From once it's former Cajun glory, Boxing Room, comes a new concept; gorgeous interiors that are sure to please the senses.
What was the former has now seen a gorgeous evolution in character, the live greenery and unique nods to Catalonian culture at Barcino meant to inspire conversation and evoke a true sense of space. Or in much simpler terms, a dense feast for the eyes. Jointly designed by Absinthe Group Project Director Jonny Raglin and Hayes Valley-based Sagan Piechota Architecture—the same team behind the design of Bellota, the same level of excellence has been applied to their fabulous build out.
Of course, with fab interiors comes a menu that is helmed by Chef McIlwraith and Chef de Cuisine Athman El-Kindiy, formerly of Boxing Room. The regionally-focused and seasonally-changing menu is driven by Chef McIlwraith’s extensive travels to Barcelona and highlights his own take on the cuisine of the region. Tapas-centric dishes feature Spanish ingredients and Catalan staples updated from his point of view.
And we're talking a Spanish experience, imagine garroxta cheese or Jamon Iberico de Bellota; albondigas, or lamb meatballs, with saffron braised noodles, currants, and pine nuts; Spanish flatbread with foie gras, membrillo, pickled peach, and candied pine nut; smoked and braised beef short rib with choricero pepper broth and horseradish; and a daily-changing seasonal paella serving two to four people. Is your mouth watering yet? We highly suggest checking out their menu.
Artists in the Bay Area have also had their way with beautifying Barcino's new digs, with art pieces including a large-scale metalwork installation of the Phoenician spelling of “Barcino” by Oldani Art Studio in Oakland and a mirrored etched map of ancient Barcelona by Oakland-based artist Dave Brandon.
// 399 Grove Street, Hayes Valley; barcinosf.com — at the corner of Gough and Grove. The restaurant will be open for dinner Sunday, Tuesday, and Wednesday from 5–10 p.m. and Thursday–Saturday from 5–11 p.m. Barcino will be closed on Monday.
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