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The best of the Gothic Quarter, a few minutes walk from the Mercer

The Gothic Quarter, original core of the primitive Roman Barcino and medieval Barcelona is still nowadays the heart of the city. Its streets, squares, palaces and monuments overflow history and legends.


Located in the heart of the Gothic Quarter, the Mercer Barcelona has a superb location to discover some of the main city attractions, by going for a pleasant walk and enjoying the neighborhood’s atmosphere.



Barcelona Cathedral

Just 4 minutes walking from the hotel, you can find the Cathedral of Barcelona, also known as the "Seu" or the "Santa Creu i Santa Eulàlia" Cathedral (the city’s patron). It was built for over 150 years, between the 13th and 15th centuries. The current facade was built for the Universal Exhibition of 1888 following the neogothic style. The Cathedral is one of the best city examples of Gothic architecture.

Curiosities: Did you know that the Cathedral’s gargoyles have fantastic animal shapes?


Roman wall

The foundation wall (1st century BC) surrounded the Roman Barcino, with 4 access doors that coincided with the main streets that crossed the city from end to end, with moats and some defensive towers. In the 4th century, Barcino is fortified again. The second Roman wall, stands in front of the existing wall, with 16 meters high and 76 defense towers. This new wall turns the city into a stronghold and allows its defense until the Middle Age. The remains of the wall and its towers are visible in different sections of the Gothic, such as the "Ramón Berenguer el Gran" square, next to the Cathedral.

Curiosities: One of the Roman wall defense towers is located inside Mercer Barcelona.


Plaça Sant Jaume

"Plaça Sant Jaume" (Saint James Square) is the political Barcelona center, with both palaces: the "Generalitat" (Catalonia autonomous government) and the City Council. It is worth to access from "Carrer del Bisbe" (Bishop Street) and not to miss the "Porta del Bisbe" (Bishop Door) the only of the foundation wall 4 doors that is still preserved, the beautiful Cathedral cloister or the emblematic "Pont del Bisbe" (Bishop Bridge) that connects the Catalonia Government Palace with the Catalan Presidents ancient residence, designed by the architect Joan Rubió i Bellver, Gaudí’s disciple.

Curiosities: Under this bridge there is a mysterious skull: The legend tells that those who cross back that bridge looking at the skull, will be granted a wish.


Plaça del Rei

"Plaça del Rei" (The King’s Square) is a magnificent testimony of the medieval period. This small square houses important buildings, such as the "Palau Reial Major" (Royal Palace) which was one of the Catalan Counts main residences between the 13th and 15th centuries, the "Mirador del Rei Martí" (King’s Martin Tower) with nice city views, the "Santa Àgata" Royal Chapel built in the 14th century on the Roman wall and the "Palau del Lloctintent" (Lieutenant Palace) from the 16th century, with a beautiful Renaissance courtyard.

Curiosities: In the square subsoil there are impressive archaeological remains of the Roman era, which can be visited in the City History Museum.


Plaça del Pí

Surrounded by two lively squares and in a medieval and bohemian atmosphere, stands the "Basilica of Santa Maria del Pí" (Saint Mary of the Pine Tree Church). It’s a Catalan Gothic style construction. Its rosette from the 14th century, the largest in Catalonia, was destroyed in 1936 during the Spanish Civil War and rebuilt a few years later. From its bell tower, open to the public recently, you can enjoy a panoramic view of the city.

In front of the church stands the building that houses the “Casa del Gremi dels Revenedors” (old medieval shopkeepers' guild). Its beautiful facade has the sculpture of Saint Michael (guild’s patron), as well as the oldest engraving in the city.

Curiosities: From "Plaça del Pi" (Pine Tree Square) you can go to "Petritxol" Street to taste the best hot chocolate in town.


Plaça Reial

The "Plaça Reial" (Royal Square) is the most popular portico square in the city, in which the Three Graces fountain, the lampposts (one of Gaudi's first works in Barcelona in 1879) and the characteristic palms stand out. Once occupied by important Barcelona families, today is one of the most mythical and vibrant city points, both day and night.

