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Mamen Bonet, Pastry Chef at the Mercer Barcelona

We interview Mamen Bonet, Pastry Chef at the Mercer Hotel Barcelona who creates the treats that surprise our guests every morning...


Bringing together the tangible with the intangible to transform the stay of each guest into an unforgettable experience: This is the philosophy of Mercer Hoteles. In this sense, the Mercer Barcelona pays special attention to the breakfast service where every detail is taken care of to make each morning a gift for the senses.

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Breakfast is served daily from 7.30-11.00am in the unique setting of the Mercer Restaurant, with part of the original Roman wall of the ancient Barcino city as a backdrop. In spring and summer seasons, guests can also enjoy breakfast at the Orange Tree Courtyard, an oasis of absolute tranquility in the heart of the Gothic Quarter.

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Mamen Bonet (Barcelona, 1985), Pastry Chef at Mercer Barcelona, is in charge of the 5-star hotel gourmet breakfasts. Since she joined the Mercer's kitchen, this young baker has added a series of delicious novelties to the breakfast buffet: An assortment of small pieces of art -both sweet and savory- freshly made every morning to make guests fall in love. Mamen is a discreet professional who prefers her creations to speak for herself. Her key principle is "work, work and humility". We chatted with her to discover the sweetest details of Mercer Barcelona.


Why did you decide to work in pastry?

Actually, it was like “to let myself flow". When I was studying Fine Arts, I realized that I wanted to be a cook, so I studied Hospitality and Pastry at the Hofmann School in Barcelona where I lay the foundations of everything I currently know.

Mamen, tell us a bit about your trajectory until you reached Mercer Hoteles...

While I was still, studying at Hofmann School, I did two stages: At Mugaritz and Celler de Can Roca. After that, when I finished my studies, I went to Akelarre again as a stagier. At this point I realized that I wanted to specialize in pastry... First I did an internship in the Dolç Pastry from Yann Duytsche and from there I went to work in several bakeries like Melissa (Athens), Pomme Sucre (Gijón), Moulin Chocolat (Madrid) or Baluard (Barcelona).

How would you describe your profession?

It is often said that pastry is the sweet and measured version of cooking. For me it’s also "a bottomless pit" of tests, knowledge and amusement. Actually, it’s magical to be able to make clients happy or surprise them through your work and the pastry is often associated with happy moments...

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What are your creations at the Mercer Barcelona based on?

I’m basically inspired by the classic pastry cookbook, as well as recipes from my previous experiences that seems delicious to me and from creations of other pastry chefs who share their work in books or social media. And I also like to investigate on my own and try new ideas.

What attributes should have a good pastry chef?

A good pastry chef must have the same characteristics as a good cook: He/she must be disciplined, orderly, responsible and a good colleague. In addition to this, I think it's important to be curious and to learn a bit more each day.

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What do you like most about your job?

I love working with doughs and chocolate (of course!), making fruit tartlets and petit fours. All my elaborations are handmade as pralines, chocolates, brioches... I like to have time to fuss over everything I do. I try to pay attention to details so that guests have a good memory of sweet moments at the hotel. 

What are your favorite ingredients?

I love working with good raw materials. I really enjoy working with chocolate (I also love to eat it!) and all its utilities or subtleties. I am also a fruit lover (such as raspberries, pineapple or apricot) and nuts (especially hazelnut and pistachio).

What do you think a good dessert should contain?

Balance and sobriety, especially in sugars, fats and jellies use.

What is the essential utensil in your work?

In pastry there are many indispensable utensils, but I think that brain, hands and a good oven are primary...

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A cake...

I like the coulant and a good strawberry cake!

Recommend us a patisserie...

The bakery where I learned: Hofmann!

Cod fritters by Le Bouchon, enjoy our homemade recipe

Discover the cod fritters recipe by Le Bouchon, the Mercer Hotel Barcelona gastrobar specialized in tapas and local dishes.


