Barcelona Wine Bar and Restaurant es Mas Macho!

By Anna Wilding on December 4, 2015

©2015 Anna Wilding, Carpe Diem Films, LLC., and Herald de Paris

©2015 Anna Wilding, Carpe Diem Films, LLC., and Herald de Paris

WASHINGTON, DC (Herald de Paris) — ¬†Barcelona Wine Bar and Restaurant couldn’t be more popular – even if it put up the finest New York red velvet ropes. ¬†A quiet day is still completely full – just without a wait list. ¬†Like any popular restaurant in the heart of the meatpacking district in New York, Barcelona has captured the populist imagination and is packed full of people of all ages, including the trendiest of hispters. ¬†Families, singles, couples, style mavens, politicos, you name it – everyone is here. ¬†Nestled in the Logan Circle, just off Du Pont Circle, this restaurant exemplifies the new DC, the one full of vibrancy and color. ¬†Logan Circle, along 14th Street, is presently the busiest arts and dining scene in the Nation‚Äôs Capitol. ¬†Barcelona has made this neighborhood its own, and it is restaurants like this one is thankful for as it makes the area as much as being part of the area. ¬†Barcelona is a venue that helps makes Logan Circle buzz.

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©2015 Anna Wilding, Carpe Diem Films, LLC., and Herald de Paris

Split level flooring starts outdoors and leads indoors to several rooms, resplendent with deep wooden walls, brick, industrial steel, smokey black and white contemporary artwork and posters, wine bar, and an open plan restaurant with kitchen view.  The interior  engages the sense in a  sophisticated earthy spirited way, that put simply puts one in the frame of mind to eat  and  drink well.

We were here to do just that.  It was not long before we were treated to wine, and song so to speak.  A selection of hearty tapas that were perfect size to share.  Chef Adam Greenberg soon came bounding out, full of joie du vie.  Adam Greenberg began his cooking career at the age of eighteen under the guidance of Billy Grant of Bricco restaurant in West Hartford, Connecticut.  Grant is a renowned chef in the Greater Hartford area and was recognized by the James Beard house on two separate occasions for his culinary genius.

While at Johnson & Wales University, Chef Greenberg apprenticed under Loren Falsone and Eric Moshier, two of Food & Wine Magazine‚Äôs Best Up and Coming Chefs of 2001, at their restaurant, Empire, which was recognized by Cond√© Nast as one of the top fifty new restaurants in the world. ¬†Adam relishes his position at Barcelona and spent considerable time in Atlanta’s Barcelona as well, honing and fine tuning the menu. ¬†Adam fulfills the duty of Executive Chef, designing the menu and making sure the ingredient ¬†are fresh and seasonal. ¬†Adam has done ¬†a splendid job to create ¬†a menu that appeals to a large market while their still being something for everyone.

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We sampled many dishes.  The Charcuterie and cheese boards are a stand-out and an excellent way to either start your dinner or enjoy a hearty bite with a glass of wine.  Paprika rubbed on fresh goat cheese Рthe Ibores, to Valdeon comprising Tres Leches and Blue Cheese.  The tapas are varied and again generously portioned.  A fresh crisp salad is a perfect counterpoint to the delicious, mouth watering smoked trout pate on garlic bread.  Spinach РChickpea Cazeual, a chunky but no less tasty and satisfying dish with a strong hint  of rustic country cooking Рperfect for winter evenings.  Mushrooms a la Plancha hit the right notes however was a  small dish comparative to the generosity in size of the other tapas served.

The standout for us was the Whole Roasted Bronzino though, and the arrival of our order prompted nearby tables to order the same. ¬†It was either the excellent dish and presentation, or else the fact one of the smiling male maitre’d’s came to personally serve it for us. ¬†A maitre’d who by the way happens to be a former professional soccer player, no less .

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When in Spain, do as the Spaniards do, there can always ¬†be a siesta the next day. Have fun, relax and enjoy the spirit of life at Barcelona Wine Bar and Restaurant¬†in Logan’s Circle.



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