Plat Únic, an innovative idea in BCN
Yurbban Trafalgar Hotel
As a general rule the shorter the menu in a gastronomic restaurant the more confidence it inspires, this idea is brought to its logical conclusion with Plat Únic situated on the ground floor of the beautiful hotel Yurbban Trafalgar on the border between the Born and the Eixample Derecha neighbourhood of Barcelona. Serving a single choice of main course changed on an ongoing regular basis, the offering is inspired by the inns or taverns of old where travellers would receive a warm welcome and be served a hearty meal no matter the hour while taking a break from their travels.
That concept is also reflected by the fact that the kitchen serves continuously from 1 p.m. through till 10.30 p.m., Monday through Friday with a main meal (the current dish is costillar de vaca rubia gallega acompañado de verduras; Parmentier de patata, ensalada de espinacas y jengibre, entre diferentes propuestas que van variando según mercado), and a desert (strawberries with chantilly cream).
The wine selection is also inspired by the idea of the traditional taverns, served from taps arranged in a wall adjacent to the dining area, diners can fill the carafe or glasses as they like. The choices (white, red and rosé) are mostly from the Terra Alta D.O., reflecting its unique climate and wine culture.
Plat Únic is not suitable for vegans or vegetarians as the emphasis is on meat dishes and although there is only one main course option the accompanying salads, vegetables, sauces and home-made breads are varied with healthy and abundant choices. Chef Ronan Gallagher although young has trained and worked in some of Barcelona’s premier restaurants, at Plat Únic he has perfected his craft.
Another detail that underlines the inspiration and compliments the light filled dining area is the beautiful glass and crockery ware, an extra touch together with the linen napkins and table cloths that makes reference to the classical table ware of years gone bye but also lends a sense of contemporary luxury.
… there is a kind of family cooking that nowadays in fact is beginning to disappear slowly but surely. It was very good; at least it seemed to be for we who were raised on it. Today you can still eat well in some homes, perhaps not so many as before: years ago everyone ate well no matter how rich or poor they were.”
Josep Pla, extract from his book El que hem menjat (What we used to eat).
- Plat Únic
- C/ Trafalgar, 30
- 08010 Barcelona
- Telf: 932 68 07 27
- Photos: Beatriz Janer