Located on a quiet street in the historical Barcelona Gothic Quarter, Le Bouchon is the gastrobar of Hotel Mercer, nestled in part of the old Barcino Roman wall: A unique location right in the heart of Barcelona.

Le Bouchon

It’s a local restaurant opened not only to hotel guests but also to any visitor wishing to spend a nice gastronomic time: Whether enjoying an appetizer or an informal lunch or sharing a diner with a nice bottle of wine.

Le Bouchon

The menu offers some canned appetizers from La Cala Albert Adrià, cold meats and cheeses, as well as a variety of homemade dishes, perfect to accompany by a glass of wine from some of the main national appellations.

Le Bouchon

“Bravas” spicy potatoes, croquettes, crunchy chicken nuggets, Andalusian style squid, fried peppers from Padrón, cod omelet, eggs with Iberian ham or meatballs with cuttlefish, among other typical dishes, can be enjoyed in an informal and relaxed atmosphere.

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Among Le Bouchon tapas and dishes, today we introduce the delicious cod fritters with roasted garlic dressing (“allioli”): Made with wild cod from Iceland ('Gadus Morhua' from Perelló 1898), they are crispy on the outside, spongy on the inside and served with a special sauce. 

We share our recipe to encourage you to make them at home!

SEE RECIPE


Gastrobar Le Bouchon
Monday to Sunday, 12.30 - 16.00h and 18.30 - 23.00h
Calle dels Lledó, 7
08002 Barcelona (Spain) 
Tel. +34 93 310 74 80

Mercer Hoteles Guest Relations Team

We interview the Guest Relations Managers regarding the customer service at Mercer Hoteles

MERCER PHILOSOPHY

Location, architecture, design, gastronomy and above all, the excellence of a service exclusively focused on exceeding our guest highest expectations. Mercer Hoteles takes care of the smallest detail to turn each guest stay into a memorable experience: A way of understanding customer service by which Mercer Barcelona and Mercer Sevilla have become a luxury hospitality reference in both cities.

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GUEST RELATIONS, GENUINE DESIRE TO SERVE OUR CUSTOMERS

Joan Manel Salamanca and Javier García are Head Concierges of Mercer Barcelona and Mercer Sevilla respectively. Both are professionals with large experience as Guest Relations and “Les Clefs d'Or” members (International Association of Hospitality Concierges). 


What does the Mercer Service consists of?

JOAN MANEL (JM): The Guest Relations department manages any requirements (legal and reasonable) that the guest has before, during and / or after their stay at the Mercer. This global and expert service is one of the main Mercer philosophy pillars. We give a close, professional and trustworthy service for guests to enjoy a relaxed and memorable stay. 

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Do we find the same level of service in all Mercer 5*GL hotels?

JAVIER (JG): Of course! Both at Mercer Barcelona and at Mercer Sevilla, guests will find the same service standards. Being boutique hotels with few rooms, we have the opportunity to provide a completely personalized service. Not only Guest Relations but all departments are focused on offering excellence.


How does the Guest Relations Department work?

JG: We contact the clients before their arrival because many times they need prior attention, as a private car, a restaurant reservation or tickets to a monument or show in the city. On the first day of the stay, we introduce ourselves personally for whatever they may need. And after the departure, we keep in touch with many guests...

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What do you do to keep up to date with the city latest news? 

JG: We love our city and we are interested in everything that happens there. And obviously, we have our information sources got over the years (friends, colleagues or contacts).

JM: I agree with Javier. We try to have a wide network of professional contacts, plus the information we get from press, blogs, Social Media and “Les Clefs d’Or” Association.


Tell us about a special moment or a curious story...

JM: An important achievement is that guests remember us. For example, last Christmas I received a postcard from guests from USA who remembered us even several months after their stay... and invited me to visit them. This is a very special detail!

JG: From my side, during the last “Feria de Abril” (April Fair), I met by chance a couple who where staying at the hotel (a little disoriented) and took them to my private stand, to eat ham, drink wine and even dance some “sevillanas”.


