Debutis - Innovating Traditional Botifarras
In an Eixample street corner newcomer Debutis has opened its doors, presenting a fun concept: the traditional, local yumminess that is the Botifarra sausage. Usually, you go outside the city to find the outstanding ones, but Debutis wanted to bring them to the city, and make the experience unique, too.
The space is small but very charming, downstairs you can sit by the bar and upstairs you’ll find a few tables. Snatch the one by the window to see the world pass by. In the kitchen downstairs, there is a Josper grill that is running warm all day: the aroma that the charcoal grill gives to the dishes is unbeatable.
The botifarra sausage might be traditional, but the concept of Debutis is innovative. They have many different botifarra sandwiches to choose from, and they all come with fresh flatbread from award-winning nearby bakery Forn Sant Josep, and toppings to boot. The star on the menu is de Debutis one, that has a slightly spicy touch and is served with caramelized onion and roasted garlic aioli sauce.
We loved the Cheesebuti that comes with three different kinds of cheese (Emmental, Roquefort, and Cheddar), crunchy onion, and their signature sauce. The Moruna is very interesting too, it is made with Moorish smoked spices, grilled fennel, crunchy onion, melted Cheddar cheese, and yellow curry sauce. There are 9 different sandwich options (including a vegan version), and a changing, seasonal botifarra sandwich. I loved how elaborate and exciting they make the botifarra sandwiches, they become true delicacies!
Should you want to skip the bread and go straight to the brochette, go for it. There are two different versions (a signature one and a chicken one), or if you prefer to double it up and choose any two botifarras, sides and sauces to make it your own.
There is also a salad section with three different options and many tasty sides. I particularly loved the bravas that come triple-cooked and are adorned with aioli and harissa sauce. I could have eaten bowls of it.
The ember-grilled leek is also worth trying, it comes topped with nuts, dried tomato, and curry sauce. It is beautifully presented and tastes fantastic. We also loved the Eixample “bombas” made with potato, botifarra mince, chipotle sauce, and crunchy kale. For dessert make sure to order the “Merienda,” chocolate on bread with olive oil and salt, made Debutis style.
Debutis is friendly, cool and pays homage to a local classic that is the botifarra sausage. I love places like this, where they focus on something and do it really good. Debutis: you’ve done it!
Debutis, Carrer de Balmes 79 (Eixample).
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