I woke up and found myself in Barcelona …again! After pinched myself several times to make sure I wasn’t dreaming, I received a call from Nookie, asking me to meet her for lunch at Joanet.
I’ve covered Joanet a few times before, but not since 2013. It is an old school, Catalan restaurant in El Born (run by 3 generations of the same family) quite close to Santa Maria del Mar. The weekday lunchtime menu is still €11 for 3 courses with bread and wine or beer (there’s a €2 supplement for sitting outside). The restaurant is located in a quiet square and the food is great, so one must arrive by 1.30 or be prepared to wait for a table.
Nookie had a thick vegetable soup – note the drizzle of olive oil on top.
My main course was a thin cut pork chop in a Gorgonzola sauce, with chips. The bright yellow colour of the chips is down to using red potatoes. I first came across red Désirée Potatoes in Spain in the 1990s – they are excellent for chips and very good in tortillas.
Nookie ordered her favourite main course – grilled asparagus. This is fresh Spanish asparagus, in season now – a few months before the UK. I’d looked in at the Boqueria, on my way to Joanet and marveled at the amazing local spring vegetables on sale, such as artichokes, broad beans and tomatoes.
For pudding I had crema catalana – they do a very good one here.
Nookie had mel i mató, fresh cheese with honey drizzled on top.
They don’t do rosado here, so I had red wine, which is decanted from the barrel into a stoppered 500ml bottle and served chilled.
…and of course, I had a carajillo to keep me going through the afternoon!
The food, continues to be of a very high standard, the owners are charming and Joanet is still extremely popular. It’s nice to see that the only thing that has changed is the toilets, which have been renovated. The restaurant is closed on Thursdays and stays open in the evenings on Fridays and Saturdays.