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Bodega Borras, Catalan, Eixample – Foodie in Barcelona

The bar at Bodega Borras with the headwaiter within the foreground.

There’s a massive desk in the back of Bodega Borràs for lunch as we speak. Silver-haired prospects, of their ultralight weight puffer jackets, Catalan, from the neighbourhood and due to this fact probably rich. That’s why all of them order the menu del dia. I don’t know what they’re speaking about, perhaps somebody’s cataract surgical procedure however they’ve the convenience of people that know the onerous half is behind them. One of many youthful girls, in her sixties, goes to lean over the bar and asks a query. She surreptitiously rests her hand on the good-looking head waiter’s decrease again earlier than shifting onto his arm and leaving her hand there. I’m going to be that lady I believe.

Subsequent to me one other older couple is seated, they greet me as they sit down. He faces the wall, as is his lot and waits for her to make the choices.
No wine as a result of it’s too early for that (I shrink in my seat).
Is the dish on the menu ready the standard method?
As a result of the standard method comes with cod and he or she doesn’t fancy cod.
Oh, it’s?
Then, no.

The Borràs Gilda with Sorrel, pepper and olive emulsion.

Will probably be the menu del dia for her, she makes her selection, they usually each order the meat with truffled Parmentier potatoes. He visibly relaxes, a soldier dismissed. I postulate, to the glass of wine I’m having fun with too early within the day, that this lady performed the lengthy sport. Maybe the steadiness of energy was completely different in mid-life nevertheless it’s firmly in her lap now.

These Parmentier potatoes towards a sludgy brown puddle of disintegrating onions with gristly ribbons of beef with that cheeky glass of crimson are consolation meals at its greatest. Potatoes make life higher. Truffles infinitely so.

The bar at Bodega Borràs.

By this level, the eating room has stuffed. I’ve volunteered to complete my dessert on the bar to offer a walk-in couple my extra comfy desk. (It’s good to be good.) I ask one other server, this one who hasn’t been groped if the median age is equally elevated at night time. “Oh no,” he smiles, “these are simply our locals who come for lunch, they love the menu del dia.” As do I, I’m prepared for my Catalan citizenship ought to anybody need to bestow it upon me. And I’ll take a well-appointed flat with encaustic flooring tiles.

The wine choice at Bodega Borràs.

I’ve the perception to pay the 4€ surcharge to have the deconstructed Gilda Borràs fashion and I’m pleased with the menu del dia however on my different facet is a younger man in tracksuit bottoms with a backpack who’s taking photos along with his Samsung. He has two oysters, a canelone and a paella for one. All of them look beautiful. I would like his lunch despite the fact that I’m on the dessert a part of my lunch. Later when I’m seated on the bar, my gaze falls on a Jamón leg, Carquiñoles from Sant Quinti, and big jars of home-cured Arbequina olives 11.11.21. Bodega Borràs is equally a spot to take pleasure in a glass of wine and a choice of Catalan charcuterie or cheese. A thoughtfully edited choice of Catalan mains contains Capipota with tripe and 4 chickpeas.

There’s one last factor I’ve to say about Bodega Borràs, the inside. I like the inside. A slim entrance offers solution to an enormous eating room. The lighting is excellent, with puddles of sunshine and swimming pools of darkish. The bar glows white whereas the crimson couch banquettes greedily suck up mild. Wine barrels beautify the far wall. Even the cross-over again straps of the blue aprons over starched white shirts work.

I might be again for dinner if solely to see what the clientele is like at night time and have my wine on the applicable time.

Bodega Borràs
Carrer De Casanova 85

Extra Catalan eating places on the web site:
Embat (05.2018)
Fonda Pepa (03.2021)
Maleducat (01.2022)
Quim de la Boqueria (01.2021)



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