Curiosities: Next to this square, on "Carrer del Vidre 1" (1, Crystal Street), you will find "Herboristeria del Rei" (King’s herbalist shop), one of the oldest shops in Barcelona: Founded in 1818 and renovated in 1857 when its founder was named "Queen's Chamber Herbalist" and "Official supplier of the Royal House" by the Queen Isabel II.



The historical heritage of Barcelona's Gothic Quarter is impressive. And for its unbeatable location, the Mercer Barcelona, enables you to stay a step away from them all.

Gastronomic Autumn in Seville

At María Luisa Restaurant we know that the best way to celebrate the Andalusian gastronomy is by sitting at the table.


Coinciding with the change of the season, María Luisa Restaurant at the Mercer Sevilla launches new lunch and dinner menus, with dishes based on the local tradition and focused on the product.


NEW LUNCH MENU

As a novelty for the autumn, María Luisa Restaurant proposes a new midday menu with a series of cold dishes, fried foods, Sevillian dishes and Andalusian specialties. The young Sevillian chef Rafa Liñán has created an informal, fresh and varied menu based on popular southern recipes.

María Luisa Restaurant

For starters diners can choose, for example, a homemade Russian salad with tuna belly or "salmorejo" and continue with fried marinated anchovies with lemon and coriander, battered prawns or Iberian ham croquettes. Among the stews include the pork cheeks with creamy potato or spinach with chickpeas and cumin, among others. María Luisa also serves local classics such as the black pig fillet muffin or the fore rib sandwich with Iberian ham and Padrón peppers.

María Luisa Restaurant

Finally, you should leave room for dessert, with delicious options as honey fritters with orange marmalade or strawberries with cream and goat cheese ice cream.

See Lunch Menu


DINNER AT MARÍA LUISA

When night falls on the Sevillian Arenal district, the María Luisa menu become more sophisticated. Dishes with an Andalusian flavor, selected product from the garden, land and sea, and an original presentation result in an unforgettable dinner at the Mercer Sevilla elegant setting.

María Luisa Restaurant

Among other specialties, dinner guests can enjoy the tomato from Los Palacios, the carpaccio of prawns from Motril, small langoustines from Huelva, marinated foie-grass, wild see bass, spicy marinara lobster, Iberian pork, or Al-Andalus style lamb.

See Dinner Menu


MARÍA LUISA RECIPE


Among the new cold starters, María Luisa's menu incorporates the "ratte potatoes", a delicious potatoes, avocado, shallot, tomato and capers salad, garnished with alioli, whose recipe we share with you, so that you encourage to do it at home! Bon appétit!

SEE RECIPE


María Luisa Restaurant

Tuesday to Saturday, from 1.30 to 3.30pm and from 8.30 to 11.30pm

Closed Sunday and Monday

Tel. + 34 95 422 30 04

restaurante@mercersevilla.com


Modernist Barcelona

THE 'MODERNISME'

After the Second Industrial Revolution developments, a new trend emerges in several European countries (French Art Nouveau, German Jugendstil or English Modern Style, among others). In line with this European movement, Modernism appears as a cultural movement that seeks to modernize Catalan society.

In spite of developing in multiple disciplines (painting, sculpture, decorative arts, music or literature), its most outstanding application is architecture, which experiments a real transformation between 1885 and 1920, particularly in Barcelona.



ITS CONTEXT

Between the middle and the end of the 19th century, Barcelona witness the demolition of the walls that surrounded the city, the urbanization of extramural grounds, the creation of the Eixample district and the celebration of the Universal Exhibition in 1888. The city is in full transformation. Publishers, printers, newspapers, entities and associations proliferate. And with this economic and urban development, a new industrial well-off, enlightened and modern bourgeoisie grows.

The Eixample new district is fashionable and its main lane (the Passeig de Gràcia) is chosen by the bourgeoisie to fix their residences. Architecture becomes a sign of status: Having a modernist house allows standing out in social circles. As a result, the city becomes a hive of construction by the hand of the best Catalan architects. Some of these bourgeois end up being architect admirers, friends and patrons, as the Count Güell and the architect Gaudí, who will collaborate for decades in several projects.



