Barcelona is hailed as a vegan paradise because many restaurants here offer vegan options. At this time, HappyCow lists 124 vegan and vegetarian-friendly restaurants in Barcelona. If you can afford to eat out often, you’d never get bored!
I can’t try many of these places because of my budget and more importantly, most vegan options at restaurants are decidedly not HCLF-friendly. On the contrary, they tend to be high in fat and too processed for my liking. Also, the portions are much smaller than I’m used to!
If I am going to eat out, I’m more interested in smoothie and juice bars, or any restaurant that offers raw options. Fortunately, Barcelona has plenty of these. (Thanks, HappyCow!)
Today I had lunch at Petit Brot, an entirely organic and raw vegan café located a few blocks from La Rambla, close to La Boqueria Market. Petit Brot is primarily a juice and smoothie bar but they serve breakfast, brunch, and a daily menu every day. They even offer grab-and-go portions of raw crackers, hummus, pâtés, desserts, and almond milk.
I ordered their menú del día which included a soup, entree, and dessert for €15.95. This sounds expensive but it’s reasonably priced considering everything is organic, hand-made, and fresh.
Today’s soup was a chilled green soup: blended kale, cucumber, celery, spinach, avocado and a little garlic, topped with sprouts, hemp seed, and a drizzle of oil. I’ve never been a chilled soup person but I liked this one! Imagine a green smoothie but savoury instead of sweet. It was refreshing on a hot day like today.
For my entree, I had a choice between pesto zucchini noodles or wee burger patties, so I opted for the patties since I’ve never had raw burgers before. These were tasty but not something I could eat every day. I’d rather eat more salad, to be honest! The patties were mainly comprised of mushrooms and dehydrated for 12 hours or so. They came topped with a sundried tomato pâté and a dollop of cashew cream. The sundried tomato pâté and cashew cream were the tastiest bits besides the trio of sprouts (all grown in-house, naturally).
I chose carrot cake for my dessert. It was delicious! Other options were chia pudding cups or energy balls. Desserts come in wee pots perfect for a to-go snack. Petit Brot only uses compostable food containers, so don’t worry about the plastic!
The food was tasty and the owners were super friendly and helpful. They even suggested I visit the organic shop down the street for good watermelon because I told them I’ve been struggling to find decent ones. Now I know to look for Veritas shops when I’m out and about!
I plan on revisiting Petit Brot but next time I’ll stick to a smoothie or juice in lieu of a meal. I enjoyed the food (especially the carrot cake!) but don’t want to eat foods like this every day.
Do you like raw foods?
Have you eaten at a raw restaurant before?