The restaurant is just off the Rambla de Poblenou and 5 minutes from the beach. It’s also just opposite Vell Poblenou, which similarly does a great menú del día. The layout is typical of a small Spanish restaurant – a window and door at the front with very little other daylight – this keeps the place cooler on a hot summer’s day. The kitchen and bar are at the back on the left. Quinua has about 11 tables inside and another 5 or 6 in the secluded courtyard at the rear.
As you can see above, the lunchtime menú is very good value and includes starter, main, pudding, bread and a drink for €11. I believe this establishment is run by a husband and wife team – he cooks and she serves the customers. I noticed a new family addition (to the side at the back), watching it’s mum and dad attending to the diners – I saw a couple of high chairs tucked away in a corner, so I believe it’s a family orientated locale (quite common in Spain).
We ordered the same starters and mains, commencing with a delicious arroz meloso con frutos del mar – a sticky rice (not unlike risotto) with fruits of the sea.
The main course was atún en lalaki con ensalada – a beautiful piece of seared tuna marinated in (I believe) fermented coconut sap (or sugar cane) with salad. I ordered mine pink in the middle.
For pudding I had my favourite, crema catalana – the Catalan equivalent of crème brûlée, containing orange or lemon zest and cinnamon. Like Trinity burnt cream, crema catalana is traditionally branded to burn the sugar and not heated with a blow torch.
I drank vi rosat with my lunch, while the others had beer.
As usual, I finished my meal with a carajillo de cognac.