La Esquina does an unusual set lunchtime menu, called a Menú Combi (see above) for €15.
The idea is that one orders a single meat or fish dish, along with two items from the rest of the menú combi – soup, salad, pasta or grain. These items come together on a single large plate.
As per a menú del dia, the Menú Combi includes bread, wine, beer or water, plus pudding and coffee. The bread was a superior sourdough and the oil and vinegar (on every Catalan restaurant table) here were exceptionally good.
The restaurant was busy and seemed very popular with young Catalans and their babies. Alan is hard at work plating up, on the right.
I was reminded of the Small Faces, when the bill arrived in an old Ogden’s tobacco tin.
The food and service here were excellent, but personally, I’d prefer to have the starter and main course separated. I wanted to eat the soup first, but it was obvious that it would stay hotter longer than the hake, so I ate the fish first.