I was in Madrid, walking down the street, minding my own business, when I suddenly could smell cheese. I love cheese, so I suspected it was some smelly mirage. I turned my head and saw an amazing cheese shop, packed with what looked like hundreds of different kinds of cheeses. AND they had a restaurant too! We have to eat there, I thought. Unfortunately we didn’t have time to go back. But then one sunny spring day I read about Poncelet Cheese Bar that had opened recently in Barcelona. As a cheese lover it obviously caught my attention, and I thought the name sounded familiar. And of course, it was the same place I had seen in Madrid!
I was somewhat suspicious when I saw that it had opened inside a hotel, and occupied a very large space. The location isn’t exactly a restaurant hub either. But well, let’s give it a try, I thought.
And I can tell you, this place is cheese heaven. You get a long, long, long list of cheeses from Spain and elsewhere. Everything is classified to how strong they are, if they’re pasteurized or not, country of origin etc. There are plenty of other items on the menu too, many of them which contain cheese, but several that don’t. You have very clear indications of allergens in each dish, which is very helpful for those that have allergies complicating their lives. And they have really good gluten-free bread, but order it right when you arrive so the kitchen can start preparing it, it takes some time to get ready (and it’s warm when it arrives!).
If you order a cheese platter (you can choose between ready-made sets of cheeses or you can pick out the cheeses yourself) the cheese master comes over to explain the details of each cheese. I love this! And you get a little paper with the characteristics. There are also many different kinds of fondues and raclettes available for the lovers of warm cheese. There is a large cheese cave in the back, if you want to have a peek (from the outside) what’s on offer.
And don't forget the desserts! Just look at this chocolate beauty: