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Carrot Cake Pancakes at Alsur Cafe Barcelona

Alsur Café is a lively place. It has a young and relaxed atmosphere, and I like their concept of “whatever you want, whenever you want”. If you’ve been partying the night before and got up late and really feel like a brunch, on a Tuesday, that’s perfectly doable in Alsur. They have breakfast and brunch items on the menu all day (and night), and the portions are huge. They have good vegetarian options too.

Alsur Cafe Barcelona

In addition to the mains on the menu they have really impressive cakes and sweets to go with your coffee or tea. And the best of all: really good drinks! They have something called Brunchtails: delicious cocktails to pair with your brunch! Or try the fruity daiquiris, the delicious mojitos, or perhaps a big piña colada. Alsur is a good place to start off your night out. There are also plenty of dishes to share like the Carnitas Patatas Bravas, perfect when you are bringing your friends!

Piña Colada at Alsur Café, Barcelona

Alsur Café has four different locations in Barcelona, my personal favorite for drinks is in the one in Plaza de Sant Cugat in the Born, and my favorite for brunch is the one in Roger de Llúria. They have spaces for groups too, which comes in very handy if you want a place with a menu that has something tasty for everyone.

Chicken Waffles with a smokey sauce at Alsur Cafe Barcelona

Alsur Café:

Pl Sant Cugat 1

Sant Pere Mès Alt 4

Roger de Llúria 23

Ribera 18

 
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Oma Bistró is lovely! It’s the real O.G. in the brunch field in Barcelona, and it’s easy to see why. It's has that Greenwich Village kind of air to it, with huge windows, comfortable sofas, and that laid-back feeling that makes you want to linger for a while. They do great breakfasts and brunches with plenty of savoury and sweet options, and tasty lunches.

Have a look at their cake selection in the back and you won’t be able to leave without trying one! We really recommend to have a go at the carrot cake or the cheese cake. Pair it with an Oreo milkshake and you’re good to go!

One of the bestsellers on the menu are the Eggs Benedict, easily among the best in the city. And the French Toast is insane! I love the presentation and how huge it is..! The avocado toast is another favourite of mine, I love how they don’t skimp on the toppings here.

The poke bowls make for great lunch options, as does the burger if you are feeling like having something more indulgent.

As in any great bistro there is very good coffee available. They have a top-notch coffee machine and get their beans from top quality local provider El Magnifico. They keep us caffeinated and on our toes by offering different beans.

If you are a fan of craft beer I really suggest you have a look at their selection of tap and in bottle. They know their craft beer and you can find some interesting brews.

Oma Bistró is one of the true gems in Barcelona, it’s the kind of cosy place that makes you want to stay for hours!

Address: Consell de Cent 227

 
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On Passeig Sant Joan there is a gorgeous, new little shop called La Cava Cakery. The window display is very pretty and catches the attention of anyone passing by, and the inside of the shop is equally lovely. There are two major attractions in La Cava Cakery, of which one is obvious upon arrival: the cupcakes. Beautiful, like little pieces of art, displayed in the window and in the counter. I had the opportunity to get a peek behind the scenes and chat with the lady preparing them, and if you knew how much love she puts into them you’d want to buy them all, right then and there.

There are plenty of flavours to choose from, such as chocolate vanilla, Oreo, red velvet, cookies and cream… The icing is plentiful, airy and not too sweet, and the cake itself wonderfully moist. On my visit there were customers constantly stopping by to pick up cupcakes. I recommend staying in and enjoying them with a cup of well-made specialty coffee (the barista really knows what he is doing!) or a matcha or chai latte (goes wonderfully with a cupcake!).

But the cupcakes are not the only protagonists here. As the name of the shop implies there is also cava involved! I love the concept of cupcakes and cava, such a wonderfully naughty treat, and a perfect excuse to meet up with your friends..! The fridge is packed with bottles of cava, and tiny ones too should you take your cupcakes to go for a picnic to the park or a celebratory breakfast at home. I love it!

La Cava Cakery has an app to make it easy for you to order at home, should you not have time to pass by the shop. But I really recommend you stop by, for the classy decor, the friendly staff and the lovely atmosphere.

La Cava Cakery, Passeig de Sant Joan 111, 08037 Barcelona.


