Vell Poblenou

vell poblenou

vell poblenou

Nookie was working in Poblenou today and I had a meeting there in the afternoon, so it seemed like a good idea to meet up for lunch. I reminded Oli that we’d had a good paella in Poblenou a couple of years ago and he found an article on Vell Poblenou which stated that Thursday is paella day on the menú del dia – we were in luck!

catalan menu

catalan menu

Vell Poblenou is an unassuming local restaurant, with tables outside in a quiet, pedestrianised street. It’s owned by chef José Luis Sánchez and his son runs the bar, while his daughter looks after the diners (a true family affair). You will see from the menú del dia (above) that it does a very well priced 3 course lunch, with wine or beer for €9.75.

olivas

olivas

On arrival, we were presented with olives and pickled cauliflower as a little addition to the menú – on the house, is always a welcome touch.

vi rosat

vi rosat

We were early, so ordered some rosado, while we perused the menú and waited for Debbie and Nookie.

arròs a la paella

arròs a la paella

Three of us ordered arrós a la paella (rice like paella). It’s worth noting here that the cooking style and ingredients in a paella are quite specific. This can cause a lot of argument (see the heated comments here), so dishes that are not to strict specifications are regarded as a type of rice and not a paella. Purists will tell you it must be the correct rice, ingredients, socorrat, pan, wood fire and definitely no chorizo! The rice here was very good indeed. Oli found this El Pais article on English celebrity chefs mucking up paella and other Spanish foods – it’s quite entertaining.

tomàquet i formatge feta

tomàquet i formatge feta

Nookie had a salad of tomáquet i formatge feta a la Provençal (Provençal style tomato and feta),

nookie's prawn

nookie’s prawn

but she showed us all how to suck the brains from the head of a prawn – Anthony Bourdain would approve!

churrasco amb patates

churrasco amb patates

Oli and I had churrasco amb patates i ximixurri (churrasco with potatoes and chimichurri sauce) as our main courses. Churrasco generally means grilled meat, here, short cut beef ribs, with a mix of meat and fat giving them great flavour. We were offered a choice of potatoes and the chimichurri (on the side) is an Argentinian sauce of parsley, garlic, olive oil, oregano, chilli and red wine vinegar – the name itself is probably from the Basque word tximitxurri, meaning a mixture of things. I believe Nookie had the seitò fresc fregit (fresh anchovies, deep fried) – the picture escaped my camera’s attention, along with Debbie’s salmon…

postre

postre

I believe all or most of us had the above cake for pudding – it had a soft sponge base with a thin layer of egg custard, topped with dried fruit and nuts in gelatine. I’m not a pudding person, but this was excellent!

carajillo

carajillo

Finally, we had carajillos to keep us going through the afternoon!

We’d had 3 bottles of wine and a bottle of cava, so expected to pay a bit more on top of the €9.75 price of the set menu, however, when the bill came we ended up paying about €12 each. Astonishing and definitely a restaurant to visit again! Our waitress was exceptionally friendly and we were very well looked after.  It’s also worth mentioning that Vell Poblenou is just off the bottom of the Rambla de Poblenou and less than 5 minutes from the sea.

Vell Poblenou is at: C/ Taulat, 95 08005 Barcelona.

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18 Responses to Vell Poblenou

  1. I like that cut of ribs. Have to look for some at the German butcher!

  2. Eha says:

    Thank you dear Teacher: my notebook is getting quite pleasantly rich with food facts Spanish, or should I say, Barcelona 🙂 ! Interesting choices for all of you at prices I am beginning to believe are true [twelve euros for THAT feast ?] but the reason this post will go into my special file is that article about paella: oops, it seems I was a true tourist until today, ’cause I sort’of have always expected seafood in my paellas and have cooked them the same at home! So chicken and rabbit and snails if you can get them 🙂 ! The article is SO interesting and I am half-way thru’ the comments with work absolutely yelling at me . . . but I’ll go back and read each one later ! Thanks heaps as usual !!!

    • Mad Dog says:

      Thanks Eha – I felt really sorry for the writer of that paella article (though she did make a few obvious mistakes to start with) – the purists had a field day, but one can see from the comments how even they can’t agree on what should be in a real paella 🙂

  3. Michelle says:

    Dog, you do know how to live!

  4. Nadia says:

    That is what I call a great deal! Even here in rural France, we would never get a meal with 3 bottles of wine and cava and coffee for anywhere near that price. It looked and sounded like a good lunch indeed.

    • Mad Dog says:

      Thanks Nadia – it does seem a bit cheap even by Barcelona standards. Generally half a bottle of wine is part of the menú and a carajillo is sometimes included as regular coffee. That leaves another bottle of wine and a bottle of cava for €8 – which is just about possible, but ridiculously cheap. I will definitely go back 🙂

  5. Karen says:

    You really do know how to pick your restaurants…what an incredible price for that nice meal.

  6. Yay for paella day! We bought our paella burner over from Spain this time so I need to organise a paella lunch for the family soon! I love churrasco and that one looms great. Am off to read the El Pais article. Maybe I can also find it in Spanish for Big Man. Lovely to see you on Friday and glad the snails worked out!

  7. Great post, MD…loved the links to El Pais et al….Jenny and I keep saying we should spend a little time in Barcelona….I’ll have to have a briefing from you before we go:)

    • Mad Dog says:

      Thanks Roger – that El Pais article is hilarious, you would think that some top chefs would do a bit of research. Do visit Barcelona, I’m sure you’d both love it 🙂

  8. ChgoJohn says:

    Under €10 for that lunch? Unbelievable! I had to laugh when I read ” … English celebrity chefs mucking up paella and other Spanish foods …” You’ve not lived until you’ve sat in a room with Zia as she watches one of our celebrity chefs “improve” a classic Italian dish. Even if you don’t understand a work of Italian, you’ll know exactly what she’s saying. 🙂

    • Mad Dog says:

      Thanks John. I bet it’s very entertaining listening to Zia comment on the chefs. I’m sure they do a very good job of ruining Italian cuisine too 😉

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