CHARACTERISTICS OF MODERNIST ARCHITECTURE

Modernism is a heterogeneous movement in which each artist has his personal style, but all agree on the will to break with traditional esthetic rules, reject the poor and industrial architectural style of the first half of the 20th century, creating new forms far from the academicism and placing Barcelona at the height of new European trends.

"Originality consists of returning to the origin; be original is to returns to the simplicity of the first solutions." (Antoni Gaudí)

The artistic renewal is based on the creative freedom, the symbology and the profusion of details in the decoration. The new architectural concepts are inspired in nature (organic and colorist forms) and movement (curved and asymmetrical shapes). The use of new post-industrial building materials (such as iron structures) coexists with traditional techniques and crafts (such as blacksmith or glassmaker). New solutions of space, light and interior design are born.



WORLD HERITAGE

In this new city, lively and wealthy, young architects find the ideal setting for developing, free, modern, personal and creative new forms of expression. The legacy of the modernist architecture includes more than 100 works of outstanding local architects such as Josep Puig i Cadafalch, Lluís Domènech i Montaner and Antoni Gaudí, main representatives of Catalan Modernism.

Some works have been listed by Unesco as Cultural Heritage of Humanity: The Palau de la Música Catalana or the Hospital de Sant Pau by Domènech i Montaner, as well as the Palau Güell, Park Güell, the Vicens, Batlló and Milà Houses or the Sagrada Familia Nativity façade and crypt by Antoni Gaudí.



MODERNIST CURIOSITIES

THE 'GOLDEN SQUARE'

Eixample district (as the bourgeois residential center of the time) concentrates most of modernist buildings. Known as the 'Golden Square', this area is included in the 'Modernism Route', a journey through the modernist architecture that runs through the central Barcelona streets. The main axes of this itinerary are indicated on the pavement by red flower-shaped tiles (called 'panots') similar to those created by the architect Puig i Cadafalch for the carriage yard at the Amatller family house and later used to pave many Barcelona streets.



THE ‘BONE OF CONTENTION’

Inside the ‘Quadrat d'Or’, on the Passeig de Gràcia section between Aragó and Consell de Cent streets, architects Puig i Cadafalch, Domènech i Montaner and Gaudí built the houses for the Amatller (1898), Lleó Morera (1902) and Batlló (1904) families, respectively. Inhabitants of Barcelona named this section as the ‘Bone of Contention’ due to the impossibility of determining which of these spectacular houses was the most beautiful, as well as the supposed rivalry between these outstanding architects.



In short, these and other sensational modernist buildings remain an essential part of the Barcelona personality. The Mercer Hotel Barcelona Guest Relations Department will be delighted to organize a private tour with official guide for you to discover the uniqueness and genius architecture of the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

It's cocktail time!

The cocktail is a bicentennial drink which history has had ups and downs, although in the last decades it has become very fashionable, gaining fans to the original drinks.


ORIGIN

It seems that the word cocktail comes from an establishment in Mexico that served a mixture of liquors with fruit juices. Due to its color, this drink was called "cock's tail". And it was not only widely accepted, but also quickly internationalized, first in the US (where "cocktail hour" and "cocktail suits" were invented) and later on worldwide.

Nowadays, there is a wide variety of cocktails, some of them very popular, and modern cocktail recipes increase day by day with recognized bartender’s new creations.

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MERCER BARCELONA AND MERCER SEVILLA COCKTAIL BARS

Mercer hotels are well known for a great location, an impeccable design, a personalized guest service and an excellent gastronomic offer. Part of this philosophy is to offer a distinctive cocktail culture, for both guests and the local public who want to discover our Cocktail Bars in Barcelona and Seville.

Mercer Hotel Sevilla

The Mercer Barcelona and Mercer Sevilla Cocktail Bars are intimate and elegant spaces, dominated by an impressive shelving with a collection of bottles, as well as an exclusive furniture. Their menu combines classic cocktails with Mercer own creation cocktails and other non-alcoholic cocktails.

Mercer Hotel Barcelona

We invite you to relax in a refined setting and to share a drink in good company, either enjoying your favorite cocktail or letting yourself be advised and surprised by our expert Bartenders...


