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15/02/2016

Cornered! Pop into La Esquina for a cuppa and a bite when the mood strikes

 

La Esquina
Carrer de Bergara 2
08002 Barcelona
www.laesquina.com

Once upon a time, grabbing a bite around the clock was challenging in this town. Breakfast, lunch and dinner hours were set in stone, and a tummy rumble or parched throat ten minutes either side of these times left you at the mercy of the nearest vending machine.
These days, Barcelona’s grazing spots and watering holes are heeding visitors’ demands to munch, brunch and drunch, when their fancy takes.

 Located near Plaça Catalunya, where side street meets main avenue, La Esquina (The Corner) is a soulful, up-beat eatery that serves ethically sourced, lovingly prepared food and drinks from breakfast till bedtime. Founder, indie chef Alan Stewart, hails from London, and believes that rules are made to be broken and rumours, to be dispelled – like the urban legend that you can’t get an original, wholesome bite on Barcelona’s aorta! La Esquina’s lunch specials vary daily. A choice of three starters and mains, plus a drink and dessert/coffee will set you back €15. Ponder broccoli, anchovy and dill salad, or carrot soup with mustard, followed by roast beef on toast, or lamb shoulder with potatoes. Spiced couscous with aubergine, raisins and pistachios, or pearl barley, leek, thyme, feta and hazelnuts will put a smile on herbivores’ faces. And all that’s just half of Tuesday’s midday menu!

Coffee-lovers that feel capsules go against the grain will find solace at the coffee bar, and a fountain of knowledge in its barista. Making the perfect cup of Joe is ritual and raison-d’être for Louis, who loves nothing better than loading up his Marzocco coffee machine with the weekly selection of sustainable, fair-trade beans. ‘Course, La Esquina also boasts a hearty selection of pastries and homemade cakes and tarts.

Weekend brunch includes everything you’ve ever imagined possible with eggs and toast, plus other bold combos, like poached eggs with avocado, goat cheese and dill. Kedgeree (a stranger in these parts), a meatball sub with provolone and tomato sauce and the exquisite* smoked salmon, toasts and homemade butter (*verified by DestinationBCN team). And, if your bloomers still haven’t burst, you can treat yourself to pancakes with pear, apple and caramel sauce. Fear not if you’re in town midweek: many of the brunch sandwiches are also available all day Monday to Friday.
L’Esquina’s a la carte evening menu is a fitting finale: sea bass with puree of ceps, chestnuts and pumpkin, mussels with bacon, cabbage and cider, or cauliflower, sage and almond risotto are among the dishes sure to make your taste buds blossom – if not stand up and downright applaud.

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