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.
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From the From the May 2008 Food & Wine Go List
Brazilian barbecue is notorious for its all-you-can-eat <em>rodízio</em> presentation—place a green token on the table, and the waiters will keep bringing food. The servers rushing by with giant skewers at this São Paulo classic (with several branches throughout Brazil and the U.S.) might scare <em>rodízio</em> first-timers, but the 15 cuts of top-quality meat (mostly beef, with some pork and chicken options) are reasons to keep coming back.
We loved: Rump steak, pork ribs, chicken hearts.
Congratulations to Mei Lin, winner of Top Chef Season 12.