November 23rd, 2011
Sésamo Bar y Comida sin Bestias, is an organic, vegetarian restaurant in El Raval, just next to Sant Antoni Metro. Sésamo translates as sesame, and comida sin bestias, means food without beasts. The food is so good, that even I might go here to eat…
There are very few vegetarian restaurants in Spain – when I lived in Barcelona, 20 years ago, I doubt there were any. Back then, after a two month diet of tortilla and salad, my vegetarian girlfriend started eating meat!
Oli and I, had a rendezvous in Sésamo, with Alfredo, the Argentinian proprietor and chef, who’d promised to help us with food for the Homage to Cataluña shoot on Saturday. The restaurant was busy, so we sat at the bar and drank a bottle of Rosado, while Alfredo finished the dinner service.
We were sent a couple of dishes to keep us entertained while we waited – the first being a delicious beetroot risotto, sprinkled with parmesan. Alfredo has a very interesting approach to his menus – each week he chooses a vegetable and then produces a variety of dishes based upon that theme.
especially when topped with Bourbon foam,
from the foam machine. I seem to remember asking if the foamer could be used to make allioli foam and the answer was yes, but not for deserts!
One more bottle down and mission accomplished – we moved on…
Alfredo does an 8 course, tapas menu (including wine) for €25 (minimum 2 people), plus à la carte and individual tapas. You don’t need to take my word for it that it’s good food here, there are plenty of great independent recommendations.