The engaging Artal clan—led by master chef Jordi—is a Catalan-Canadian family offering something unique in Barcelona: cutting-edge, contemporary cooking explained eloquently in English. There's no à la carte option, only tasting menus: Essèncias is the simplest and Sensacions is more creative, while the lunchtime-only Gastronomic is top-of-the-line, foodie nirvana. The wine pairings, like the food, are obsessively local and scrupulously selected.
Expect to spend from €59 to a budget-busting €109, not including drinks, depending on the menu. It's worth going all out for a sensational experience in a restaurant that lives up to its name.