Saturday, August 29, 2015

Sopar amb Estrelles: Dinner Under the Stars at Mount Tibidabo's Observatori Fabra

Barcelona city view from Mount Tibidabo
Sopar Amb Estrelles at the Observatori Fabra was a beautiful event we attended on Tuesday evening for a belated birthday celebration for Andrés.  The Observatory is located at the top of Mount Tibidabo, with a perfect view of the city. I didn't know anyone who had been to the event before, but it had excellent reviews online - the evening's festivities and charming ambiance definitely didn't disappoint!   The link above details the dinner under the stars program, which takes place only in the summer months, until the end of October. It's a romantic, beautiful and classy soiree that begins with a reception where you are given a glass of cava on arrival and have half an hour to marvel at the views.  

While you watch the sunset, you are served an appetizer (caviar and tuna for the carnivores; veggie chips and eggplant hummous for me)  followed by a three course meal prepared by a relatively well known chef called Miguel Guimera, the head chef of the Paradis restaurant in Barcelona. The Paradis catering group is the official group for the FC Barcelona Football club.  Andrés had the Observatory Menu and I had the vegetarian version, of course.  

Photos of Sopar amb Estrellas Observatori Menu are definitely worth taking a look at (the link is to their own Flickr set). For the main course, they serve Bacalao fish with olives and oranges (truffle risotto for me) and for the dessert, we had a beautiful cold mousse/icecream type dessert - check out the photo in the link above; it's hard to describe! I had ordered the celebration package, so we received an extra glass of cava and a delectable piece of chocolate cake.  Happy Birthday, Andrés!
Telescope from 1904 - Europe's oldest telescope still in use!
During the latter portion of the meal, a funny South American man presents a few interesting facts about the solar system and the moon, in particular. The Real Academy of Arts and Sciences runs the observatory and is actively involved in space research there, so it was interesting to look at the moon from their point of view! Then, there is a tour of the history of the Observatory, and then an explanation of the historic pieces on display in the museum room. Finally, we had a fantastic view of the moon from a giant telescope that you have to take a flight of stairs to reach! There is also a beautiful terrace where you can check out the view again.  I love Barcelona - it's gorgeous!  I feel so lucky to be here!

Barcelona night city view from Observatori Fabra

Sapna & Andres at Observatori Fabra Sopar amb Estrelles, Aug 25, 2015

No comments: