Green Spot - Barcelona
Fascinated by Madrid's artsy Bosco de Lobos, Barcelona's Gats restaurant in Raval, and Barcelona's Gallito on the Barceloneta beach just steps down from the embellished W Hotel, we were hyped to try the Compañia de Lobos' neatly designed instalment, Green Spot. A healthy reference in the city for vegetarians and non vegetarians alike.
Chefs Marcelino Jimenez and Yelel Canas, along with specialist vegetarian cuisine expert Julia Kleist, are the professionals responsible for the incredible array of dishes. Seasonal ingredients are only used here with a wondrous selection of juices. There are indispensable juices with super properties, called 'shots' and alcoholic mixtures of gin quinoa aloe and the sort. Healthy-inspired cocktails...who would have thought possible?
When we first entered from the 'back way', the first thing we can see is the open kitchen before making our way through a wooden tacked passage. The reception desk is identical to a hotel's, with designer lamps and apparatus serenading the extended table. Green Spot's interior is concocted by Brazilian architect Isay Weinfeld; with beautiful arches, vertical gardens, carpets raffia, wood and natural colours used in the interior design. The white-washed arches is reminiscent of old buildings in some of our travels through the Mediterranean. London-based Yotam Ottolenghi is said to be the big inspiration being the Green Spot's inspiration. His mastery has led him to write a selected column called The New Vegetarian and works using a variety of food concepts from so many different countries. Curiously, he isn't a vegetarian himself, but his main focus is the challenging idea of inventing new dishes through vegetarian cooking.
Additionally, food and design is not the only thing keeping Green Spot energising. On Thursdays there is an amazing Cuban musician who sings and plays music throughout the day. As per Barcelona's hefty food scene, brunch is served on Sundays as they serve our favourite whole-wheat pancakes and amazing coconut waffles.
With menu dishes inspired by places from Japan to the Middle East, this new space near Barcelona's beach is the place to be right now. We have been various times and always ask for the muhammara dip of red peppers and walnuts served with pita bread and carrot and celery crudités and the choy bao with tofu and mushrooms, lettuce, vegetables and noodles topped with Korean sauce. Even their complimentary fresh homemade sourdough bread with rye base is to die for. There is an allergy menu section, with dishes highlighted as vegan, raw, gluten-free or lactose-free. Dishes can even be tailor made based on your needs. Seriously, what doesn't this place have?
Green Spot | Veggie for veggies. Veggie for non veggies. | Prices: Average 20 - 25€ per person for an appetiser, main dish and drink | Tues - Sat 13:00 - 16:00 / 20:00 - 00:00 / Sun 13:00 - 16:00 only / Closed Sunday night and Monday all day| Address: Carrer de la Reina Cristina 12, Barcelona, Spain 08003 | Tlf: +34 938 02 55 65 | http://www.encompaniadelobos.com/en/green-spot/ | #thespotbarcelona