 
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The streets between Arc de Triomf and Plaça Urquinaona are in the epicentre of where many cool things have been happening lately. A new addition to the scene here is cute Bing Bing Cafe.

Go here for a cake fix (their rainbow cake is adorable!), there are lots to choose from, including several gluten free options, and a vegan carrot cake. They have a Japanese cheesecake too which is not easy to find in Barcelona, and it’s just as fluffy and jiggly as you’d expect..! On the drinks list the matcha frappé caught my eye, and I tried their wellness lattes (the charcoal latte) and the smoothies look tasty.

Bing Bing Cafe also does brunch, including vegan options like a tofu scramble. What caught my eye most of all was the Bingsu. This Korean dessert is a little masterpiece, a feast for the eye, and the belly! Bingsu might look similar to the Japanese shaved ice dessert Kakigori, but they are a bit different. The texture of the Bingsu is much finer than in the Kakigori, it is similar to powder and reminds me bit of desiccated coconut, is much more milky in taste and does not taste like ice at all.

The Bingsu in Bing Bing Café comes in many varieties, and luckily they have photos of each flavour so you know what to expect. We went for the matcha with a matcha ice cream topping, tasty red bean paste and a matcha condensed milk-like sauce to pour on top. Bing Bing is the first place to serve Bingsu in Spain, so you can’t miss this one!

Bing Bing Cafe, Ronda de Sant Pere 23., 08010 Barcelona. Tel. 935 41 59 87.

 
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Who would have known that so close to Barcelona you could find such a gastronomic gem that is Cabrils? I visited the town a few weeks ago and was left awestruck with all the options that are available and with the cosiness of the place. And the quality of the food, mind-blowing! I honestly can’t wait to visit again, and I’m even considering celebrating my birthday here.

Now 5 different restaurants in Cabrils have joined forces for the 6th Ruta Gastronómica Destapa’t de Cabrils, together with Ajuntament de Cabrils, Font Vella and Inedit Damm. Every establishment has created a signature tapa as an aperitif. The idea is not to do a typical tapas-crawl, but to get to know the specialties of each restaurant and enjoy what they have to offer. This is why the event is going on until March 3rd 2019. The proceeds from this goes to a good cause, the Casal dels Infants that works with marginalised kids and teenagers since more than 35 years.

Cabrils is wonderful in summer, but during winter it also has a very special charm with its village feeling and pretty, old buildings. There are things here you can’t find in the city, and an atmosphere that is very unique. It also has a specific microclimate that makes sure you can prolong the terrace season for much longer than Barcelona, and I was told you can enjoy sitting outside already in March here!

Anyway, let’s deep dive into the places we visited, let yourself be inspired for a getaway from the city!

Ca l’Estrany, Cabrils

Ca l’Estrany, Cabrils

Ca l’Estrany - This gorgeous old country house draws visitors from near and far, both for a drink in their cosy terrace, a lunch or dinner or for celebrations such as weddings and anniversaries. I was told they are fully booked for events until end of 2019! And I’m not surprised, this place has so much charm. We spoke with the one of the owners who told us she loves to fish and spends a lot of time out on the sea, and at the entrance there were plenty of photos of the fish she had caught, mixed with photos of the celebrities that have visited. Right by the entrance there were big tanks with fish and seafood, they don’t come much fresher than this..! The tapa here is salmon nigiri and an Arenys tuna maki, so fresh they melted in my mouth. Afterwards we had an opportunity to sneak a peek in the kitchen, where pots of stews where bubbling away for hours. Go here for a comforting rice dish or fresh seafood with your partner or family. Ca l’Estrany is also included in the Michelin guide.

Sal i Pebre, Cabrils

Sal I Pebre - It might look humble from the outside, but wait until you see the dishes. A modern take on seasonal ingredients is the focus here, and the presentation is aligned with this. The restaurant gets packed at lunch time, their “menu del día” is excellent value for money. When weather permits make sure you get a seat on the terrace, with privacy provided by surrounding trees. The tapa here is a tasty artichoke filled with cheese and prawns (good luck with just having one, they are very tasty..!).