What is it like working with guests at a 5*GL boutique hotel?

JG: The Mercer Hoteles team reason to be is the client total satisfaction. In this sense, our main goal goes beyond fulfilling their demands. Our purpose is to exceed their expectations, surprise them, make them “fall in love” or make them feel at home, perceiving they have a "friend" or "allied" in the city, willing to support them during their visit. And all this, with a professional, unpretentious, sincere and discreet service.

JM: I think that guests who decide to stay at a boutique hotel are clients who expect a direct, calm and personal treatment from the hotel team. 

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What is the best thing about dealing with guests?

JG: Dealing with guests is a task as demanding as rewarding. We love to see that guests are happy when they leave the hotel, because they enjoyed their visit. It’s also nice to read guests reviews on TripAdvisor, of course, customers who appreciate our work and recommend us to their friends and family. 

JM: Exactly, a customer who becomes a prescriber of our brand is a great reward. The best feeling is to check how some guests return to the hotel year after year. 


What do you like the most about your job?

JM: I like to share my city and make other people see it "through my eyes", by creating wonderful experiences.

JG: Definitely what I appreciate the most is the human touch and the multiculturalism.


OUR GUESTS REVIEWS ON TRIP ADVISOR
The best thing about the hotel? The incredible staff! [USA]
The only thing that could compete with the building is the staff: they were without exception first class in their attentiveness and helpfulness. [United Arab Emirates]
Even before our arrival at the Mercer we were contacted by Guest Relations with a request to personalize our stay. That was only the beginning of the incredible service we received at the Mercer. We've stayed at many five star hotels and his service is by far the best ever. [USA]
Some of the most accommodating, professional and service oriented personnel we've ever enjoyed! [USA]
Of all the boutique hotels we have stayed at many locations around the world, the Mercer is a standout high achiever. This reflects the professionalism and warmth that all the staff provided throughout our stay. The Mercer is a leader in luxury boutique hotels. [Australia]
Perhaps the best feature of all is the incredible staff. We could not have felt more welcomed and really missed some of their faces when we returned home. [USA]
Service and staff attitude is close to perfection: They give you the feel of the comfort of home but at the same time show the professionalism of a house of this category. [China]
Everything about this hotel was excellent except the staff which was superb. [Canada]
The staff is some of the best in the hospitality industry. [USA]
Don’t miss the secrets of El Born, Barcelona’s most trendy neighborhood...

El Born district -one of the Barcelona’s most cosmopolitan areas- is less than 5 minutes walking distance from the Mercer Barcelona. Monuments, palaces, museums, galleries, restaurants, terraces, shops, fashion and design: We find out some of its secrets.

Originally, this was a sailor and craftsman neighborhood of humble families settled outside the Barcelona’s wall. From the 13th century, aristocrats and merchants -enriched by maritime trade- settled their residences in beautiful palaces. The neighborhood became the city economic center until the 15th century. The 'Santa María del Mar' basilica construction (14th century) consolidates the Born identity.


THE 10 SECRETS OF THE BORN DISTRICT


1. Catalan Music Palace

Built for the 'Catalan choral group' by the architect Domènech i Montaner (1905) and defrayed by popular subscription, the 'Palau' became part of Barcelona's symbolic heritage and the city’s cultural and social life setting. Declared World Heritage (UNESCO), this impressive modernist building and its excellent acoustics are a reference in the international artistic scene.


2. Picasso Museum

More than 4,200 works form the most complete collection in the world of Picasso's youth works. Inaugurated in 1963, the museum reveals the artist's link with Barcelona. Works are shown in chronological order, along 5 palaces of Catalan civil gothic style (13th and 14th centuries): Exceptional content and continent for one of the most important museums in the city.



