Good bread, better ham and the right tomato and olive oil. It seems like a simple and concise equation, but the outcome is not convincing sometimes even in the best homes. We can’t say the same about the newly inaugurated Ham On Wheels, which just reopened its doors on Rambla de Poblenou 27 to serve “fast food” –as they themselves call it— to the neighborhood’s regulars but also to everyone who’s heard about the freshly-cut Maldonado ham, regarded by experts as one of the world’s best Iberian hams. Then there’s the artisanal Guzmán “crystal” coca and the Triticum bread.
The formula is not outstanding just by chance, but the result of Jordi Vilá’s advice, known for his Michelin-star-winning restaurant Alkimia, who has given free rein to his naughtiest side at Ham On Wheels.
The menu features “premium Catalan fast food” and is based on four pillars. The first one is the modern use of Iberian ham –Catalan by adoption—; the second one is elevating the status of bread, something Good2b has been announcing for a while; the third one is a weakness for everything surrounding bikes and their design, made evident by the multiple bike details in the restaurant and on its name and a nod to their take-away cocas, which are highly sought-after among Poblenou dwellers. The fourth pillar is high-quality fast food.
So if it’s not yet clear for you how good bread with tomato and ham can make a delicious bite, the menu also offers all kinds of “crystal” cocas: Japo, with fresh cheese, eggplant and miso mayonnaise; Marimuntanya, with ham, anchovy butter and mató cheese; or the delicious Beijing and Pokon, with duck confit, hoisin sauce, cucumber, green onions and mayonnaise.
Then there’s the funny section which recommends high-mountain cocas with melted cheese and hearty mountain ingredients, for example Il Mortirolo, with gorgonzola, apple and walnuts.
Another highlight are the focaccia and the Iberian pulgas (mini bread loaves) to whet your appetite. A nice assortment of salads and sweet dishes like beef or fried eggs with ham round off a menu intended to be enjoyed while sipping a cocktail, a glass of wine or a chill Moritz. By the way, don’t leave without trying their spectacular toast with chocolate, oil and salt!
If you have reached this point of the article, you deserve a reward. Jordi Vilà has designed a “crystal” coca with Chirstmas chicken rilette, prunes, pine nuts and Maldonado ham.
Drop by Ham On Wheels, except on January 1st and 6th, and enjoy a free Moritz!
- Address: Rambla del Poblenou 27
- Timetable: L Cerrado ı M-D 11:00-00:00
- Phone: (+34) 93 024 27 75
- Type: Restaurant
- Website: http://www.hamonwheels.com/