La Carmanyola

la carmanyola

la carmanyola

I was in Poblenou again today for lunch with friends. We went a couple of streets off the beaten track and main Rambla de Poblenou to La Carmanyola (Catalan for the Lunchbox). It’s somewhat unassuming but known locally for good food, so we were lucky to get the last empty table inside. There is a terrace outside, but we were far to late at 2.30, to land a table there.

menú del dia

menú del dia

The four of us were handed little tickets with the menú del dia printed on them, somewhat like till receipts. As you can see, it was a choice of three courses with a drink for €11 each.

lentejas pardinas

lentejas pardinas

I ordered the Lentejas Pardinas to start – a Spanish brown lentil which has a regulatory council responsible for a guarantee of origin and quality. These pardina lentils (also known as Franciscan lentils) are often cooked with a piece of chorizo, tomatoes, onions, garlic, green peppers etc. If you look closely, you will see a small piece of chorizo above my spoon.

ensalada de fresas

ensalada de fresas

Adrian and Julia ordered Ensalada de Fresas – a pretty salad made with strawberries.

arroz a la habana

arroz a la habana

Gepe ordered Arroz a la Habana, also known as Arroz a la Cubana (Cuban Rice) – this is a popular rice dish in Spanish speaking countries. Apparently it comes from Peru or the Philippines and not Cuba. Normally (though there are a lot of variations) this dish contains rice, tomato sauce, a fried egg and a plantain or banana. Here there’s the addition of a slice of bacon on top. I tried this once, but it’s not my kind of dish. I am of the school of thought (or is that taste) that thinks fried egg and tomato (and that includes baked beans) must be kept apart on the plate, ideally there should be a barrier of sausage and bacon between the two. Regardless, this is quite a formidable starter!

boqueron andaluza

boqueron andaluza

I had Boqueron Andaluza for my main course – these are small anchovies dredged in flour and deep fried, served with a slice of lemon, much like whitebait. These came with fries and a little pot of allioli (an emulsion of garlic and olive oil) on the side.

bistec de girona

bistec de girona

The others ordered Bistec de Girona – steak and fries. I assume from the name that it’s beef from Girona.

tarta semifria de limon

tarta semifria de limon

I was going to order a carajillo and skip pudding, but was told I could have pudding or coffee but a carajillo would be off piste.

carajillo

carajillo

So I thought if I had to pay for a coffee with brandy I might as well have the pudding and pay extra, which is generally only €1.50 – €2. I don’t remember the price here, but it was suitably cheap and came with the usual large shot of brandy on top of the espresso! The Tarta Semifria de Limon – chilled lemon tart, was very good.

vino tinto

vino tinto

We drank the house vino tinto (Legítimo from Cariñena) with lunch – there was no rosado here, but the red (tinto) came chilled. Gepe drank his wine with Gaseosa (far left in the photo), a fizzy lemon drink, somewhere between lemonade and fizzy water. Gaseosa is popularly mixed with wine or beer, especially when it’s very hot.

interior

interior

We enjoyed good food and excellent service at La Carmanyola – I’ll be back, especially since I’ve heard they do a good paella!

La Carmanyola is at: Plaça de Julio González, 3, 08005 Barcelona.

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12 Responses to La Carmanyola

  1. EhaEha says:

    *huge smile* Off to lunch myself at the time this landed in the box in hot, hot E Australia 🙂 ! Well, if you can stand a fifth at the table, may I order the salad and the anchovies please, and I’ll happily pay the extra for the ‘ends’!! Kind’of amused at some of the i’national menu and ‘weeping copious tears’ at the place not serving rosada for you !!!! Thanks for another one on my Catalan menu!!

    • Mad Dog says:

      Ha ha – some consider rosado to be a new fangled invention and not correct – it’s a good job I don’t mind tinto! In London an espresso with a large shot of brandy would cost at least £7 – if they charged double in Barcelona it would still be very cheap and the Arroz Cubano was practically a full meal in itself. Viva España y Cataluña tambien 🙂

  2. Sounds amazing. Good choices by you. What a predicament! No carajillo! But what you got was basically a carajillo and you got the desert too. Wonderful feasting. Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

  3. MD – YES, Viva España y Cataluña tambien!!:) look at the wine label, “nearly” my name….I close my eyes and have a glass. Go on – have a wonderful time. Carina

    • Mad Dog says:

      Hi Carina – it’s nearly your name, but not quite a constellation in the southern sky, like you, but the village Cariñena dates back to Roman times and maybe the name is relative 🙂

  4. Another perfect menú! That’s how I make my lentejas at home with our home made chorizo 😀

  5. Sounds fabulous…..you must be going backwards and forwards to Barcelona on a shuttle! Have a fab Christmas, MD and let’s hope the world remains more or less sane in 2017:)

  6. Karen says:

    I guess the banana or plantain give the dish it’s name. I’m with you…eggs should go with bacon or sausage.

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