Fogó

fogó

fogó

2nd October, 2013

You may remember that I visited Xiringuito Aigua in August, but that it got dark before the food arrived and I didn’t have any pictures to show for it. This visit I thought I should return to Xiringuito Aigua at lunchtime to get some good pictures of the outstanding food.

los encantes skyline

los encantes skyline

However, last Saturday Jordi Marimon (the proprietor) opened a second cabin/tapas bar in the newly refurbished and reopened Los Encantes flea market to great fanfare. Since the food is quite similar at Fogó (burner on a stove), we thought we’d better go and check it out instead.

jordi i albert

jordi i albert

Oli is a good friend of Jordi and his brother Albert (voted the No 1 chef in Cataluña this year) and we got red carpet treatment. Albert said he’d order for us – you can’t get better than that!

cap i pota

cap i pota

First out of the kitchen was Cap I Pota – calf’s head and foot in an unctuous sauce. This is a very traditional Catalan dish and Albert really excelled himself. The meat was beautifully tender and the sauce was thick and sticky.

galtas de porc negre

galtas de porc negre

We also had:

Galtas de Porc Negre – black pig cheeks, slowly braised in a sauce and served on top of mashed potato. We were both of the opinion that the mash contained some celeriac.

brava fogó

brava fogó

Brava Fogó – Albert’s take on patatas bravas – here we have a single fluffy potato with a spicy hot tomato sauce and home made mayonnaise. I love the regular patatas bravas, but this was so much better!

jamón serrano

jamón

Jamón – air dried ham, thinly sliced to perfection and served with

pa amb tomàquet

pa amb tomàquet

Pa Amb Tomàquet – bread rubbed with garlic and tomato, drizzled with olive oil and  sprinkled with salt.

tarta de higo con queso

tarta de higo con queso

Tarta de Higo con Queso – a crunchy fig and cheese tart, straight from the oven.

bou i foie

bou i foie

Just as we finished our lunch, Oli’s friend Lucy arrived with her boss and we got to try more of Albert’s cuisine!

Bou I Foie – medallions of rare beef with slices of foie gras and grain mustard on the side.

pop roquer

pop roquer

Pop Roquer – octopus tentacles on mashed potatoes and celeriac.

gambas de palmós

gambas de palamós

Gambas De Palamós – beautifully sweet prawns from Palamós, which come out of the sea bright red.

tuna sashimi

tuna sashimi

Tuna Sashimi – Japanese raw tuna. Japanese fusion food is becoming quite popular in Spain.

higos frito

higos tempura

And finally Higos Tempura – delicious sweet figs, battered and fried.

I felt like I’d died and gone to heaven – twice in one lunchtime!

suau quim

suau quim

We noticed that Fogó sells a rather unusual drink – Suau Quim. This is a traditional Catalan cola drink, but the real difference in flavour to other colas is the addition of coffee. The taste is quite unusual, it’s distinctly cola and coffee.

marcy and the nomad chef

marcy and the nomad chef

Marcy and the Nomad Chef worked incredibly hard cooking and serving the food. Fogó is part of a row of food bars at Los Encantes and is by far the most busy. I’m sure if it was a sit down restaurant they would have done at least 200 covers this lunchtime!

view from above

view from above

I drank red wine with lunch, since Fogó sells red or white wine and beer, there’s no rosado. Lunch costs about 25€ for 2 people. The average price of each dish is about 4€. Food service finishes at 8pm.

Fogó is at: Mercat dels Encants Fira del Bellcaire 614 – 615, C/ Castillejos 158, 08013 Barcelona

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17 Responses to Fogó

  1. Tessa says:

    What an amazingly delicious lunch!

  2. Ruth says:

    Terrific documenting of a delicious epicurean adventure. Mmmm

  3. Amanda says:

    OMG yum! What a well written piece Mad Dog. You are speaking my language. All of those are versions of my favorite foods!. Pig cheeks and celeriac, tarta de higo,. In two weeks I’m taking a basque cooking class and I just cannot wait! Viva espana!

  4. ChgoJohn says:

    What a feast! Red carpet treatment doesn’t begin to describe the meal that was prepared for you, MD. You won’t be forgetting that lunch for quite some time, if at all. 🙂

  5. expatchef says:

    Sooooo jealous Craig!!!! I can’t wait to go in November, I will definitely go check this out!

    • Mad Dog says:

      I’m sure you will absolutely love it!
      The roof on the new Los Encantes is quite amazing too, though it cost a lot to build. The last time I was there it was in the middle of the freeway and very muddy. I was pleased to see that there are still people selling weird things, such as one left shoe 😉

  6. andreamynard says:

    Blimey what a feast and what a bargain! Lots of ideas for the figs I’m still picking from our tree too.

    • Mad Dog says:

      Thanks Andrea – an amazing feast! There’s nothing better than fresh figs from a tree – I’m glad Fogó has given you some new ideas for them 😉

  7. Oh wow – was looking forward to this post, Methinks we need to change our route and come back via Barcelona!

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