Oriol Balaguer, Sarrià – Sant Gervasi

oriol balaguerAfter this post, I am going to make it my mission to keep the blog Adrià free for a while.  But for now, let’s talk about Oriol Balaguer.  Born to a chocolatier father and graduating to the famed kitchens of El Bulli before being named (at the tender young age of 23) Best Artisan Confectioner in Spain.  My 4-year-old daughter and I are here today with a view to getting our hands on the chocolate cake in eight chocolate textures.

8 textures chocolate cakeThe store is elegant, the thick tinted glass, the brushed aluminum frames- it’s more Balenciaga then Confectioner.  And that is the point, as we are about to pay €35 for a very petite, very shiny cake.  Other tartsThere are other things besides cakes. Some leavened pastries and lots of chocolate. Most of the chocolate shaped like a small cocoa pod, roughly the length of a car key.  It’s the largest bon-bon that I have come across in a while, it makes Paul A Young chocolates seem incy wincy in comparison. The sheen and finish on them is fantastical, making me think of either a plastic rendition of a chocolate or a chocolate that has come straight off the production line (ah yes, once upon a time I was fortunate enough to work for a chocolate factory).  All that, I imagine, is part of the El Bulli legacy, using industrial techniques to enhance and improve a food rather than to make something cheaper look and taste more enticing.  (Hello MRM!)

Chocolate lollipopsThis Oriol Balaguer shop in Sarrià – Sant Gervasi is one of 3 in Barcelona, 6 worldwide with distributors all over the world. As for the cake in 8 textures, I wish it came with a key, the way a new iPod would, which would tell me where I could locate all those textures and what they were.  Meanwhile, my 4-year-old who is our resident Chloé Doutre-Roussel  pronounced it a very good chocolate cake and enquired immediately as to when the next tasting might be?

Oriol Balaguer
Pl. de Sant Gregori Taumaturg, 2
Sarrià-Sant Gervasi

Further Reading: ‘Not for the masses – Oriol Balaguer’ on The Brander


  1. says

    what lovely looking treats! You are so lucky to be able to share those with your daughter, who obviously has very good taste. When we were in Barcelona with our 3.5 yr old he was so excited by Bubo, this looks like a couple of notches above that. When we stay with my sister in Islington I always make a bee line for Paul A Young. Recently had some William Curley single estate bars which were lovely too.

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