L’Hort, Cabrils

L’Hort, Cabrils

L´Hort - I got a bit weak in the knees when we arrived here. It has a privileged location in the town, with lots of orange trees in the garden. L’Hort consists of a few historical buildings that together form a complex of restaurants and event spaces. I would have loved to celebrate my wedding here, if only I would have known..! La Pizzeria de l’Hort is famous for its pizzas, and the space is so stunning with different cosy rooms. They also have certified gluten-free pizzas for all of you who are gluten intolerant! The atmosphere is very special, everything is so well preserved.

L’Hort, Cabrils

L’Hort, Cabrils

In the building next door you can find Tempo restaurant, a modern take on gastro tapas as they call them. The tapa we had in Tempo was a potato filled with “chistorra” and topped with a fried quail egg. I’m a huge “chistorra” fan and I LOVED it! I really like the decoration here and, again, the feeling the old structures add. They have a gorgeous dining room upstairs (perfect for an event or a wedding) and another private room downstairs for events. One floor down there is a lounge club called Downtempo. This space can also be rented for celebrations.

Make sure you check out the spiral staircase at the entrance, very instagrammable..! Outside there is a gorgeous patio filled with orange trees, when we were there they were filled with oranges. I can only imagine what it will be like when they blossom (I love the smell of orange blossoms).

L’Hostal de la Plaça, Cabrils

L’Hostal de la Plaça - The next stop on our route was Hostal Cabrils. Where do I begin..? This restaurant and bed & breakfast has been in the family for generations, and it will charm your pants off. The restaurant is divided into many different rooms, all preserving it’s antique charm. I particularly loved the room that used to host the restaurant kitchen, there are still shelves filled with old pots and pans in one corner. I was also taken aback by the cute rooms that used to belong to the great-grandmother of the family, and that now have been turned into cosy private dining rooms.

L’Hostal de la Plaça, Cabrils

L’Hostal de la Plaça, Cabrils

L’Hostal de la Plaça, Cabrils

The terrace dining rooms (one downstairs and another one upstairs) have gorgeous views over the village, and they have glass windows so you can sit there almost all year round. We had their signature tapa, a potato filled with “botifarra de perol” with a reduction of “vino rancio” and thyme. The menu looked very good with tasty rice dishes and fresh seafood. They also have tremendously charming rooms you can book if you would like to stay for a night or two.

Can Rin, Cabrils

Can Rin - Our last stop on the route was Can Rin, also a beautiful historical building delicately restored to a bar and restaurant. Downstairs the air is modern and with views over the inviting terrace, and upstairs there is a vintage flair to the stunning dining rooms, all of them with a different theme. In the summer there are regularly live music concerts that bring visitors from near and far and create a very unique atmosphere.

Can Rin, Cabrils

At Can Rin the tapa is a bluefin tuna with asparagus and a smokey vinegar, beautifully presented and very recommendable. The menu has an attractive Asian touch to its local dishes and ingredients, I loved every single thing we tried and found the concept very unique and interesting. The vegetables come from their own garden that they share with Hostal de la Plaça, it doesn’t get more local than that! If you are around on a Thursday make sure to drop by Can Rin, where locals come to meet with friends and to enjoy the pinchos that are served in the evening.

All of the restaurants we visited and that participate in Destapa’t are part of the Associació d’Hostalers de Cabrils, and in addition to the ones above it’s also worth mentioning La Mossegada, La Concordia and Hotel Mas de Baix Cabrils, all of them with their own unique charm.

Cabrils is located in Maresme, and you can reach it by car in about 30 minutes, and by train it’s almost equally as painless: take the train from Plaça Catalunya to Vilassar de Mar (37 minutes) and the bus from Vilassar de Mar (13 minutes). DesTAPA’T takes place until March 3rd 2019.

 
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Funky Bakers has landed in Barcelona and they have changed the whole baking scene in a the blink of an eye. It is unlike any bakery we have here so far: they have so many fun things you can’t find anywhere else. A mix of Middle Eastern, Mediterranean, Nordic and Australian, what more can you ask for?

I don’t really know where to start, I want you to see it with your own eyes. They open early (at 8AM) which is much appreciated, especially if you’re on your way to work and want to pick up something for breakfast or lunch, or if you’re visiting Barcelona and want something bright and early when you’re out sightseeing. Their location is great: smack bang on Passeig del Born. There is no seating inside (the space is packed with goodies!) but there are benches outside, and the beach is just a hop and a skip away if you'd like to have a breakfast with a view.