RECIPES

Discover how to prepare the famous "Mojito" and the sophisticated "Cosmopolitan", you can both taste them at Mercer Barcelona and Mercer Sevilla. Become a real Barman and impress your guests with our recipes!

Mercer Hotel Barcelona

MOJITO

The origin of the Mojito is a drink from the XVI century called "Draque" in honor of the English privateer Sir Francis Drake. His recipe included lime to help sailors vitamin C lacking fighting scurvy.

In the middle of the XVII, the recipe changes liquor for rum and the Cuban "Draquecito" starts being called Mojito, diminutive of "mojo" (sauce or dressing), probably because of the lime and mint used in its preparation.

The popularity of the Mojito comes from the Dry Law. During 1920 and 1930 many Americans used to cross the 150 km between Key West and Cuba to drink in a legal environment. According to the story said in Havana, Ernest Hemingway -one of the great writers and drinkers of the history-, used to drink Mojitos in the "Bodeguita del Medio" daily.

See Mojito Recipe


COSMOPOLITAN

Unlike other great cocktails that have a long history behind, Cosmopolitan has become so popular so fast that it even has a nickname for friends: Cosmo. Its origin is uncertain and its creation is attributed to several great bartenders.

In 1996, Madonna was seen taking a Cosmopolitan in the NY Rainbow Room and then the bartender received calls from around the world asking for the recipe. But it was "Sex and the City" heroine that definitely contributed to make it trendy: Is there anyone who doesn’t know that Cosmo is Carrie Bradshaw's favorite drink?

See Cosmopolitan Recipe

Our 7 wonders  of Seville

We introduce you Seville: Our 7 recommendations to enjoy the city’s charms.

Staying in one of the Mercer Sevilla 12 exclusive rooms, our luxury hotel located in a bourgeois palace from the 19th century, being wrapped in its neo-classical architecture and its delicate interior design, or enjoying its outstanding service and innovative gastronomy are good reasons enough to visit Seville. Besides all this, the city offers a wonderful historical and cultural setting that will remain in the visitor's memory. So, there is no excuse for planning a city escape to the Andalusian capital. We introduce you Seville: Our 7 recommendations to enjoy the city’s charms.

Mercer Hotel Sevilla


1. Cathedral

Its construction begins in the 15th century, on the ancient Mosque where the minaret (the famous Giralda, one of the symbols of the city) and the Orange trees courtyard (cloister) are still preserved. This spectacular Gothic construction -declared World Heritage Site- stuns by its size. Among others, its interior holds pieces of art by historical Spanish painters and Columbus mortal remains.

Did you know? Sevilla’s Cathedral is considered one of the largest Christian temples in the world, after San Pedro (Rome) and Saint Paul’s (London).
Our recommendation: Visit the Cathedral’s rooftop and enjoy the panoramic view of the city.



2. Torre del Oro

Located a few meters from the hotel, Torre del Oro (Golden Tower) has an exceptional location on Guadalquivir left riverbank, in front of Calle Betis and next to Real Maestranza. It was built in the 13th century to close the entrance to the Arenal (old river entrance of Seville) through a section of wall that connects this Golden Tower and Silver Tower, as part of the city defensive system. This is considered another of its emblems and protagonist of Seville’s history and legends.

Did you know? Today is the Naval Museum of Seville.
Our recommendation: Looking at the Torre del Oro from Triana or San Telmo Bridges at sunset, or sailing on the Guadalquivir.



3. Royal Alcázar

Located next to the Cathedral, it’s the Europe's oldest Royal Palace in use. Declared World Heritage Site, this spectacular architectural complex is a reference of cultures and artistic styles integration from the 11th century. Patio of the Dolls, Patio del Yeso, Royal Hall or Hall of Ambassadors, among others, are pieces of our history that must be seen.

Did you know? Royal Alcázar gardens were chosen as stage at ‘Game of Thrones’.
Our recommendation: It can’t be understood without visiting the singular beauty of its gardens and its fountains.



