We know how terribly trendy Sant Antoni is, so obviously a cool place like Mendl's is just a hop and a skip away from Calle Parlament. I had heard about a place all decorated in a Wes Anderson-style, and loving his movies I had to check it out.
The outside is already promising with a big cinema-style sign outside. Once through the doors a mini-Moonrise Kingdom opens up with lodge-cabin type tables, benches and wood-panelled walls. From there (if you can take your eyes off the cake display...) you move to a passage that looks like a train wagon, just like Darjeeling Limited with cute seating and vintage suitcases thrown up on the luggage compartment on the wall.
When you move towards the back you change scenery to the lobby in The Grand Budapest Hotel with comfortable sofas and all. In the far back, where the toilets are, there is a cute homage to Fantastic Mr. Fox. It's adorable!
The menu is written in a little passport, and there is a lot to choose from. From the savory menu I've only tried an assortment of croquetas so far, and they were really, really good (my favorites were the ones with gorgonzola and walnuts).
It's also really difficult to ignore the glass display with the cakes. If you can decide between the carrot cake, the sparkly red velvet cake or the Oreo cake (just to name a few examples...) you get a HUGE piece, so be prepared! Better to share if you've eaten already.
There are obviously a dessert menu too, and I can really recommend the Ferrero Rocher coulant with cream... Oh my.
For beer lovers they have a few craft beers to choose from, and for the rest of us cocktails and organic cola (really good!) and other organic sodas. The staff is very friendly and the music is great. Oh, and you can bring your dog here, too!