Catalan chef Sergi Arola—from Michelin two-starred Sergi Arola Gastro in Madrid—opened this tapas restaurant at the Hotel Arts in Olympic Village, in 2004. Located on the second floor, the terrace has prime views of Frank Gehry's bronze whale sculpture and Barceloneta Beach. This is a pica-pica style restaurant, meaning nibble-sized-portions are served in stages and shared by the table. Seasonal cold and hot small plates range from heavy (fried potatoes filled with chili sauce) to light (sardines marinated in olive oil). In the dining room, rows of two-tops are situated between cream-colored, wrap-around chairs and cushioned benches with purple pillows. Local DJs spin nightly.
Congratulations to Mei Lin, winner of Top Chef Season 12.