4. General Archive of the Indies

After America’s discovery, Sevilla was chosen as an exclusive commercial port with this continent, which meant a trade and wealth increase. The General Archive of the Indies was created in 1785 to centralize all documentation related to the administration of the Spanish colonies. Registered as a World Heritage Site, it’s an exceptional testimony of the Spanish Empire from the Golden Age.

Did you know? It preserves pieces of enormous historical value, such as texts by Colón, Magallanes or Pizarro.
Our recommendation: General Archive is a must for those who love history.
5. Triana District

Triana, one of Seville's most popular neighborhoods, is located on the left Guadalquivir riverbank. In the past, it was the district located outside the city walls. Crossing Triana’s Bridge, which is 10 minutes walking from the hotel, the visitor arrives to this quarter famous for its atmosphere and for its maritime, artisan and artistic tradition. Don’t miss the liveliness of its streets, Carmen Chapel, Triana Market, the remains of Saint George’s Castle, Plaza del Altozano, Paseo de la O, Santa Ana Church, Sailors Chapel, or Calle de la Inquisición.

Did you know? Triana Ceramics Museum exposes the history of the district's pottery tradition.Our recommendation: Strolling along Calle Betis, one of the most famous city streets, to contemplate Guadalquivir river and the views over the Arenal Quarter.



6. Santa Cruz District

Santa Cruz, the old Jewish Quarter of Seville, is a maze of narrow streets, alleys and squares, a legacy of ancient Jewry to prevent the sun from rising and creating fresh air currents. Both day and night, it’s one of the most magical districts in Seville. Get lost in the Patio de Banderas, Callejón de Agua, or Triunfo, Santa Cruz or Los Venerables Squares, and take time to enjoy its bars, terraces, white houses and flowers.

Did you know? From Calle Mateos Gago, you will enjoy one of the best views of La Giralda.
Our recommendation: Relaxing under orange trees, sitting in one of the banks located in beautiful Doña Elvira Square…



7. ‘Plaza España’

This spectacular architectural set with 50,000sqm is nestled in María Luisa’s Park. It was designed in 1929 for the Ibero-American Exhibition by the Sevillian architect Aníbal González. ‘Plaza España’ has many historical references: For example, its semi-elliptical form symbolizes the embrace between the old city and its colonies; Its orientation towards Guadalquivir river indicates the way to America; And its 4 bridges represent the ancient kingdoms of Spain.

Did you know? ‘Plaza España’ has been the scene of well-known films like 'Laurence de Arabia' (1962) or 'Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones' (2002).
Our recommendation: Taking a boat trip through ‘Plaza España’ canals...



These are just some of our brief recommendations to enjoy in Seville. But, in fact, there are 'a huge number of Sevilles'. The city offers to visitors its heritage, its tradition and its art. Contemplating the views from the Metropol Parasol, taking a route through its multiple churches and palaces, taking a carriage ride through María Luisa’s Park or relaxing on the Guadalquivir riverbank, are other reasons to fall in love with the magic of Seville.


Tapas, tapas, tapas…

Concept and origin

Tapas are also known as "cooking in small format". Since its origin, as a simple snack served at bars to accompany the drink, tapas have developed into a way of understanding gastronomy.

The origin of tapas is uncertain. It seems reasonable that the habit of feeding on "small bites" was born during the period of food shortage caused by the Spanish civil war. However, there are various versions that place their origin much earlier in time, even in the Middle Ages or the Spanish Golden Age.

Tapas can vary depending on the different regions and types of bars and restaurants. There are many tapas (some of which have their own names), presentations and varieties: Cold or hot, accompanied or not with bread, tapas and portions (portions are bigger than tapas), to eat standing or sitting at a table.

Gastropub Le Bouchon

In any case, tapas combine the concepts 'food' and 'socialization': “Shared things taste better”. “Going out for tapas” or “having tapas” means sharing not only lunch or dinner, but the company, the conversation and the moment, with friends or family.

Gastrobar Le Bouchon

Le Bouchon is the Mercer Barcelona gastropub, located in the heart of the Gothic Quarter. It’s a quiet and pleasant bistro, which invites you to sit and enjoy in good company, surrounded by tapas and local specialties. Le Bouchon offers a suggestive menu of appetizers, hot and cold dishes and desserts, ideal for getting a bite accompanied by a great selection of wines, cavas and champagnes, which can be ordered by glasses.

