A narrow entrance dominated by a small awning with the words ‘Kitchen & Coffee’ hides one of the best kept secrets around Plaza Catalunya: La Esquina. And this is so two weeks after being open because we predict that, in just over a month, it’ll be in the top ten of any advanced foodie. The equation, as with anything related to gastronomy, is simple but has something unique to it. The variables are the young London chef Alan Steward, who has created a traditional and seasonal menu that changes as the day goes by; a sober, comfortable and nice decoration which lends it a unique personality; carefully selected coffee by Louis, the barista, responsible for choosing all the references, calibrated to detail by its new Marzocco coffee-maker.
The leitmotiv “From breakfast to bedtime” reveals the philosophy of La Esquina, an insomniac space that starts serving at 8am a fixed menu with succulent dishes including meatball sandwich with provolone or poached eggs with avocado, goat cheese and dill. Among its instant classics are also the toast with smoked salmon and avocado, as well as the pear and apple pancake and the homemade cake of the day, perfect to enjoy anytime. However, if there is something that gives La Esquina a touch of distinction that’s the COMBI menu, served from 1pm to 4pm, which combines vegetables, protein and pasta or legumes to choose from several options. You can find pumpkin cream with curry oil and pistachios; mushroom toast with poached egg; lentils with eggplant, roasted tomatoes and yogurt; cauliflower couscous with carrots or beetroot salad. The menu is prized €15 and includes bread, a drink, dessert or coffee, a fair price for this proposal by British Alan.
A narrow entrance dominated by a small awning with the words ‘Kitchen & Coffee’ hides one of the best kept secrets around Plaza Catalunya: La Esquina
And talking about Britishness, you will agree that there isn’t a more English invention than the brunch, which of course is served here on weekends. Eggs of all kinds, a bikini made with country bread or sandwiches such as the one with chicken, cabbage and peppers will delight those who go to bed late and wake up hungry but are not willing to sell their gourmet appetite to any franchise or bad restaurant. As if this weren’t enough, on weekends, including Thursday, La Esquina serves food until midnight. Here Alan offers a more elaborate menu with seasonal dishes, including cauliflower risotto with sage and almonds; cod confit with celeriac and mushrooms; old ox T-bone steak with smoked mashed potatoes, or clams with Iberian Xerez and fennel. Drinks include a selection of natural and biodynamic wines. At brunch there are also cocktails like Mimosa or Bloody Mary.
La Esquina offers a winning combination: a cool space with a punk spirit and an exquisite menu with an alternative touch. The no-decoration hides some improvisation, characteristics of Emilio Lekuona, who has worked with photographer Elena Lopez de Lamadrid for the occasion. The result is an honest proposal suitable for all audiences. Most hipsters will fall in to the charms of La Esquina, but also more classical guests, families, couples passing by and groups of friends who want to eat well and have a pleasant time in the always busy city centre. A total win by all means!
- Address: C/Bergara, 2
- Timetable: L-M 08:00 - 20:00h ı J-V 08:00 - 01:00h ı S 10:00 - 01:00h ı D 10:00 - 18:00h
- Phone: (+34) 93 768 72 42
- Type: Restaurant
- Website: http://www.laesquinabarcelona.com/