sensacions with wine pairings.
The meal began with a trio of traditional Spanish tapas - marinated olives, crispy salted cod, and spicy fried almonds - each given a slightly modern twist. We were also presented with a selection of rustic breads and olive oils. Next came the deservedly-popular shot of salted maple syrup, cream and cava (perfectly balanced and very light!). The courses which followed included a savory pumpkin soup topped with toasted nuts and seeds (delicious!), caramelized foie gras with a coca crust, chives, and leeks over crispy sheets of filo pastry (amazing), smoked quail with a chestnut sauce, cod with paella (a little too salty and saffrony for my taste), braised beef with black truffle, celery root puree, and celery sorbet (outstanding! the celery sorbet worked!), a trio of Spanish cheese, a raspberry sorbet with pistacchio cake and vanilla bean custard, and chocolate mousse with violet macaron crumble. Everything was perfectly prepared and beautifully presented. The wine pairings were fine, though we would have preferred them to have been more red (only the beef course was paired with a red wine), less white, and without the dessert strawberry-lime infused muscat (which tasted exactly like a Good Humor Strawberry Shortcake bar).
Throughout, the service was excellent, friendly and very comfortable speaking in Castilian, Catalan or English. The only part of our experience that I found disappointing was the odd sort of ambiance created by a restaurant given entirely over to tasting menus. It was somewhat distracting after each course was served to hear an identical presentation being made to an adjacent table (with equal enthusiasm, even!). Indeed, as I became aware that all four tables in our corner of the room had decided on the 7-course menu, I began to feel a competitive urge to keep up our dining pace (I am still unsure how one particular couple was able to start their dinner at least forty-five minutes after us and have paid their check and departed before we'd even finished our dessert!). Nevertheless, we had a fantastic evening and the food was very memorable. I would definitely return to sample another seasonal selection!
*Though the portions are small, they add up! Be sure to come with a hearty appetite (I was barely able to get through the cheese course).
It's been awhile since we visited Cinc Sentits when writing this review. But I do remember I was really impressed with their amuse bouche...or was it their appetizer? I don't remember. But the maple syrup amuse bouche was outstanding!! I heard the chef was from Canada...so perhaps that was an ode to Canada? :)
I was also equally impressed with their foie gras. I think it was the best foie gras I've had to date! And I normally don't like foie gras too much since I find it realllly rich. But Cinc Sentits did an awesome job with the carmelized sugar on the foie gras that gave it a nice crunchy sweet texture!
I loved the unique and creative dish with the romesco sauce and sardines (although the hubby did not enjoy the sardines as much). Very creative!
Service was good and attentive (but not as good as service at other Michelin star restaurants I've been to).
Save up your Euros b/c this place is pricey!!! But worth a splurge. Enjoy! :)
A true dining experience. Sleek dining area with great lighting. Fantastic staff comfortable with English. Presentation, flavor and ability to incorporate taste and texture was amazing. Option for business lunch of 4 courses was more than enough for a 2 hour dining experience. Noteworthy was the foie gras, scallops, scorpion fish done 2 ways and pork loin with poached shallot.
Simply fantastic! I died and went to heaven.
one of the best meals of my life. not ostentatious. just expertly crafted.
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