Gastropub Le Bouchon

Chef Harry Wieding (Young Chef of the Year in 2013 and winner of 2 ‘Soles Repsol’ -Spanish equivalent to the Michelin Guide-) and his sous-chef Marc Ramos create tapas and typical dishes well known for their flavors.

Gastropub Le Bouchon

Wieding and Ramos pay tribute to all-time classic tapas, such as Russian Salad, croquettes or "Bravas” potatoes. Discover the recipe of one of the most popular tapa at Le Bouchon: "Bravas potatoes". We are revealing secrets of our recipe for you to cook the real "Bravas"!

See the recipe

Great defenders of traditional cuisine, the chefs propose different stews such as meatballs casserole, mellow prawn rice or creamy mushrooms with foie.

Tapas at Gastropub Le Bouchon

Another characteristic of their kitchen is the care with which they cook the product, either vegetables (such as fried peppers), fish (such as grilled octopus with potato) or meat (such as grilled aged beef with peppers and burrata or the Chef’s style aged beef burger).

Tapas at gastropub Le Bouchon

And the desserts are an extension of this philosophy: Traditional local desserts, elaborated with delicacy and with a lot of flavor, like chocolate truffles.

Dessert at gastropub Le Bouchon

FANCY SOME TAPAS?


Le Bouchon Menu


Le Bouchon

Calle dels Lledó 7. Barcelona

Tel. +34 93 310 74 80

Monday to Sunday, 12.30 - 23.00 hrs.

Enjoy

The popular “Feria de Abril” is the traditional and spectacular festival with which Seville celebrates the arrival of spring. This year, it takes place from April 30th to May 7th.

ORIGIN

“Feria de Abril” dates back to 1846, when an agricultural fair used to be held, with great commercial and public acceptance. Over the years, this cattle sale trade show develops into a popular celebration.


WHEN & WHERE

“Feria de Abril” starts on the night of “pescaíto” (on Saturday 29th April), the dinner composed of fried fish takes place before the "alumbrao”, the colorful lighting at 12 o'clock in the evening of the 350,000 light bulbs that illuminate the main entrance or “portada” (that this year it’s dedicated to the Universal Exhibition of Seville “Expo’92” XXV anniversary) and the streets of the fairground. “Feria de Abril” ends 7 days later with the lights off at midnight and a fireworks show.

Fairground is located in Los Remedios neighborhood -near the Guadalquivir- and has 3 areas: The “Real de la Feria”, the “Calle del Infierno” (fairground area) and the parking area. It’s a real ephemeral city of 1,000,000sqm, whose construction begins every January the 1st.


“EL REAL”

“El Real” is the space destined to the traditional huts and the avenue for horses and carriages walks. More than 1,000 huts are distributed in 25 blocks and 15 streets, all with important bullfighters names. “El Real” gets its name from the old coin that coachmen used to collect in old times to carry people to the Feria.

By the day, you can enjoy horse and carriage rides which constitute one of the “Feria de Abril” most beautiful spectacles, with around 1,400 carriages, most of which are real jewels.

When the sun goes down, thousands of lanterns illuminate “El Real”. At night, in each booth similar scenes are repeated: Sevillians get together to share, relate and have fun -food, drink, songs and dance until sunrise-, turning the booths into an extension of their own house, for a few days.

Bullfighting is another “Feria de Abril” fundamental tradition. Not surprisingly, the “Real Maestranza” is one of the main bullrings in the world and Seville a city of great bullfighting tradition.


PARTY

Family, friends, guests, typical food (fried fish, tapas, fritters) and drink (fino, manzanilla and rebujito), local music and dance (guitars, castanets, sevillanas), flamenco dresses, polka dots, combs, flowers, Manila shawls, bulls, horses, carriages, and much more!

A week in which Sevillians demonstrate their art of living and dazzle, like no one, to all visitors!

Interviewing Harry Wieding, Executive Chef at Mercer Barcelona

Due to the recent launch of the new Mercer Restaurant’s Spring Menu, we interview Chef Harry Wieding.


