I stumbled across Hofmann on an afternoon walk back to my friend’s apartment in Barcelona, through the quiet Sarria neighborhood off Avinguda Diagonal.  Hofmann is the one-starred restaurant of the eponymous cooking school.  It could have been the older crowd at lunch, or the Germanic ring of its name, but at first glance it seemed overly formal for a city like Barcelona (not that I could really speak for the youthfulness or informality of Barcelona).

I was pleasantly surprised by a delicious meal, feeling almost coddled by the attentive service and sleek and cozy interior.

Lamb Burger Amuse-bouche at Hofmann
King Prawn Salad with Pancetta Cups
Seasoning Tray, with olive oil-infused salt flakes.
Rice with Iberico Ham and Sausage. That’s babymakin’ rice, right there.
Roast Lamb with Jus and Mushrooms
Vanilla Crème Brûlée Bites with Berries

This was another place that was deserving of its Michelin star, in a self-assuredly excellent way.  Okay, 5-course lunch, maybe a tad aggressive for a Monday, but in every other facet, I would recommend giving Hofmann a shot.

La Granada del Penedes no. 14-16
08006 Barcelona

The lunchtime prix fixe menu is a good deal for a splurge.  The (1) Iberico rice and (2) vanilla crème brûlée are definitely worth having.