La Boucherie - So Hip, Cool and Halal
I knew La Boucherie was going to be something interesting. I knew it! Already the logo looked promising, as the shop front. It opened just three months ago, and now I finally had the opportunity to try it out.
Many years ago the father of Rachid El Haskouri opened a halal butcher shop in the Born. Rachid worked in the shop and soon became an expert too on the trade. Not long ago he decided to open his own butcher shop and restaurant. What an excellent idea! At first the place was meant to be take-away only, but the customers lingered and wanted to eat right there, right away. So the decision was made to place tables and chairs for the customers so that they could enjoy the food with no rush.
All the meat is halal, and the owner carefully chooses the producers (all Spanish) to ensure that the meat is of highest quality. The halal way of slaughtering is also said to make the meat particularly tender and flavourful. Their specialty is the lamb leg, prepared in a wood-fire oven for hours.
We had first lamb chops, and they were amazingly tender and juicy and perfectly grilled. Equally juicy, if not even more, was the second dish. A skirt steak; a cut that is not very easy to work with, but these guys know what they do. Perfection. From there we moved on to a T-bone steak that we shared between three (the photo on the top of this post). The chuletón as we know it in Spanish can be found in restaurants around the city, but this one was excellent, wonderfully aged to give it spunk. There was aioli to be had together with the meats, but even though I'm a huge fan I preferred to ignore it and just appreciate the flavour from the meat, it was too delicious to mix with anything.
For dessert Rachid prepared an authentic Moroccan mint tea for us, and it was perfection. Thick fresh mint leaves (he said right now is the best season for mint) with a hint of sugar.
La Boucherie is equally HOT as its wood-fire oven and grill. It is so fantastically hip and cool because it has no idea it is. A halal butcher shop for goodness sakes, where you can eat the meat straight from the grill! Go there before the crowds find it (lucky for us it is a bit hidden away) and you will thank yourself for it.
IN A NUTSHELL
Atmosphere: The space is really small but sufficient for a good lunch or dinner.
Recommended: A difficult choice because everything is made with a lot of love and care. You cannot go wrong with anything really.
Specifics: The meat is halal and of excellent quality. You can also have the meat to go, prepared or the cuts you wish if you are planning to prepare the meat yourself. There is no alcohol served but you can find plenty of places close by to have pre- and post drinks!
Reservations: A good idea to give them a call and check for availability.
Carrer del Fonollar 6, Barcelona