For almost a year, the kitchen of Hotel Mercer Barcelona is being lead by Chef Harry Wieding. Creating and cooking for Mercer Restaurant (haute cuisine) and Le Bouchon (tapas gastrobar).

Awarded as “Young Chef of the Year” in 2013 by the “Catalan Academy of Gastronomy”, and recognized with two “Soles Repsol” by the eponymous guide (the Spanish equivalent of the Guide Michelin), chef Wieding is first and foremost a cook. He is vital, close and extroverted, and also a perfectionist professional. Defender of traditional Catalan gastronomy, he likes to research to transform "humble" ingredients into delicate dishes, such as his classic grilled mussels. And he does it with honesty.

Mercer Restaurant

Q: Food lovers have a new appointment in Barcelona. You have just released your new spring menu at Mercer's gastronomic restaurant. Explain to us what does this new menu consist of...

A: Basically we have renewed the Mercer tasting menu and the seasonal dishes of the menu as well as the desserts. My philosophy is to cook with seasonal ingredients. The products I work with are all fresh. So for me it’s important to adapt dishes to the seasons of the year.

Chef Harry Wieding

Q: You were born in Germany but raised in Catalonia. Your family moved to Blanes (Girona, Spain) when you were 5 years old. Tell us a little about your career...

A: I started to be interested in cooking at age of 12, when my mother opened a restaurant. I’m a self-taught person and I have learned from the "best teachers": My mother and my grandmother. And throughout my career, I have learned from great chefs with whom I have had the privilege of working. I have great respect for all of them.

Q: How do you define your cuisine?

A: My proposal is based, above all, on the respect for the product and its producers. I firmly believe in local and seasonal product. I have been working with trusted suppliers for years. I’m lucky enough to work with premium quality products. For example, in the new spring menu there are red shrimps from our coast, sea cucumbers, red mullets, green peas from Maresme or asparagus from Gavá…

Mercer Restaurant

Q: So, less is more?

A: Yes, yes, principally! My repertoire runs away from artifice. I like grilled and smoked dishes. If we have, for example, a good aged ribeye, let’s cook it on the grill, so the customer will enjoy it to the fullest!

Q: How is your relationship with customers?

A: I use to say that we treat everyone equally well, whether they are our neighbors or important personalities from any sphere. For us, each guest is important. That’s also why we renew the menu, like that customers who follow us and repeat, can try new dishes, new ideas.

Q: Where do you find inspiration?

A: Food markets are a source of inspiration. Cooking books, restaurants...


Q: An ingredient that can’t miss in your kitchen...

A: Oil and garlic are basic for me. And then, every season has its star products.

Q: And a gastronomic memory...

A: The smell of boiled potatoes in Germany. The sea and woods from here: I feel very rooted to the Catalan culture.

Q: Where do you like to eat?

A: I use to go to "El Molí de Blanes", because they have a spectacular green salad!

Q: Meat or fish?

A: Whatever, while it’s fresh! And I love the "sea and mountain" dishes, which are a classic of our gastronomy.

Mercer Restaurant

Mercer Restaurant

Calle dels Lledó, 7

08002 Barcelona (Spain)

Tel: +34 93 310 74 80


restaurante@mercerbarcelona.com


NEW SPRING MENU

María Luisa, the new gastronomic restaurant of Mercer Sevilla hotel

The new María Luisa restaurant offers a personal tour by some of the classic Andalusian dishes.


THE GASTRONOMY AT MERCER HOTELES

One of the essential pillars of Mercer Hoteles philosophy is the attention to its gastronomic offer. Proof of this is that, since its opening, the Mercer Hotel Barcelona has an exclusive restaurant that has become a reference of the Catalan cuisine. With this same goal, just a few weeks ago, Hotel Mercer Sevilla has opened its new María Luisa restaurant, with an innovative offer of southern cuisine.

THE NAME

The name of the María Luisa restaurant refers to the largest park in Seville, donated to the city by Infanta Maria Luisa de Borbon, Duchess of Montpensier, in 1893.

