Review: Blanc restaurant at the Mandarin Oriental Barcelona hotel

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Originally published at foodbarcelona.com

Chef Carme Ruscalleda takes charge of the informal Blanc restaurant in the Mandarin Oriental Barcelona hotel with fabulous, unfussy dishes.

Review: Blanc, Mandarin Oriental Hotel, Eixample, Barcelona

Blanc restaurant is like an unlucky-in-love Hollywood star: glamorous and beautiful but seemingly unable to settle down with the right partner. The story of its dalliances with chefs even has a screenplay quality. There was a tempestuous but talented French lover – Jean Luc Figueras – who left for a younger hotel. A rebound relationship with an unheralded local journeyman didn’t attract much press but then came another celebrity pairing. Rising star Ángel León arrived and put a ring on it, re-branding the restaurant as BistrEau, but it wasn’t to last. León was on his way to the very top and left to concentrate on pursuing – and winning – a third Michelín star at his Aponiente restaurant. They split on good terms and he has announced to return for booty calls, sorry, pop-up restaurant appearances, in the future.

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