A lot of effort is put into the making of: the ingredients are local and organic. Everything is made from scratch and the result is very impressive. The counter is packed with so many appetising things. The smørrebrød-style sandwiches really caught my eye: where else do you get smørrebrød in Barcelona? Nowhere! On my visit they had three different ones: one with salmon and capers and wasabi mayonnaise, one with avocado and egg (vegetarian) and one with butternut squash with tahini and pomegranate seeds (vegan). The toppings vary depending on the season. There are sausage and egg rolls and other breakfast rolls and meat pies if you are looking for savoury items, and different salads packed with tasty ingredients.

And let’s talk about the sweet stuff. Good luck with choosing I say, I would have had one of each if I could! The frangipane tart with rose jam caught my attention, and the carrot cake that has a lovely twist to it. I loved the chia pudding that came with a wonderful apple-cinnamon compote, decorated with pistachios.

I really recommend you check out the takeaway boxes: create a box with sweet and/or savory items and a drink, and take it with you to the park, the beach or even home with you for a cosy breakfast in bed. They even have cute little bottles of cava, doesn’t that make for a perfect plan..?

Funky Bakers, Passeig del Born 10, Barcelona. Tel: 931 54 67 13.

 
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Barcelona never rests! Here is a list of 47 new restaurants, cafés and bars that have opened recently or are about to open very soon. Let me know if you have any recommendations for places I have missed in this list!

Cafe de Rex - A cute coffee shop on Oliana 24. Their toasts look so good, and the concept solid. Instagram: @cafederex.

La Querida - Large, beautiful space on Passeig Pujades 33, just next to the Ciutadela park. By the Las Fernández and La Robadora owners. Instagram: @laqueridabcn.

Cala Rossita - Rice dishes and tapas inside the Diagonal Mar shopping center, Avinguda Diagonal 3. Instagram: @calarossitabcn.

La Cava Cakery - Cupcakes, cava and specialty coffee on Psg Sant Joan 111. Instagram: @lacavacakery.

The Mordis & Co - A new sandwich shop on Ronda Universidad 3. Instagram: @themordisandco.

Fan Dim Sum - A Chinese restaurant specialised in dim sum, they also already work with Glovo in case you’d like to try it in the comfort of your home. C/ Laforja 128. Instagram: @fandimsum.

Folks Burgers - This burger place hasn’t opened yet, but it will be located on C/ del Portal Nou 19 and you can keep an eye on them on Instagram: @folks_burgers.

Rainbow Cake at Bing Bing Cafe Barcelona

Bing Bing Café - I visited this café recently and loved it! So cute, with a wonderful Korean dessert specialty, the Bingsu. Good set of gluten-free cakes. Located on Ronda Sant Pere 23. Instagram: @bingbingcafe.

Alsur Forn - The cool Alsur Café has opened their own bakery with really tasty looking donuts (with fillings like dulce de leche, lemon pie…), cookies, cronuts and much more. Gran Vía 272. Instagram: @alsurforn.

Il Tramezzino - These guys have specialised in Tramezzini, a sweet venetian delicacy that looks interesting! They also do savoury dishes (like lunch). C/ Roger de Lluria 53. Instagram: @iltramezzinobcn

Ristorante Nonna Sara - New Italian restaurant on C/ Corsega 225. Instagram: @ristorantenonnasara.

El Petit Mos - This new place is on my to go-list: their brunch looks great and they do live music on Sundays. C/ Sepulveda 80. Instagram: @el.petit.mos

71 Oyster Bar / La Perla - This oyster bar and club looks intriguing, with great looking cocktails. Enrique Granados 71. Instagram: @71oysterbar.

Un Bocado Sushi - The name says sushi but they do so much more than that. Looks good! C/ Viladomat 259. Instagram: @unbocado_sushi

Bella’s - The new sister establishment to Isabella’s restaurant. Italian cooking. C/ Diagonal 640. Instagram: @bellasbcn.

Vegan Ice Cafe - A vegan ice cream place that also does açai bowls and cakes. C/ de la Mestrança 49. Instagram: @veganicecafe.

Free & Sweet - Desserts and cakes with superfoods, and without dairy, eggs and refined sugars. All vegan and low in gluten. C/ America 6. Instagram: @freeandsweet_bcn

La Mare del Tano - Home made food for takeaway on C/ Ciutat de Granada 20. Instagram: @lamaredeltanopoblenou.

