Barcelona Food Experience

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Welcome to Barcelona Food Experience! I'm on a mission to find good, affordable food in the city, and share it with you. I hope you will find something you like! 

Restaurant Pop-Up in a Cargo Container - Yes Please!

Restaurant Pop-Up in a Cargo Container - Yes Please!

Recently we had the pleasure to attend the opening of a completely new concept in the La Maquinista shopping center: the Miss Saigon - Esencial by Isma Alonso pop up. On the top floor of the shopping center, nestled between fast food chains, you can find this gem of a restaurant, where the kitchen is run by chef Ismael Alonso (Executive Chef at Mandarin Oriental). 

 Chef Ismael Alonso

Chef Ismael Alonso

It's not any old restaurant: the pop up is a cargo container and is so adorable, inside it is beautifully clad with green leafy wallpaper, and they even have a cute little terrace upstairs. Even though the menu is in the hands of a top chef the prices are VERY reasonable.

Pop Up La Maquinista

The flavours are inspired from around the world but with some local touches. A fresh Thai salad with crab, a Tom Yum soup, many different types of sandwiches (they have Bahn Mi!) and a dessert menu that’s short but straight to the point. I particularly enjoyed the tacos made with pork cheek, avocado, onion and a spicy mayonnaise. 

 Taco with pork cheek

Taco with pork cheek

The dessert was the perfect finale for a lovely evening. It consisted of a juicy pineapple sliced in its skin, covered with lime zest that gave it a wonderful freshness, and with a splash of molasses. This is what great chefs do best: take simple things to a whole new level.

 Octopus sandwich

Octopus sandwich

The pop up will be in La Maquinista only until the end of June (every day from 13.00h to 23.00h), so make sure you go there for a visit! The project behind the pop up, Urbox, focuses on having restaurant pop ups in unexpected places, and you will be seeing a lot more of them around Spain! 

Bodega Cal Pep - Step Back in Time

Bodega Cal Pep - Step Back in Time

ChichaLimoná - Meeting Point in Passeig Sant Joan

ChichaLimoná - Meeting Point in Passeig Sant Joan