Opera Samfaina | A cave of surprises and visual poetry


Opera Samfaina is a new dining experience located in the centre of Barcelona inside and underneath the iconic Grand Teatre del Liceu. It must be an all-out visual, culinary and auditory experience. The Roca Brothers are responsible for your gastronomic experience and they worked with visual artist Franc Aleu. Another reason for foodies to visit Barcelona.

What to expect from Opera Samfaina

Although I’m a bit sceptical about the concept, I would put this aside and visit it when in Barcelona. I haven’t had the pleasure of experiencing a dinner at the restaurant of the Roca Brothers, El Cellar de Can Roca in Girona but tasted a bit of their cuisine at their restaurant Roca Moo at the Omm hotel in Barcelona. And really enjoyed it!

But I think I might be a bit too old for their new project the Opera Samfaina. I’m a foodie and don’t like distractions. I like to see, feel and taste what’s on my plate. Light shows etc. are all distractions which might spoil my food. But I might be wrong and it sounds amazing for foodies who like an experience around great food.

They use interactive tables full of visual projections, 3D surroundings, music and distinct areas (a Vermouth bar, The Catalan Odyssey, Diva and the Market Place) to create a great exceptional dinner for their guests. With the help of famous TV producer Joan Gràcia, the team created an all in visual concept. Experiences are offered in three packages ranging from 38 to 58 euros with each one offering different food experiences along the way.

Opera Samfaina’s four spaces include the Vermuteria, where you can enjoy classic Catalan vermouths and snacks; Diva, a room of themed tables serving tapas and wine; The Catalan odyssey which fuses art and food into an amazing animated film with Jordi Roca as a digital avatar in the starring role; the Market Place to sip coffee and goggle at insane sculptures.

When you enter Opera Samfaina, you get an electronic wristband. Anything you buy gets charged to this and you pay at the end. It sounds like a real treat if you’re in Barcelona. ^Marjolein

Website: Opera Samfaina

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