Honest Greens - Healthy and Sustainable
Honest Greens has already established itself since some time in Madrid as a mecca for those who love good, healthy food. I visited it on my last trip and loved it, and was delighted when I saw they were going to open in Barcelona.
The idea for Honest Greens came from three friends: an American, a Dane and a Frenchman, all with a dream of creating a place that offers innovative, affordable AND healthy dishes. They want their food to be real, without preservatives, additives and refined sugars, and buying from local producers and artisans that use sustainable methods. Congratulations guys, you’ve nailed it.
Honest Greens in Barcelona has opened in a very central location, on Rambla Catalunya just next to Plaza Catalunya. The space is big (check out downstairs too!) and beautifully decorated. Right by the entrance you have a coffee corner that prepares specialty coffee and offers healthy indulgences (without any refined sugars) that go far beyond any boring energy balls that we are used to seeing.
Once you step inside you see the kitchen and everything that’s on offer on the menu. Choose your protein (including plant-based options) and your sides, pay and you’re good to go, your dishes will be brought to your table. The options on the menu are excellent and have clear indications for what is gluten free, plant-based, paleo and similar. What particularly attracted me was the quality: the beef just to name an example is roasted in a Josper oven!
What also impressed me was how they have taken the local ingredients into account: in their specials I noticed they had calçots as a seasonal dish. The dishes and the sides in general are exciting and fun, such as the sweet potato with plant-based creme fraiche, herbs and toasted sesame, hummus with sumak crudités, a whole (!) cauliflower head prepared in the Josper with tahini and parsley, braised carrots with fresh dill, toasted almonds and a plant-based special sauce, home-made falafels, grass-fed beef and so much more.
The drinks list is also interesting, there is a flavoured water bar with a free refill, where the water is prepared with reverse osmosis. They infuse the waters with fruits, herbs and honey, and change with the seasons. There are cold-pressed juices, craft beer (all of the beers on tap are made in Barcelona), kombucha on tap and wines.
The desserts are just as fun. There is an apple-almond crumble, also prepared in the Josper oven, a chocolate-tahini tartlet that looks like a beautiful piece of dessert art, a raw white and dark chocolate cake that I absolutely loved, and much more.
Honest Greens also offers breakfasts in the morning: toasts (pear and lemon ricotta anyone?), pancakes (gluten free almond butter pancakes with plant-based sour cream) and bowls such as protein-power overnight oats, plant-based yoghurt and more. Sounds interesting, right?
You know I am a fan of the small entrepreneurs, but I have to say that this concept really has nailed it in so many ways. Healthy food can be fun and interesting, and kind on the wallet, too!
Honest Greens, Rambla de Catalunya 3, 08007 Barcelona