A surprising number of places are open this year for New Year's Eve although most are only willing to serve their 'special' New Year’s menu at a correspondingly 'special' price and will have no truck with anyone trying to go à la carte. Obviously it’s a time of year when the festive spirit of hedonism gets to the accounts department and there’s no point in even thinking about getting value for money out of the experience: accept that prices are hoiked up to at least double, put common sense to the back of your cava-sozzled mind, hand over the plastic and try and think about something else.
One of the cheaper options available is cosy little stone-walled Vinda (Carrer Regomir 4, tel. 646 563 930) in the Barri Gòtic, which is offering a globetrotting New Year dinner menu for €45: after a welcome mojito, starters include Mexican tortilla soup or avocado salad, then quail Jerez-style with a terrine of potatoes or salmon en papillote followed up by good old apple crumble.
Up in Bonanova, an altogether grander experience awaits at the beautiful modernista mansion that houses El Trapio (Carrer Esperança 25, 93 211 5817, www.restaurateeltrapio.com). Amuse-gueule such as foie bonbons with almonds and dark Pedro Ximénez sherry are followed by cream of sea urchin with scallop brochettes, lobster salad with raspberry vinaigrette, and then deer with blackcurrant and chestnut sauce, or partridge and wild mushrooms. It’s a rather steep €69 and drinks are not included but you do get to finish off with a complimentary glass of good cava, 12 grapes to gobble down as the clocks chime midnight and a party favour.
Most of the restaurants from Barcelona’s Tragaluz stable are offering a New Year dinner and cover a range of prices. For €60 at Tragaluz, your menu includes drinks, scarlet shrimp salad or suckling pig with mango while you’ll wave goodbye to €150 at El Principal if you feel the need for a five-course extravaganza with matched wines for each dish. Check out the menus at www.grupotragaluz.com.