Ramen & Art Experience in a Hidden Factory
Recently I had the opportunity to participate in an exceptional event arranged by Eatwith together with hosts Nico and Xavi, in a secret location somewhere in the city. It turned out to be in an old factory building that has been remodeled into a beautiful and intriguing home in the Raval. The location for the experience is absolutely gorgeous. Upstairs you can see the open kitchen, which is attached to an area for smaller, more intimate events. Downstairs is a larger space, wonderfully bohemian with a creaky wooden floor and comfortable sofas.
Japanese and Catalan Fusion
The theme for the event was a fusion between the Japanese and the Catalan culture. As a welcome drink, we received a sake-based sangria, made with local sake makers Kensho. There was also white and red wine to go with the food, and beer by local brewery La Brava.
First, we were served tasty gyozas and dumplings and edamame with olive oil and salt, all with a local touch in flavor. Then came the star of the show: the ramen. There were two different kinds to choose from: one with a fish base (ramen de suquet de peix) and the other, the ramen d’escudella deliciously adorned with truffle.
There were two different tasty desserts served, both with a matcha twist. I’m a huge matcha fan as you know, and the desserts really hit the spot..!
The walls of the space were filled with fantastic gyotaku artwork by talented Margarita Rojas, who has been working together with chef Xavier Morón. Gyotaku is a traditional Japanese form of printing fish, a practice dating back to the mid-1800s. Rojas has created the prints with local fish, and they result was breathtaking.
The experience was very unique, and I really recommend it. The location is intriguing and beautiful, you would never believe that you could find something like this in the middle of the Raval and you feel like you have been transported somewhere completely different for a few hours. The food was very good and the concept is so unique: a fusion between Japanese and Catalan flavours and cultures. The drinks were delicious, and there was a cozy atmosphere to the place.
The next Ramen-A-Nena event takes place March 8th, make sure you sign up fast, for the February event the tickets sold out in a whim. Should you be interested in a more in-depth experience, I recommend you have a look at the gourmet version that is available for private bookings such as such as birthdays, hen nights/bachelor parties or team building events. This dinner also includes a sake and wine pairing.
In the same beautiful space the team organises the so called Chester Nights, where music fusions with plenty of food and drinks, every month with a different theme. In March the theme will be Bossanova with Brazilian fusion food. Here is the link for all the information and to sign up.
The event has been arranged through Eatwith, a platform for local gastronomic talents who create fun and innovative gastronomic experiences in their homes or in unusual locations. I very much recommend you have a look at the website, where you will see all the options. A few examples of the experiences available are Middle Eastern flavors in an old palace, rooftop brunches, a creative dinner in a sculpture workshop, G-Astronomy, Food Design, and Food Tech (doesn’t that sound fascinating?), an interesting Nikkei experience, dinner with live music, yoga brunch and so much more. These are opportunities that are not easy to find anywhere else! Signing up is really easy, and a few days before the event you get all the details. I have joined several experiences already and enjoyed each and every one of them.
There are great options for both visitors and locals, you will have the opportunity to meet new people, and in some of the experiences you can get to cook yourself too! Many of the options can also be booked for private events if you want to find someone to accommodate a larger group of people and do something fun with your friends or colleagues. There are experiences for all kinds of budgets, and for all kinds of tastes!
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This post has been made in collaboration with Eatwith, however the review fully represents the views of Barcelona Food Experience.