THE CHEF

Rafael Liñán, the young Sevillian chef -who has been chef’s Rafa Zafra right hand at “Heart Ibiza” and who has also participated in the opening of “ESTIMAR” restaurant in Barcelona- is in charge of the kitchen. Based on top quality local products, the menu presents a series of traditional recipes, under the chef’s personal vision. The result is a contemporary proposal, inspired by tradition.

María Luisa restaurant

THE CULINARY EXPERIENCE

María Luisa offers a complete culinary experience which begins with a tasting of appetizers at the hotel's spectacular patio. It continues in the dining room, where guests can order à la carte, based on a versatile multi-course dining concept, that allows you to choose from 2 up to 6 dishes. Finally, desserts are served at the FIZZ Bar, where dinner guests can culminate this ‘senses tour’, with one of the cocktails created by the famous Argentine bartender Diego Cabrera, in the elegant setting of Mercer Sevilla hotel.

Mercer Sevilla hotel

THE MENU

The menu starts with a selection of appetizers based on classic dishes of the popular Andalusian gastronomy such as “rebujito”, fried little fish, Iberian ham, seasoned potatoes, “salmorejo” or “mollete de pringá”. The proposal of starters has also an Andalusian flavor, such as tomatoes from Los Palacios, small langoustines from Huelva, or red shrimp from Motril.

María Luisa restaurant

Between the main courses stand out for example Rota style sea bream, lobster with spicy marinara sauce, Iberian pork in several techniques or Al-Ándalus style lamb.

María Luisa restaurant

And among the desserts, all artisans, María Luisa offers a homemade “torrija” with honey bubbles and mango or the “poleá” with foam and fried bread. In addition, the dishes of the menu are complemented by a careful and current wine selection.

María Luisa restaurant

THE INTERIOR DESIGN

The restaurant has been conceived as if it was a small ‘chocolate box’. This intimate space -with capacity for 18 people- has an exclusive interior design, led by a majestic buffet counter of marble and Marotte wood designed by Mercer's interior design team, tables by Gubi, chairs by Knoll, lamps by Viabizzuno and elegant wallpapers by Arte that would dress up any room at its own. In addition to the decoration, the service has also been conceived to the smallest detail: Everything prepared for the customer to live a singular experience.


María Luisa Menu

CONTACT

Castelar, 26. 41001 Sevilla (Spain)

Tel. +34 954 22 30 04

restaurante@mercersevilla.com

Timetable: Wednesday to Sunday, from 7.30pm to 11pm

The Mercer gourmet breakfasts

Indulge yourself or treat someone else, with a gourmet breakfast in the exclusive environment of our luxury hotels.

There are several kinds of breakfast: American, English, continental, buffet, vegetarian, romantic... and even “at Tiffany's” like Audrey Hepburn!

In any case, experts agree that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, to face it with the right energy. They say that a good breakfast should include fruits, cereals and protein. Experts also recommend keeping ourselves well hydrated -with water and juice- and be seated to spend a relaxing moment. So, having a good breakfast not only helps us to take care of ourselves, but also to be in a better mood to start the day.

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At Mercer Hoteles we are aware of this, reason why we offer to our guests our gourmet breakfast, to make the start of their journey more pleasant.

Our guests can take delight in our buffet with complete homemade elaborations, as well as an assortment of à la carte dishes, with top quality products prepared à la minute.

Guests can decide between our continental breakfast, Mercer breakfast or design their own breakfast à la carte à la carte, with a variety of breads and pastries, fruits, cereals and yogurts, cheeses and cold meats, sandwiches and bagels, eggs of their choice, coffees, teas and infusions, as well as waters, soft drinks, fresh juices, wines, cavas and champagnes.

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Another remarkable characteristic of Mercer breakfast is the breathtaking pastry selection. Every morning our pastry chefs give a sweet and tempting touch to our breakfast, so our guests can pamper themselves with delicious little treasures like cakes, tartlets, muffins...

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Finally, we are glad to share our recipe of Mercer's classic "Marble Cake". Regardless you are an expert or a beginner at the kitchen, we encourage you to elaborate and enjoy this tasty cake.

Download the Mercer's Marble Cake recipe

Bon appétit!

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