Sergi Arola, head chef at the critically acclaimed La Broche in Madrid, last week launched a new catering division from his self-named restaurant Arola, at the Hotel Arts, Barcelona.
Arola's latest restaurant venture goes back to basics by rejuvenating the Catalan tradition for pica-pica (small snacks to share among friends) with modern twists on established traditions. The new catering arm is its mirror image, meaning that Barcelona residents can now get the full Arola experience without leaving home.
Five distinct menus are on offer, from new-wave finger food such as roast chanterelle mushrooms and smoked sardines for cocktail parties, to a more formal several-course tasting menu showcasing the year's best dishes from the restaurant. As well as the food and drinks, the service also provides waiters, tableware, flowers, and even the music.
"I wanted to do something relevant to the people of Barcelona," said Arola. "Something fun and informal that reflects the spirit of the restaurant. I thought it was the best business card I could leave."
A basic 10-course tapas menu costs €85 (£59) per head, while the full tasting menu costs up to €160 (£110) per head before tax. Both include dessert, petits fours, a bottle of Champagne, a white wine and a red wine.