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VIRENS at Almanac Barcelona is awarded best discovered Restaurant in Spain, 2022


Virens Restaurant -lead by chef Rodrigo de la Calle in the Almanac Barcelona hotel -has proudly received the award for the best Discovery Restaurant in Spain 2022, and is at number 18 in the TOP 100 Best Vegetable restaurants in the World 2022 by the world renowned We’re Smart Green Guide, which recognizes the world’s best vegetable and fruit-based restaurants.


El Invernadero restaurant, Rodrigo de la Calle‘s fine dining proposal, located in Madrid, takes second place in the TOP Best Vegetable restaurants in the World 2022 which considers the culinary creativity, ecological footprint and social impact of each restaurant. The awards were announced at the Gastronomic Forum held in Barcelona recently where hundreds of chefs and experts from 15 countries have taken part the exhibit.

Virens restaurant & Rodrigo de la Calle "Virens is Almanac Barcelona’s restaurant, based on the philosophy of organic farming, with natural plants and fungi products as the protagonists. We are committed to healthy, creative and versatile cooking made with local, farm-to-table products. Rodrigo de la Calle presents a menu that stars all kinds of vegetables, followed by a spectacular selection of rice dishes, as well as, organic meat and organic fish of the highest quality. For those with a sweet tooth, the desserts include a wide range of options, from the reinterpretation of classic sweets to the preparation of more radical recipes with fruits and vegetables."


Rodrigo de la Calle's passion for green cooking was awoken as a child when he lived in the small town of Mogón, in Jaén, surrounded by vegetable gardens and nature. Son of a farmer and grandson of chefs, he started out in the restaurant world in 2007 with his first restaurant Aranjuez, where he began to introduce forgotten, unknown or unusual vegetable spices into his culinary creations.

Additional Information: Almanac Barcelona Media media.barcelona@almanachotels.com https://virensbarcelona.com/en/ https://www.almanachotels.com/barcelona

Almanac Barcelona, one of the Barcelona capital’s newest boutique hotels, opened in February 2018, making a contemporary statement in an art and design-obsessed town. With 91 luxurious rooms, 30 of them exclusive suites, all are richly appointed with modern amenities to create a residential feeling of discreet refinement. Almanac Barcelona is the first hotel of the new brand Almanac Hotels. Located on Gran Via de les Corts Catalanes, a prime downtown location, the hotel is only few steps from Passeig de Gràcia where guests can find stylish shopping, restaurants, bars and museums. For architecture lovers, the Passeig de Gràcia is home to some of the city’s most important Modernist buildings. Barcelona sizzles with bold creativity. If you wish to be where the cultural junction meets the urban landscape, then Almanac Barcelona is the perfect choice.

More about We're Smart® In the past year, We're Smart World has visited hundreds of restaurants worldwide. The team evaluates the restaurants on whether their menus are comprised of at least two-thirds fruit and vegetables, but also on criteria based on their culinary creativity, ecological footprint and social impact. We're Smart® TOP 100 – 2022 list: Every year, We're Smart® World publishes a ranking of the 100 best gourmet vegetable restaurants in the world. The higher your radish score, the more chance you have of being included. Ranking is based on the most consistent application of the Think Vegetables! Think Fruit!® Philosophy and the general guidelines surrounding the rating of We're Smart® Green Guide Radish restaurants. This global top 100 is something that the chefs involved eagerly await and is a real bucket list for the culinary vegetable lover. Announced on 8 November 2022.

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