As the name suggests, chef Jordi Vila fashions himself an alchemist, transmuting base materials of Catalan cuisine into a kind of gastronomic gold. Some signature dishes—like a “fried egg” of cauliflower cream—are almost impossibly labor-intensive (and priced accordingly), while others like the roast chicken canneloni, the veal kidneys with coffee crumbs, or the pickled oyster with glazed pork are surprising in their tastes but more straightforward to prepare. Vila can elevate some of the simplest ingredients, poaching red mullet in olive oil and gracing the plate with an apple-cucumber chutney.
Carrer Industria, 79
Our Rating Neighborhood L'Eixample Hours Mon–Fri 1:30–3:30pm and 8:30–10:30pm Transportation Metro: Sagrada Família Phone 93-207-61-15 Prices Main dishes 11€–28€; fixed-price menus 39€–94€ Cuisine type Catalan Web site Alkimia Other Reservations required. Closed 3 weeks in Aug
MapCarrer Industria, 79 Barcelona
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