Roots & Rolls - Unique Vegan Asian/Japanese Fusion
I had my eye on Roots and Rolls from the day they opened: a fun and different proposal like theirs cannot be missed. They are very unique in Barcelona: Japanese/Asian fusion, all plant based. We really needed something like this in the city!
The restaurant is beautiful inside: a Scandinavian flair on the deco with a minimalist air but plenty of interesting details. I love when a space is divided into different areas like theirs is, it makes it cosy and inviting. They also have a really beautiful private space for groups.
The menu blew my mind. So many fun, elaborate options: these guys don’t take the easy way out and you can see that on the menu..! And everything is so colourful and packed with flavour.
We worked our way through part of the menu and started with cauliflower popcorn with togarashi seasoning and a Roots & Rolls brava sauce. We also had the edamame with soy and dashi and the kimchi, both excellent.
The gyozas at Roots & Rolls are epic. They are filled with sesame, tofu and mushrooms, and I dare you not to lick your plate when you’re done..! Next time I will also try the BBQ Jackfruit Bibimbap, doesn’t it sound intriguing? There are many things on the menu that really caught my eye, I love how there are lots of fun ingredients and interesting dishes that you don’t see anywhere else.
The sushi menu is simply amazing. Actually there’s nothing simple about it. What about the mushroom roll with black quinoa sushi rice, char oyster mushroom, Portobello mushroom, charred Figueres onion, truffle oil duxelles and roasted garlic soya mayo..? Or the Pickly Pear with black rice, pickled daikon, roasted beetroot, sake syrup poached pear, turmeric and pickle ginger sauce and teriyaki walnut? The options are so fascinating, and the presentation so beautiful.
Make sure you leave room for dessert. We had the brownie with coconut ice cream from Delacrem, and we think the photo speaks for itself. Divine! We also tried the chia pudding with coconut milk, berry compote, muesli and fresh forest berries, very fresh and tasty.
Roots & Rolls is such a welcome addition to the food scene in Barcelona, not only for vegans and vegetarians but any hard-core carnivore out there: there are plenty of fun and interesting options for everyone!
Roots & Rolls, Carrer del Consell de Cent 401, 08009 Barcelona. 931 71 79 02.