Barcelona

Fonda Gaig

130

200 Calle Corsega,
Barcelona,

Spain,
08036.

This new brasserie from Barcelona’s hautest chef, Carles Gaig, is perfection, from the sprawling room that’s both cozy and cool to the nuevo catalán menu. Open since 2007, Fonda has already achieved a cult status. Even at lunch on a Monday everyone’s here: patrician businessmen in beige blazers, svelte Marni wearers—all talking recession blues over crisp golden bacalao fritters. Gaig’s traditional pastas are legendary: slender cannelloni with a decadent multimeat filling, and macarones del cardenal, silky pasta tubes cloaked in a divine sauce of cream and onion sofrito under gratinéed Parmesan.