Gastronomic passion in Esparreguera
Lâl, the Turkish word for claret, the colour of red wine, is an Eastern Mediterranean bistrôt style restaurant belonging to Israeli chef Shai Dublero. Its suburban location in Esparreguera at the foot of the Montserrat mountains, just a few kilometres outside the city, makes it an option for hikers or anyone who wants to get out for town for a few hours.
Shai, whose mother is Israeli of Iraqi origin and father is Romanian, grew up in his grandmother’s kitchen setting, where he learned to prepare the strong delicacies of his family’s shop in Kfarsav, near Tel Aviv. Though he spent three years in the military and two years studying Economics, it became clear that Shai’s passion was with engineering fine cuisines in the kitchen, especially after training at the Paul Bocuse restaurant in Paris, which has three Michelin stars and at the Cipriani, a classic Italian-style restaurant in the heart of London. Together with his partner Maria Boladeras, a well-known fashion designer, Shai brought their dream to life when they opened Lâl in the Catalan town just outside Barcelona. While the restaurant occupies the ground floor with a dining area in their garden courtyard, in a style which they define as Eclectic Architecture, the couple lives upstairs.
Dublero describes his cooking at Lâl as Mediterranean with French influences. The restaurant’s menu includes an organic selection of seasonal Km0 produce that features dishes like the as the homemade Gnocchi with ceps (local mushrooms), chestnuts and fresh black truffle, Free-range Duck Confit and sweet potatoes with 5 spice sauce, or Kanafeh, the famous Palestinian dessert served with the Montserrat mató and citrus syrup, figs or raspberries, pine nuts or pistachios. Lâl offers diners an alternative take on traditional Eastern Mediterranean cuisine that’s well worth making a trip outside Barcelona. Customers can use public transportation with the Hispano Igualadina bsu services, so there’s no excuse.
- Carrer Cavallers, 17-19,
- 08292 Esparreguera,
- Telf. 937 08 02 41