Normal people go to the seaside to swim, sunbathe, and relax. We went to the Tri-City for excellent meals and we were not disappointed.
Apart from the fame of the Chef himself, we were tempted to visit Arco by Paco Pérez by the beautiful view from the 33rd floor of the Olivia Business Center building in Gdańsk.
The restaurant makes an amazing impression, both by the view and the interior design. The kitchen is open and connected to the dining, which I love because I’m always enormously curious about the magic that happens there.
The chef at Arco is Antonio Arcieri. We chose the “20 ideas” menu, which has a quote of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s “The Little Prince”: “All adults were once children … but few of them remember it.” After such an introduction, we hoped not only for excellent cuisine but also for fun.
Lime and coriander cone with avocado and pisco sour with melon. 5 eggplants.
Algae dumpling with cuttlefish tartare. 3 eggplants.
Sardine toast with pieces of sardines and mayonnaise with the addition of algae. 4 eggplants.
Basil waffle with burrata and kalamata olives. 5 eggplants.
Tartlets with tomatoes and strawberry
Ice mini tartlets with balls in various flavors: strawberry, brie cheese, and basil. The tartlets were made of tomato water, which bottoms were filled with espuma, also made from tomato water. 5 eggplants.
At Arco, bread appeared after the amuse-bouche series, which was an interesting change, because we usually got it first after placing the order. We had a choice of several types of bread and we could try two wonderful olive oils. 5 eggplants.
A piece of brioche bread and the aforementioned olive oils.
Arco version of the lobster cocktail
Lobster with chardonnay foam, avocado powder, sun-dried tomatoes, and chopped almonds. 4 eggplants.
Almond cream with pickled cherries
Chilled Gazpacho style almond cream with the addition of cherries, rhubarb, smoked mayonnaise, and shrimps. 3 eggplants.
Octopus in the sea
Octopus assiette: pieces of meat, broth, and tartare with algae. Everything is completed with buttery foam and tomato and Jalapeño salsa. 3 eggplants.
“All Y Pebre” eel
Sous-vide and smoked eel. Served with garlic sauce, black pepper, and Catalan version of Bordeaux sauce. Nori algae chips are here as a crunchy element. The eel was incredibly delicate and juicy. For its great taste and appearance, it deserves the Happy Eggplant Badge. 5 eggplants.
Creamy rice with squid and black pudding
Risotto with the addition of squid and black pudding ball. Spiced with a herbal sauce with sepia. 3 eggplants.
Dover sole with anchovies and grapes
The Sole with white wine sauce and tarragon. As an addition to the sola, marinated in sake champignon were served with grapes, anchovies, and anchovies sauce. 3 eggplants.
Beef tenderloin with apple
Wagyu beef pieces with tapioca, apple and nuts, and marrow flan. For me, the beef was a bit too tough, and the addition of marrow made it a heavy dish. But it looked very beautiful and we got to this dish very nice special knives. 2 eggplants.
I liked this dessert very much. Light but crispy, lime pillow, and coconut milk cream. The perfect dessert for me and I gladly gave it an eggplant badge. 4 eggplants.
Kashubian red fruits
Forest fruits, rose jelly, lychee granita, and Zabaglione. 3 eggplants.
Ice cream dessert in cookie shape. 3 eggplants.
Those were surprise eggs inspired by Salvador Dali. Each one has a different taste so that we could tell each other, what you have eaten. As this concept never suits us, we shared them anyway. Which was not easy, because some of them had a liquid filling. Fortunately, we were forewarned about this. I only remember the raspberry flavors. It was fun, even if we didn’t stick to the rules and I am happy to award the badge for this unusual idea. 3 eggplants.
I admit that it was fun and the cuisine was great too. Maybe not everything was to my liking in 100%, but the dishes were tasty and wonderfully presented. What I liked the most was the perfect presentation of the dishes and an amazing view.
Interestingly, there was no stiff atmosphere that we were a bit afraid of. The evening was nice, relaxed and at times funny. The service, which was almost flawless, also deserves recognition.
As for the cost of dinner, the menu “20 Ideas” costs PLN 530 per person. When booking, you need to transfer PLN 300 per person and this amount is finally deducted from the bill. The service was not included, so we asked for it ourselves.
For a special evening with a beautiful view, I am happy to award the Arco restaurant with the Happy Eggplant Badge.
The Arco restaurant receives: 245/250!
Link to the restaurant Arco
Address: aleja Grunwaldzka 472 C, Gdańsk
Title picture: Sola Dover