On Wednesday I had lunch with Julia and Nookie in Barcelona. They took me to a charming bar called La Coqueta. Julia particularly likes this place because they cater for carnivores and vegetarians.
The shape of the bar is typically Catalan/Spanish – it’s a long thin space with windows in the door. This is to keep the heat out during the long hot summer. There are several tables outside under a large red umbrella, but it was windy, so we sat inside.
As we sat down, I couldn’t help noticing some delicious looking baked apples on the counter.
Vi rosat was ordered, como siempre! This was the house wine and was quite drinkable.
Nookie ordered amanida amb tomàquet i mozzarella as her starter – mozzarella and tomato salad.
Julia had creme de carbassa, sálvia – cream of pumpkin soup with sage.
Nookie ordered bullit de verdures – mixed, boiled vegetables, sprinkled with almonds. I noticed a bit of vegetable and risotto sharing going on between my companions.
My main course was brinsa de vedella a la planxa, served with fried potatoes and onions – brinsa (or entraña in Spanish) is a cut of veal, from the diaphragm muscle (there are two per animal). It used to be discarded, but an influx of Argentinian and Uruguayan restaurants have made it popular. Brinsa is intensely flavoured and as part of a muscle, must be cooked fast on a hot grill or braised slowly (to stop it becoming tough). Here it was cooked on the plancha with a chimichurri sauce. It was quite tender and delicious – I’d definitely order it again!
For pudding, Julia ordered cherries.
Nookie and I both ordered pom al forn – those fabulous baked apples, I noticed on my way in.
No lunch is complete without a carajillo de cognac, for courage and an energy boost – I had a lot of food shopping to do later on.
As you can see, the bill for three of us came to €39.20. We were very well looked after here and I will definitely be coming back.