On Tuesday I went to Ófis for lunch with Oli and Silvia. This is a cozy little restaurant with seating for about 30 people max, so I booked in advance by phone. According to Time Out, it is Argentinian/Italian cuisine and highly regarded. The restaurant is situated behind the FilmoTeca de Catalunya, just off the Rambla de Raval.
Ófis has a novel menú del día, as you can see, it looks somewhat like a postcard, with the price corresponding to a postage stamp. One chooses 2 items from the left (in any order), as starter and main course and then 1 from the right for pudding. A beer, glass of wine or soft drink is included (as usual) for €11.90. Note the strong yellow lighting in here.
While we waited for our food, they served us a basket of delicious, home made, corn bread.
Silvia ordered Crema de Verdures i Crostons (cream of vegetable soup with croutons), as her main course.
Oli and I had the Bacallà amb Puré de Patates (fresh cod steak with potato purée) – this was quite a large piece of cod, cooked to perfection with a garlicky sauce to go with the creamy potatoes.
Silvia’s second course was Orecchiette amb Salsa de Formatge i Bolets (Orecchiette with cheese and mushroom sauce) – she was on the vegetable options today.
Again, Oli and I made the same choice – Vacio amb Pebrots Rostits (beef with roasted peppers). This was another hearty course. I’m not sure what the beef was, but I think it was most likely brinsa (or entraña in Spanish), a cut of veal, from the diaphragm muscle – it’s intensely flavoured and as part of a muscle, must be cooked fast on a hot grill or braised slowly (to stop it becoming tough). It’s not obvious from the photo, but this was a big chunk of meat, probably weighing about half a pound. The sauce (as per the cod) was perfectly savoury with the beef, which could be cut with a butter knife.
For pudding we all chose differently. Silvia chose Iogurt amb Mel (yogurt with honey). Quite a popular dessert in Cataluña.
Oli ordered an Apple Crumble – English puddings are in vogue!
The food in Ófis is exceptional, as is the service – lunch was an absolute bargain for €11.90 each!
It can be busy, so do book ahead – Tel: +34 933 29 68 32