3. Santa Maria del Mar 

Built in only 55 years (14th century), it’s the only church in pure Catalan Gothic style. Known as the 'Cathedral of the people', the history of this Basilica is linked to the Born neighbors, who contributed to the construction of their basilica, with their own money and mostly with their work. For example, in their free time, dock unloaders ('bastaixos') used to load stones destined to the church from the 'Montjuïc' quarry, one by one. In fact, a tribute to this 'bastaixos' can be observed in the church main door.

Curiosity: The story of this wonderful basilica and the neighborhood was immortalized in the novel 'The Cathedral of the Sea' written by Ildefonso Falcones, whose book we recommend you to read.



4. Paseo del Born

Delimited by the old Born market (now the Born Cultural Center) and 'Santa Maria del Mar' Basilica, the promenade has 14th-century buildings, trendy terraces and bars, designer shops and a lively atmosphere. In medieval times it was tournaments and jousting of knights (which give the neighborhood its name), celebrations and fairs.



5. El Born Culture and Memory Center

This cultural space is integrated into the Born old market building (1876). Its exterior structure is an example of the iron architecture. Its interior houses an imposing archaeological site excellently preserved: A testimony of neighborhood life and city history, from Roman times to the early 18th century. Exhibitions and cultural activities take part in the offer of this singular center.



6. France Station

Inaugurated by King Alfonso XIII on the occasion of the International Exhibition (1929), this modern station needed to live up to the expectations of the first line that would connect Barcelona with France. The elegant lobby and the metallic structure of the routes (one of the main exponents of the modernist iron architecture in Barcelona) stand out.

Curiosity: This station has often been compared with the Parisian 'Gare d'Orsay'.



7. Citadel Park

At the end of the 19th century, due to the industrial development, the city demanded a large green space for public use. Built on the Citadel old fortress terrain, the park was inaugurated a few years before hosting the Universal Exposition (1888). Currently, in addition to its biodiversity, the Park stands out for its sculptures, waterfall, band-stand and buildings such as the old Citadel Arsenal (nowadays the Catalan Parliament headquarters), the Geology and Zoology museums, the Greenhouse and the Barcelona zoo.


8. Triumphal Arch

Built at the main entrance of the Universal Exhibition of 1888 (Citadel Park), this monument of 30 meters high and classical proportions symbolizes the respect of the city towards the nations participating in the Exhibition. The Triumphal Arch represents the gateway to Barcelona’s progress in the late 19th century.



9. 'Santa Caterina' Market

Built on the grounds of 'Santa Caterina' old convent, it was the first covered market in Barcelona (1848). In 2004 the market is refurbished by Miralles and Tagliablue architects. The current market stands out for its undulating roof and its mosaic inspired by Gaudí.

Curiosity: During the works, old convent archaeological remains appeared in the market subsoil.


10. And our Concierges advices!

Joan Manel Salamanca and Xavier Sanchís, Concierges of Mercer Barcelona and 'Les Clefs d'Or' members, are a city great connoisseurs. They reveal some of their favorite places in the Born distric:

“If you travel with children, we recommend you to visit the Chocolate Museum (Calle Comerç 36). If you want to relax, we suggest you to book a water circuit and a massage at 'Aire Barcelona' (Paseo Picasso 22). And if you fancy a real Barcelona aperitif, you should go to 'El Xampanyet' (Calle Montcada 22). But in any case, this historic district can be enjoyed simply by walking and discovering the medieval guilds of the street names. We especially like the 'Plaza de las Ollas' [Pots Square] where ancient kitchen utensils artisans were settled.”
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A walk through La Rambla

Located just 8 minutes walking from Mercer Barcelona, La Rambla runs 1.2km: A pleasant tour from Plaça Catalunya to the sea. More than 78 million people a year stroll along the most famous street in the city.


"The street where the four seasons of the year live together, the only street on earth that I wish it would never end". [Federico García Lorca, Spanish poet]


HISTORY OF LA RAMBLA

The demolition of Barcelona walls which surrounded the city began in the 18th century. La Rambla (which for centuries was just a torrent of water to supply the city) is urbanized and transformed into a promenade in which the Catalan bourgeoisie built up beautiful palaces as their main residences. The locals turn La Rambla into the new main city axis, in which one could rent a chair and contemplate the spectacle of life.


