Viet Kitchen - Vietnamese Comfort

 

I had heard so many people saying so many great things about Viet Kitchen, and I’ve had it on my To Go-list for a long time. A few weeks ago, I finally had the opportunity to go, and it was even more amazing than I had expected.

Viet Kitchen Barcelona. Photo © Barcelona Food Experience.

Viet Kitchen Barcelona. Photo © Barcelona Food Experience.

Two things stand out at Viet Kitchen: the wonderfully comforting and flavorful food, and the unbeatably friendly team. The owners, Hoang (from Vietnam) and Emanuele (from Italy) decided to pack their bags a couple of years ago and open their own Vietnamese street food joint in Barcelona.

Spring Rolls at Viet Kitchen, Barcelona. Photo © Barcelona Food Experience.

Spring Rolls at Viet Kitchen, Barcelona. Photo © Barcelona Food Experience.

If you’re a fan of Banh Mi, this is your place. During lunch, you have 4 different Bahn Mi to choose from, including a vegan version. The Pho is obviously present on the menu, and delicious fresh spring rolls.

Chicken Lemongrass Skewers at Viet Kitchen, Barcelona. Photo © Barcelona Food Experience.

Chicken Lemongrass Skewers at Viet Kitchen, Barcelona. Photo © Barcelona Food Experience.

But there is so much more to the menu than the classics. I am a big fan of lemongrass, and when I saw the minced chicken on a lemongrass skewer, I went straight for it. It was served with lettuce and a sweet chili sauce, and it was so wonderfully tender and flavorful. My mouth is literally watering when I’m writing this.

Spicy Beef Noodle Soup at Viet Kitchen, Barcelona. Photo © Barcelona Food Experience.

Spicy Beef Noodle Soup at Viet Kitchen, Barcelona. Photo © Barcelona Food Experience.

As the main course, I chose a spicy beef noodle soup that originates from Hue in central Vietnam, but I also had my eye on the Vietnamese pancakes and the fish with a secret sauce (Hoang’s mum’s secret recipe). The menu has plenty of exciting options (including great vegan and gluten-free ones) and makes it the kind of place that you want to go back to and work your way through the menu.

Tapioca and Banana Pudding at Viet Kitchen, Barcelona. Photo © Barcelona Food Experience.

Tapioca and Banana Pudding at Viet Kitchen, Barcelona. Photo © Barcelona Food Experience.

For dessert, I opted for a warm tapioca pudding with banana and coconut cream, such a comforting finish to a wonderful meal. I’m very curious about the Viet Kitchen signature dessert: an explosion of cream, pandan and coconut, doesn’t it sound intriguing?

Viet Kitchen is the kind of place where you’ll feel so welcome and taken care of, and where the food is equally comforting (and delicious!). I can’t wait to go back.

Viet Kitchen, Carrer Aribau 137, Barcelona (Eixample).