Flavour, nutrition and patrimony
One of the best things about living in Barcelona is the possibility of regularly finding new gastronomic discoveries, places that don’t just simply serve great food but have a fascinating story behind them that goes beyond the food. Iradier is such a place. Accommodated within a 19th Century Mansion situated in the Sarrià / Sant Gervasi neighbourhood (close to the Science Museum) once occupied by the Quadras family. The Iradier restaurant is located within the vestibule and ground floor of the exclusive Metropolitan club which is an upmarket nationwide chain of health clubs and gymnasia, the restaurant is open to the general public there is no requirement to be a club member. Iradier takes its name from the exclusively women only health club that operated here for many years. The 10,000 sq.m. complex still dedicates 3,000 sq.m. to a women only facility but has now opened to the general public.
The building and the entire precinct represents an eclectic collection of additions and extensions, the original house has been more or less respected together with an of-its-time refurbishment carried out during the 1970s which has also left its mark. The rear of the property takes advantage of the change in level across the site to accommodate a large semi-basement gymnasium under the garden terrace of the original house. The Barcelona based Sandra Tarruella studio carried out the interior design of the restaurant which must also function as the entrance vestibule to the club. Occupying practically the entire ground floor of the existing building the open plan layout makes the very most of the scale and elegance of the original. New insertions such as the juice bar take their cue from the existing found space with its imposing marble columns, painted frieze and hidden sliding doors. The décor is neutral, the seating includes shared tables, individual tables and banquette seating around the magnificent bay window in the salon. The lighting scheme and choice of furniture also features quality materials, silestone countertops, timber crafted armchairs and marble topped tables, adjustable metal wall lamps etc.. Understated is the key concept here, the true protagonists of this space are the natural light which is plentiful and original features which are extraordinary.
The lounge at Iradier, designed by Sandra Tarruella Interior Designers
Iradier is such a place. Accommodated within a 19th Century Mansion situated in the Sarrià / Sant Gervasi neighbourhood (close to the Science Museum) once occupied by the Quadras family.
Iradier’s culinary philosophy takes its cue from the nature of its surroundings, the emphasis is on healthy food with a gastronomic offering based on the various cultures that surround the Mediterranean. The owners have carried out a lengthy and comprehensive research into the optimum diet both in terms of nutrition and taste which has brought them around the world. At Iradier specifically the culinary proposals have been inspired by London based chef Yotam Ottolenghi who through his cookbooks and TV programmes has brought the middle-east traditional dishes of the Mediterranean to a whole new audience.
The juice bar, healthy options for starting the day
The offering here is organised according to the time of day, there is a juice bar serving specially designed combinations of fruit and vegetable extracts, and a lunch and evening menu which has been specifically devised by chef Laura Veraguas in order to provide a nutritionally balanced and healthy diet. The selection of wines includes a number of organic and biodynamic varieties.
The décor is neutral, the seating includes shared tables, individual tables and banquette seating around the magnificent bay window in the salon.
Duck 'Magret' with cauliflower purree, photo; Beatriz Janer
Marinated salmon served with beetroot and dill with wasabi mayonaise, photo; Beatriz Janer
Beetroot soup, photo; Beatriz Janer
Iradier is accommodated within a 19th C mansion
- Restaurante Iradier
- C. Escoles Pies. 105
- 08017 Barcelona
- T. +34 93 254 0055+34 93 254 0055
- Open all day everday of the week, diner on Wednesday, Thursdays and Fridays