Encercle - Food to Make You Feel Welcome

 

Encercle is a new, casual restaurant in Barcelona that takes food seriously, but with a warm and welcoming approach. The owner Martí García has dedicated many years to the restaurant business, and wanted to open a place that would make everybody feel welcome: neighbors, visitors, businessmen, students, the young and the old. The staff is wonderfully friendly and will make you feel right at home.

Encercle, Barcelona. Photo © Barcelona Food Experience

Encercle, Barcelona. Photo © Barcelona Food Experience

The restaurant is divided into many different areas, something I particularly like: you don’t have to feel you’re sitting in the middle of a big hall when you’re eating. Here you have a few seats by the large window, by the bar, and comfortable tables scattered around the restaurant. There is also a sidewalk seating for those who prefer to sit outside.

Encercle, Barcelona. Photo © Barcelona Food Experience

Encercle, Barcelona. Photo © Barcelona Food Experience

Encercle opens early in the morning and doesn’t close its shutters until late at night. In the morning they serve breakfast and brunch with brioche toasts, yogurt and granola, and more substantial dishes such as Eggs Benedict with their own special pancakes, burgers and more.

Encercle, Barcelona. Photo © Barcelona Food Experience

Encercle, Barcelona. Photo © Barcelona Food Experience

Encercle, Barcelona. Photo © Barcelona Food Experience

Encercle, Barcelona. Photo © Barcelona Food Experience

For lunch and dinner, you will find a menu that is focused on local specialties, and dishes with deep-rooted tradition, in some cases even tracing back to Medieval times. Chef Diego Solier is passionate about his food and shares how he loves to take ancient recipes and make them his own. One of their (very charming) specialties are the “cercles”: small brioche buns with exciting fillings such as fried squid with chive and lime aioli. Perfect for sharing for when you’re out with friends and looking for a tasty snack.

Cercles at Encercle, Barcelona. Photo © Barcelona Food Experience

Cercles at Encercle, Barcelona. Photo © Barcelona Food Experience

Cured salmon at Encercle, Barcelona. Photo © Barcelona Food Experience

Cured salmon at Encercle, Barcelona. Photo © Barcelona Food Experience

We loved every single dish we tried and were very surprised with the presentation of each dish and the flavors. First out were the Cercles: one with pulled pork and purple onion and another one with fried squid, both so tasty. Brioche buns are such a great invention, don’t you think? From there we continued to the salmon that is marinated with beets and gravlax. This dish was fantastic, I’m not sure if I have had anything similar here in Barcelona. Coming from the north I’m quite picky with my salmon, and here they nailed it.

Oxtail at Encercle, Barcelona. Photo © Barcelona Food Experience

Oxtail at Encercle, Barcelona. Photo © Barcelona Food Experience

The next dish was oxtail with a potato parmentier. Absolutely fantastic. The oxtail has been stewed for 16 (!) hours, and I wish I could transmit the flavor to you. You just have to try it..! Another must try is the “presa ibérica Joselito” that is served with a parsnip and lime parmentier. Next up was a very traditional recipe is the “butifarra esparracada”: a butifarra sausage that comes with asparagus, mushrooms, and green onion. Equally delicious. For dessert, we chose a delicate Tocinillo de Cielo with Chantilly, the perfect way to end a lovely meal.

Butifarra Esparracada at Encercle, Barcelona. Photo © Barcelona Food Experience

Butifarra Esparracada at Encercle, Barcelona. Photo © Barcelona Food Experience

Presa ibérica Joselito at Encercle, Barcelona. Photo © Barcelona Food Experience

Presa ibérica Joselito at Encercle, Barcelona. Photo © Barcelona Food Experience

It’s so refreshing to see restaurants like these opening, where the chef is so passionate, and the owner wants to make tasty, beautiful and elaborate dishes accessible to everyone. The food is wonderful and affordable, and the place is casual and inviting. I loved it, I hope you will too.

Encercle, Carrer de Còrsega 372, 08037 Barcelona

This post has been made in collaboration with Encercle restaurant, however the review fully represents the views of Barcelona Food Experience.