La Graciosa - An organic and natural wine shop, it seems you can eat a little something here too. C/ Milà i Fontanals 88. Instagram: @lagraciosabcn.

Vabowl - Restaurant and take away where everything is steamed, seems pretty healthy! C/ Diputación 139. Instagram: @vabowl.

La Tartareria - Raw food and much more, their truffled steak tartar “bikini” seems to be a big success. Muntaner 26. Instagram: @latartareria

Bonico Bar - Tapas, wine and beer on C/ Sants 6. Instagram: @bonicobar.

Bollo Cakery - A colourful bakery with a fun concept! C/ Diputación 207. Instagram: @bollocakery.

Austral Coffee Bar - New specialty coffee place on Viladomat 140. Instagram: @australcoffeebar.

Tomodachi - Pretty tasty looking new Japanese restaurant on Travessera de Gracia 250. Instagram: @tomodachibcn.

Cupcake’s Coffee - A British and American-style cake shop on C/ Roselló 142. It’s not open yet but you can follow the progress on Instagram: @cupcakescoffeebcn.

Panorama Bar - All day brunch and cocktails on Paseo San Juan 84. They also have vegan options. Instagram @panoramabarcelona.

Atlantis Gastrobar - A yummy looking place for fish and seafood. C/ Marques del Campo Sagrado 12. Instagram: @atlantis.gastrobar.

Arar Rostisseria - I’m intrigued by this new place that does roast chicken and catering. They source local ingredients and do some foraging too, which is not so common around here. C/Sicília 107. Instagram: @ararbcn.

Xerta Tapas Bar - The famous Xerta restaurant has opened a more formal tapas bar focused on food from Delta del Ebre. C/ Còrsega 289. Instagram: @xertatapasbar.

Kilele - A cosy looking bar/restaurant on C/ Valencia 349. Instagram: @kilelebcn.

La Dimsumteria - The talented team behind La Taberna China has opened a new place with dimsum, tea and craft beer. I can’t find any more info on this but check out @la_taberna_china for more info.

On y Va - The bike café has opened a new site on C/ Vergos 55. Instagram: @onyvabarcelona.

Diània - Valencian food on C/ Mozart 20. We’re always up for a good rice dish! Instagram: @dianiabar.

La Cuina d’en Garriga - This popular restaurant and deli has opened a beautiful space on Enric Granados 58. Instagram: @lacuinadengarriga.

Wings ‘N Tings - Are you a fan of chicken wings? Then this pop-up is for you! Great looking milk shakes and sides to the wings. They serve craft beer too, as one should with chicken wings. Paseo San Juan 13. Instagram: @bcnwingting.

Bing Bing Cafe Barcelona

Pikelets - From the La Desayuneria team, they do take away and delivery and their pancakes look really good. C7 Comte D’Urgell 260. Instagram: @pikeletsbcn.

La Guapa Burg - Organic burgers on C/ Europa 28. I like the look of their cute little filled mushrooms, and the portobello burger! Instagram: @laguapaburg.

Milestone Cocktails - I don’t know much about this place because they haven’t opened yet, but their gin infused with oysters and dill sounds pretty intriguing, don’t you think? It seems there will be music involved too. If you want to follow their progress check them out on Instagram: @milestone.bcn.

Entre Latas Gracia - This popular shop from Sant Antoni has now opened a bodega in Gracia, on Torrijos 16. Instagram: @entre_latas.

Forastera - Brunch and dinner in Poble Nou, on Sancho de Ávila 22. Their buffalo wings look good! Instagram: @forasterabcn.

Bing Bing Cafe Barcelona

Gallo Santo - The first vegan Mexican restaurant in Barcelona! Genius I say. Their cocktails look tasty. Torrent de l’Olla 64. Instagram: @gallosantobarcelona.

Hijo de Mendez - A beautiful loft that serves Mexican food and music! Straight to my To Go-list. Part of the Tribu Woki group. On Pasaje Marimon 5. Instagram: @hijodemendez.

Quatre Coses - Pastry Chef Oriol Balaguer has opened a place that also serves savoury items. Consell de Cent 329. Instagram: @quatre_coses_oriolbalaguer.

