The world of haute cuisine is constantly evolving, and every year, the Michelin guide becomes the compass that guides us to the most exceptional culinary destinations. In the year 2024, Barcelona finds itself at the epicenter of the gastronomic revolution, as the acclaimed Disfrutar restaurant has reached the pinnacle by receiving its third Michelin star. This prestigious recognition has catapulted chefs Oriol Castro, Eduard Xatruch and Mateu Casañas to the exclusive group of restaurants that hold the highest award of the most important gastronomic guide in the world.
Disfrutar’s journey in search of culinary excellence is an inspiring journey that began in 2014, when the restaurant opened its doors. In just four years, in 2018, they reached two Michelin stars, an achievement that already highlighted them in the firmament of haute cuisine. However, this year’s gala witnessed an unprecedented milestone, as Disfrutar was awarded the coveted third Michelin star, a recognition that only a select few can attest to.
The Architects of Flavor
El Disfrutar is not just a restaurant; it is a symphony of flavors, a choreography of textures and an unparalleled gastronomic experience. This culinary temple is the fruit of the tireless work of three passionate chefs: Oriol Castro, Eduard Xatruch and Mateu Casañas. Born in Barcelona, Vila-seca and Girona, respectively, these three culinary talents have merged their unique visions to create a cuisine that is much more than the sum of its parts.
The story of these three chefs is intertwined with the legendary restaurant El Bulli, where they were trained and where their destinies crossed 25 years ago. Under the tutelage of master chef Ferran Adrià, they grew and molded themselves into virtuosos of avant-garde cuisine. For more than a decade, they worked side by side with Adrià, absorbing his wisdom and honing his skills.
In 2012, they took a bold step by opening their first restaurant together, Compartir Cadaqués, and two years later, they ventured into the creation of Disfrutar. In 2016, the Michelin Guide gala awarded them their first star, an achievement that marked the beginning of their meteoric rise. Just two years later, Disfrutar received its second Michelin star, consolidating its position as one of Barcelona’s most exciting dining destinations. And now, at the 2024 gala, they have been crowned with the third and final star, a milestone that reflects the unwavering effort of these three chefs to achieve excellence.
The Legacy of Barcelona and Catalonia
Obtaining the third Michelin star is not only a personal triumph for Oriol Castro, Eduard Xatruch and Mateu Casañas, but also elevates Barcelona and Catalonia to a new level of recognition on the international gastronomic scene. The city and the region are known for their rich culinary tradition and their passion for fresh, quality ingredients. With Disfrutar leading the way, Barcelona has established itself as a culinary epicenter that attracts gastronomic connoisseurs from all over the world.
The trio of chefs have also expanded their gastronomic empire with the opening of Compartir Barcelona, a metropolitan mirror image of their successful restaurant in Cadaqués. This space, located at 225 Valencia Street, has been in operation since last year and offers an equally memorable dining experience. At Compartir Barcelona, the spirit of sharing and culinary creativity combine to provide diners with a unique experience where food becomes a form of connection and celebration.
A Mediterranean Experience in the Heart of Barcelona
The Disfrutar de Barcelona is much more than a restaurant; it is a culinary experience that embraces the richness of Mediterranean tradition while embracing innovation and modernity. The tasting menu is the central axis of the gastronomic proposal, offering diners a culinary journey in which each dish is an edible work of art.
The cuisine at Disfrutar is bold, fun and modern, with a focus on “taste” as a fundamental premise. Each dish is an explosion of carefully balanced flavors, where local ingredients are transformed into culinary masterpieces. Respect for history and Mediterranean heritage is reflected in every bite, while ceramics, inspired by the region, adorn the restaurant and create an atmosphere that invites you to explore the senses.
A Space to Share
The Disfrutar’s location is equally remarkable. Located in the Eixample district, right in front of the Ninot Market, the restaurant offers a unique view of Barcelona’s culinary life. The design of the venue is a tribute to Mediterranean history and heritage, with ceramics as the common thread that marks the interior space.
The entrance to the restaurant evokes the essence of Barcelona, with details inspired by the wrought ironwork of the Ninot Market and the vibrant colors of the local ceramics. As diners proceed down the central aisle, made of ceramic with the texture of argyle, they encounter the kitchen, which is displayed in all its glory to the delight of customers. The main dining room is inspired by charming fishing villages, creating a cozy atmosphere that celebrates the connection between food and community.