We won’t blame you if you find Nobook‘s strident orange suspicious at first sight. We weren’t sure either about this place where waiters wear Guantanamo-inspired overalls and where a gaudy shade of orange is to be seen all around. Luckily, we are people with few prejudices and we decided to give it a chance. What we discovered there is one of the most fun and interesting gastronomic proposals Barcelona has to offer. We thought we were in for more of the same. However, Iker Erauzkin and Anna Yébenes –also owners of UMA, Barcelona’s best restaurant according to Tripadvisor— serve ‘ethnic street food’ – as they call it – with a naughty personality and a menu comprising 16 dishes from 12 different countries.
Nobook is a fun restaurant where diners can enjoy an unusual decoration but also a great staging
Nobook is a fun restaurant where diners can enjoy an unusual decoration but also a great staging. Obviously, showcooking is an essential part of a menu designed by chef Mariano Citterio, with dishes including Tao Chicken (crispy caramelized chicken with sweet and spicy sauce), the most ordered Chinese dish in the US that you won’t find anywhere in Beijing; the showy Abriendo la lata, a composition feat in the form of salmon in nori seaweed tempura, crisp vegetables and Baires sauce; the surprising Costa Thai, crispy fish with tamarind, coconut, banana and sesame; or the Gua Bao stuffed with Beijing-style duck with onion, fennel, peanut and cilantro. The menu reaches several other corners of the world. Latin America is represented by Cochinita Taco and wild dish Ceviche; Europe with a fun version of Fish & Chips, Spanish potato omelette with octopus and Kalbi cream and Starred Eggs with Braised Chistorra, kimchi, parsley and fine herbs. The menu’s melting pot finds its peak in dish number 16, the Abrakadabra, an ode to the creativity, the winning dish of an in-house competition among the kitchen’s staff that changes a one a month.
At this point, you can imagine there’s no space in the menu for desserts. But there is for a wide range of taste cocktails. Andreu Estríngana is responsible for a cocktail list that is served with extra sugar for those with a sweet tooth. For example, Piña Colada is served with rum, tropical pineapple, grapefruit and rose and also with coconut popcorn, cinnamon and caramelized pineapple. Another example is the Zen Garden, a sake-based cocktail with plum liqueur and roses, accompanied by lychee and an appetizing apple pie. Nobook‘s author cocktail list includes up to 15 original references aimed to surprise guests.
Architect Mohammed Adib is responsible for creating this industrial and garish space that keeps diners awake from start to end
As we have already said, the interior design is rather unusual. Architect Mohammed Adib is responsible for creating this industrial and garish space that keeps diners awake from start to end. The all-recycled furniture is full of contrasts, both in terms of material and color, and won’t leave anyone indifferent. Hate it or love it, what’s for sure is that you won’t leave without having felt extreme sensations.
Eating or dining at Nobook is around €40, depending on the number of cocktails you order. If after all we have said you feel like trying it, bear in mind that Nobook has no phone or email and doesn’t accept reservations. So just drop by and try your luck!
- Address: C/Provença 310 bis
- Timetable: M-T 18:00-01:00 ı F-Sa 13:30-15:30 19h00-02:00 ı Su Closed
- Type: Restaurant
- Website: http://www.nobook.es/