Renoi - This place opened already in the summer but I didn't include it in the previous list. They do vermouth, and tapas and it looks SO delicious. Valencia 509. Instagram: @renoi_tapes_i_vins

Licorería Latería - A beautiful restored wine bodega where also tastings are organised. Escudellers 5. Instagram: @licorerialateriabcn.

Yicha - Bubble Milk Tea taken to a cooler level in a cute space. They also do other types of tea, The Black Tea with Ice Cream caught my eye..! Plaza Tetuán 32. Instagram: @yicha_bcn001.

Previous New Restaurants lists:

October 2018

July 2018

March 2018

January 2018

October 2017

June 2017

March 2017

January 2017

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Porridge at Bohl, Barcelona

When it’s cold I get a serious craving for porridge, what about you? Some years ago it was impossible to find porridge anywhere, but that is definitely not the case anymore! Here are the places I have found so far that have a porridge, or several, on their menu. But beware! Many places take the porridges off their menu when the weather gets warm, which is of course understandable.

Bohl has recently opened and they have four (!) porridges to choose from! A chia and overnight oats porridge with banana, goji berries, pecan nuts, coconut and bee pollen, a warm cacao porridge with cacao powder, hazelnuts, cacao nibs and date paste (yummm), an apple pie porridge with apple and cinnamon and other toppings and finally a Korean inspired savoury porridge with avocado, eggs and chilli flakes. Read more about Bohl here.

Itacate, Barcelona

Itacate is favourite hangout of mine! Their porridge is packed with home-made granola, peanut butter (100% peanuts, no added crap!) and seasonal fruit. Very filling and really tasty! They have WiFi, which makes it perfect to get some work done, and make sure you check out their art exhibitions, there is always something interesting going on. Read all about Itacate here.

Maai, Barcelona

Maai serves a good porridge with blueberries, chocolate and banana, and WiFi too if you want to work while you eat your breakfast. They are only open Monday to Friday during morning and lunch. I am very impressed with their great healthy and nutritional concept, so make sure you check out other things on their menu too. Read more about Maai here.

Eat My Trip has a great porridge with so much stuff in it that I couldn’t even finish mine! And they have a warm chia pudding with fruit too, doesn’t that sound intriguing? Eat My Trip has created such a fun concept, I am always curious about their new dishes. Read my review here.

Espai Joliu serves up a porridge in their cosy café in Poble Nou. Check out all the cool things they sell here too, like plants, interesting magazines, jewellery and other hand-made goods. They also have WiFi if you need to work. Read more here.

Hammock Juice Station has a porridge that will fill you up for hours, read all about it here, and make sure you enjoy it in one of their super comfy sitting hammocks. I pair up my porridge with the salty caramel smoothie, SO GOOD.

Lulu Barcelona

Lulu also is a good place for a porridge with apple compote and many other yummy things, including beautiful healthy lattes. Read my review of Lulu here.

Green & Berry has lots of healthy things on their menu, including a porridge with banana and blueberries. Read my post about Green & Berry here.

Satan’s Coffee has a black rice porridge on their menu, but if I remember correctly it’s not a warm porridge (correct me if I’m wrong). It’s really good though, I do remember that..! And of course you are assured very good coffee here.

Granja Petitbo serves a porridge with chocolate, nuts and coconut that looks pretty good, I haven’t had the opportunity to taste it myself yet unfortunately. Read more about it here. 

 
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Sometimes food that might look “fast” and easy have a profound depth to it that you might not see at first glance, but when you get to know the story behind it you realise that this is something completely different than what you expected. This is the case with Pandan.

We met with the chef Aris who runs the show in the kitchen, and when we managed to drag her CV out of her (she is very humble) we almost fell backwards. Aris is from Chicago, and has worked in several Michelin-star restaurants in both Chicago and New York, such as top-notch Marea. When she came to Barcelona she continued her path for success at the Adrià-brothers restaurants such as Hoja Santa. Now she has gathered all her knowledge from the these star-studded kitchens and her extensive travels, and put it all into place in Pandan.

Even if the food at Pandan is great for take-away, I really urge you to stay and take a seat in the back of the restaurant. The decoration is really on point, famous architect and interior designer Cristina Carulla (Media Manga, La Dama) has created a beautiful atmosphere.

The theme of Pandan is fast good, bringing focus to the fact that this is food that is perfect for a lunch break, for taking home or to the office, but without compromising on quality. Because at Pandan a lot of effort is put into the preparation of the dishes beforehand: everything is made in-house. The ingredients are really fresh, and I LOVE how much thought has been put into creating the exciting flavour combinations.

The star of the show in Pandan is the rice paper roll. It comes in many different variations that change depending on the season. The Shrimp roll is a fresh mix of shrimp with cucumber, avocado, lettuce and cilantro. We also loved the Garden roll: a vegan roll with roasted eggplant, cauliflower, piquillo pepper, chive and arugula. Fantastic. The Salmon roll has fennel, green apple, basil and ginger mayonnaise (!) and the albacore tuna with daikon is really good too. Everything at Pandan is lactose free, with many gluten free and vegan options (everything is clearly indicated on the menu so it’s easy to figure out).

After you have chosen your roll(s) you choose your sauce. The Hoisin is spectacular: a classic Asian sauce with peanut. I also really liked the Nuoc Cham, a citric sauce that was perfect for the shrimp roll. Obviously there is a spicy sauce (a Korean style sauce with sesame) and a soy sauce that is infused with ginger.

For a side dish you can choose between a cabbage coleslaw, chicken broth, coconut soup, lentil salad with pesto or a seasoned rice pouch to fill you up. The coconut soup comes in different versions depending on the season, a cold one for summer and a hot one for winter. It was SO GOOD: so warming with a Thai kind of punch to it with a hint of lemongrass.

You can’t leave without having dessert here. Currently they have an indulgent black sesame and chocolate cake, a beautiful, wonderfully light signature cake (above) that is gluten free in addition to being delicious, a banana pudding and a mango and coconut gelatine.

I always pay attention to the drinks menu in a new place: it tells a lot about how well-thought (or not) the whole concept is. Pandan does not disappoint, it has a very interesting menu with many fun options, like Oatly Matcha/Mocha/Latte, kombucha (!), craft beer (including gluten free beer), and the coolest of them all: Vietnamese coffee with condensed milk, a true treat! Their coffee comes from El Magnifico, a seal of approval for good quality coffee.

Oh, by the way: soon Pandan will also have a terrace, it will be perfect for a nice cup of coffee or a kombucha and a tasty cake if you’re feeling peckish.

Pandan Fast Good, Travessera de Gracia 8, Barcelona. 932 762 536.

 
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Bar Limón is a new star on the brunch scene in Barcelona. Located close to the Barceloneta metro station, it boasts a large terrace and an even larger space inside, filled with lush green plants and vintage furniture. 

Bar Limon Barcelona

The concept of Bar Limón was clear from the start: the team behind it works hard on using good ingredients and making everything they can in-house, including sauces and dressings. The ingredients are locally sourced and organic, which is very much appreciated.

Bar Limon Barcelona

The menu is interesting, in addition to standard breakfast and brunch items you will also find fascinating and unusual dishes like okonomiyaki (also called Japanese pizza), cloud eggs and vegan tacos filled with seitan and tofu and drizzled with a tasty sauce.

Pancakes at Bar Limon, Barcelona

When talking about the standard brunch items you will see that there is little standard about them once they’re served to your table…! Most of the dishes are really big, and good for sharing. The presentation is beautiful and makes for great photos, just look at the pancakes..!

Bar Limon Barcelona

A few words about the burgers: the vegetarian burger comes with halloumi, an ingredient not so common in Barcelona (you can also choose halloumi as a side dish if you order eggs). For those of you who favour healthy eating I have good news for you: the burgers come with salads, and not fries! They make fresh cold-pressed juices, and the coffee list is pretty impressive with many fun options like a toffee latte, all made with good quality coffee from Tusell Tostadores.  

Coffee from Tusell Tostadores, Bar Limón, Barcelona

Burger at Bar Limón, Barcelona

The menu changes with seasonal items like big bowls of ramen in winter, and they have weekly specials. Bar Limón opens every day from 9.00 in the morning until 18.00 in the evening (winter time, in summer they open until late), in case waking up early isn’t your thing. They serve cocktails also if you need a little kick in your brunch!

Address: Plaça de Pau Vila 13. 

Ramen at Bar Limón, Barcelona

    

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