POINTS OF INTEREST: LA RAMBLA FROM NORTH TO SOUTH

CANALETES FOUNTAIN

'Canaletes' refers to the waterway which supplied water to the city (15th century). The current fountain was created for the occasion of the Universal Exhibition (1888). According to the legend, whoever drinks water from this fountain is destined to return to Barcelona. Another peculiarity is that F.C. Barcelona supporters celebrate Barça’s victories around this fountain.

MOJA PALACE

This neoclassical style manor house was built in 1774 by the Marquis of Moja, where one of the entrance doors of medieval Barcelona used to be located. Declared Heritage of Cultural Interest, nowadays it’s the Catalan Heritage House.


PORTAFERRISSA

A public fountain of drinking water to supply the city was placed in one of the access doors to the fortified city (the 'Porta Ferriça' or Iron Gate) and it became very popular among the neighbors. Today, both the fountain and the street keep the name of the old door that was decorated with iron bars (unit of measure of the time). Nowadays on the ceramic tiles of the current fountain scenes from the everyday life of that time can still be seen.


LA BOQUERIA MARKET

From the 13rd century, merchants installed their stands in this location of La Rambla (they did it outside the walls to skip the goods entry tax to the city). The market opens in the 19th century on the emplacement of an old convent ('Sant Josep' or Saint Joseph). Nowadays it’s the largest local market in Catalonia with more than 200 merchants and one of the most emblematic points of the city.


BRUNO CUADROS HOUSE

Inspired by the modernist style that was beginning to be fashionable at that time, the architect Josep Vilaseca refurbished this building and the Bruno Cuadros umbrella store located on the ground floor in 1883. Also known as 'Umbrellas house' it brings an oriental touch to the eclectic Ramblas.


JOAN MIRÓ MOSAIC

Miró’s pavement was inaugurated in 1976 at 'La Boquería' Square on the Rambla. One of the main international abstract surrealism representatives, Joan Miró designed the mosaic as a greeting to travelers arriving by sea. The work has no protection and Rambla visitors walk daily on its pavement, expressly indicated by the artist.



LICEU THEATRE

The 'Liceu' is one of the most important opera houses in the world. Since 1847 it has been the stage of the most prestigious works. It has also been the meeting place of the Catalan upper class (in the lower floors of the theater), while the less opulent classes shared their opera passion on the upper floors. After its fire in 1994, it was rebuilt by incorporating notable technological improvements which made it one of the most modern theaters in the world.



'PLAÇA REIAL'

A year after the beginning of the “Liceu” construction, the Royal Square urbanization starts where the old Capuchins Convent used to be located. Important families of the time chose this square as their new residence. Currently, it has a more bohemian and crowded atmosphere.

GÜELL PALACE

Eusebi Güell (an important industrialist, politician and patron from Barcelona) orders Antoni Gaudí the construction of his new family residence (1886). The result is a unique mansion adapted to the private and social needs of the Güell family. The modernist palace was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.



COLUMBUS MONUMENT

Located at the confluence of La Rambla and the “Port Vell” (Old Harbor), Columbus Monument was built for the occasion of the Universal Exhibition (1888). It measures 57m high and an interior lift allows you to go to its viewpoint. Columbus's finger points out to the sea (initially it was said that it pointed out to America, which is located in the opposite direction).



Other points of interest in La Rambla, near the Mercer Hotel Barcelona: Virreina Image Center, Wax Museum, “Bosc de les Fades” (Fairy Forest Café), Santa Mònica Art Gallery, Maritime Museum and Aquarium.

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.

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.

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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.

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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!

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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

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.

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.

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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…

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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

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.

Mercer Hotel Barcelona

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...

Mercer Hotel Barcelona

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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