La Pedrera’s Tapas Restaurant takes the humble tapas and raises it to a sophisticated level. Their new chef, Jonatan Motos Ferran, comes from Michelin starred restaurants in Europe and he readily takes the helm to create modern, elegant tapas incorporating local Chinese ingredients.
Creamed Potatoes, Eggs and Iberian Ham Crumbs (30RMB) was a highlight for us. A slow-cooked egg is surrounded by the smoothest potato purée and hidden underneath are treasure troves of umami-rich, jamon Iberico crumbs.
Strawberry Gazpacho (38RMB) is a refreshing and sweet, cold strawberry soup served with delicately peeled grape tomatoes. Teeny pieces of anchovies sit atop each tomato and they will delightfully confuse your taste buds after the sweetness of the soup.
The Salmon with Almond Cream (58RMB) was expertly seared just to the point that the skin turned crispy and the flesh stayed meltingly moist. It was served with salmon caviar and sweet black garlic sourced from local vegetable markets.
Pork Belly with Sweet Corn and Salmorejo (42RMB) sees a bar of pork belly cooked sous-vide for 24 hours then dressed with a vinegary salmorejo sauce. The acidity in the sauce lightens the fatty unctuous meat.
Along with the traditional seafood and squid ink paellas, there are Chinese variations such as Pork, Shitake and Bamboo Paella (38RMB) and Mushrooms and Truffle Paella (48RMB).
A dessert that brought a smile to our lips was the Infused Fruits, Cheese Mousse, Cotton Candy (48RMB). There was a bit of tableside theatre to this dish as we watched the chef pour warm red fruit sauce over a cloud of cotton candy. The cotton candy promptly melted down and revealed a creamy ball of cheese mousse.
La Pedrera Tapas restaurant has been open for about 1 month. You can find it on the second floor of Paradise Walk shopping mall in Binjiang.