Mercat de la Planxa, I honestly had not heard of it until we went for a morning brunch one day. Little did I know that this morning brunch would lead to my engagement. Perhaps these feelings have been inspired by such a pleasant first experience. I was determined to give it another chance and not disclose the sentimental value of this restaurant in our hearts. This second visit was made three years later.
Mercat de la Planxa is run by a new chef now, Executive Chef Diego Amat from Spain. I have to say that the experience was just as lovely if not potentially an even more pleasant memory the second time around. Glancing at the menu my eyes were glued to the Mercat Benedict (toasted brioche, chorizo, truffled hollandaise, breakfast potato). The first time I had ever dared tried eggs prepared in the style of eggs benedict was at Mercat de la Planxa during our first visit when they still had fixed prix menus.
They turned my breakfast perspective completely around and left eggs benedict one of my all time favorite breakfast items!
I was desperately craving the eggs benedict, but remained torn by the allure of the lobster eggs with spinach. Of course to settle this battle of food decisions I just got both. We’re all winners here. I was not disappointed, in fact, the benedict still won be over as my all time favorite breakfast item and the finely chopped potatoes cooked to perfection inspired me to chop and season my potatoes at home similarly. To me this is the biggest determination if a meal is successful. I ask myself, did I leave inspired? Now I am no chef, I’m just a home cook. It is too easy for me to become bored with my food and soon after I’m bored that leads to a decline in cooking. Travel and delicious food experiences give me the everyday inspiration I need to be able to cook for myself and my family. I am fortunate enough to have a husband who alleviates my need to be in the kitchen, by cooking at home for us very often. However, every so often I just need that gust of inspiration and the taste of new savory flavors to give me that lift in my own personal life. The take away was delicious and indeed inspired.