DooBop - Cajun Comfort
I fell in love with DooBop the moment I laid my eyes on it. Huge windows and an inviting terrace bid customers welcome, and the entrance is very Instagram-friendly with its high ceiling and plenty of light.
DooBop focuses on Cajun food and does it well. It’s fun and casual, and with many gluten-free options on the menu. Cajun food consists of many fried items, and here they make sure the oil is of good quality and that the temperature is optimal to minimize the absorption so that the flavors stand out.
On the menu you’ll obviously find a Po’Boy, Cajun Fried Chicken, Fried Chicken with Waffles and much more. The chicken is prepared with buttermilk to make it as juicy as possible, and fried in a mixture of corn and rice flour. The chef behind DooBop is Nico Circo, an Argentinian chef who many claim brought the “hipster” concept to Barcelona many years ago when he was behind the menu at Federal. At DooBop he has created a menu unlike anywhere else in the city and it’s very exciting.
We opted for the Vietnamese shrimp with a vinaigrette with chili, garlic, mint, lime and cilantro as one of the starters. I’m a big fan of finger food, so this was right up my alley! We also chose the sticky chicken wings (loved them!) and the patacones: I have an obsession with fried plantain.
For the main dishes we obviously had to try the chicken waffle: a wonderful mix of the sweetness from the maple syrup and the spiciness of the jalapeño. The chicken tacos were superb, packed with fried chicken, sour cream, pickled onion and salsa verde. Make sure you also check out the fried shrimp tacos. The cornbread is served with a chili butter and perfect as a side dish, as are the fried green tomatoes that come with a corn relish. Make sure you check out the daily specials, when we visited they had gumbo on the menu!
For dessert we went for the pecan pie with vanilla ice cream, a perfect ending for a perfect meal. Make sure you have a closer look at the drink menu: I chose their home-made elderflower lemonade but if you have a sweet tooth make sure you don’t miss the dulce de leche milkshake. There are good beer options (including gluten-free beers) and cocktails.
DooBop serves brunch on weekends, with really yummy options where you choose from pancakes, waffles or French Toast and the tasty toppings of your choice (apple, cinnamon and cream anyone?), eggs in different shapes and forms (tacos with scrambled egg, feta cheese and pico de gallo for example), toasts, cornbread with avocado, home-made granola and yoghurt, waffles, cakes and so much more. Comfort food at its finest!
DooBop, Carrer de Sardenya 48, 08005 Barcelona.