The newest opening in the booming Sant Antoni district is all about duality—innovative food and drinks served up with live performances. It makes sense then that the owners chose an old anchovy factory as their venue, with plenty of open space and high ceilings from which their in-house acrobat can suspend. And while actors, singers and circus acts entertain guests, the chefs and barmen put on a show of their own in the kitchen. Described as a ‘tour-du-monde’ by head chef Alvaro Garces, El Mama y La Papa produces international cuisine adapted with Spanish ingredients, including braised octopus with causa limeña, a Peruvian dish with yellow potatoes. The drinks list is just as creative, featuring cocktails like the Nubes de Lichi martini, which comes adorned with a miniature cone of candyfloss, and the Margarita del Diablo that uses chilli-flavoured tequila to pack a punch.
El Mama y La Papa. Passatge de Pere Calders 2.