Barcelona, Spain (August 10, 2007) – Catalan? Mexican? Mediterranean? The answer to all three is a resounding si, si, and yes. When Mexiterranée opens in October 2007, Barcelona’s sizzling restaurant scene will experience a fusion cuisine like none other Â… with an only-in-Catalonia theatrical wow. As the brainchild of Samir Saab, concept designer and President of Prohotel International, Mexiterranée promises not only a fresh new culinary concept, but also a memorably complete sensory dining experience.

To marry the best of Catalan, Mexican and Mediterranean flavors into fresh, dazzling dishes, Catalan chef Jaume Brichs and Mexican chef Eric Anguiano, Prohotel Corporate Chef and formerly of the Mayan Riviera’s Ikal del Mar, blend ingredients from each culinary heritage. From Mexico: chiles, exotic fruits and herbs; from the Mediterranean: abundant seafood, lush tomatoes and Arbequina extra virgin olive oil; and from Barcelona’s Catalan kitchen, an array of local meats and cheeses. The result? A flavorful, light and fresh cuisine reflecting Barcelona’s global sophistication and emergence as a cosmopolitan dining destination.

Signature dishes prove the point: steamed lamb with chiles and garlic; olive oil-poached cod in habanero sauce; and veal sirloin in tamarind sauce with eggplant and zucchini are highlights. For dessert, Chef Brichs — whose background includes stints at the Hotel Arts in Barcelona and the Michelin-starred Koldo Royo in Palma de Mallorca – will continue the theme, using his skills as an accomplished pastry chef to create delicious Banana Tatin Tart with bourbon vanilla ice-cream and warm bitter Chocolate Cake with strawberries and raspberries sauce.

Mexiterranée celebrates Barcelona’s rich artistic and architectural heritage with a cutting-edge cultural fusion décor of magenta, fuchsia and mustard tones reflective of Mexican textiles, black Oaxacan ceramic vessels and versatile gauze curtains around each seating area for guests to create their own private spaces. And — in what is surely a dining first – Mexiterranée’s on-site choreographer will orchestrate the ambiance throughout each evening with ever-changing lighting, fragrances and special music, ensuring that each visit will be as different and memorable as the previous one.

With a solid gastronomic pedigree, creative cuisine and theatrical flair both on and off the plate, Mexiterranée is destined to become Europe’s most talked-about dining destination. Dining as theater is coming to Barcelona. Curtain up!

Mexiterranée is located on Gran Via de les Corts, 559B in the Casanova Hotel. For reservations, please call +34 933 640 800.

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