Japanese restaurant Shunka is located in the city centre of Barcelona. Just a stone throw from the famous cathedral of Barcelona, on the tranquil street Sagristans number 5. When you get closer you can see the noren flutter in the air, telling Shunka is open for business.
Japanese restaurant Shunka is a taverna with simple and modest decoration, serving traditional Japanese food of high quality.
The Japanese founder and chef Hideki Matsuhisa started the restaurant with family and they decided on the locale because of it’s location. Perfectly placed between two of the most important food markets in Barcelona, La Boqueria and Santa Catarina.
I visit Shunka a couple of times a year, with friends, family or by myself. Sometimes it can be a handicap to go for food by yourself, when you want to try as many dishes as possible, but with out roll out of the place.
But I love to go to Shunka by myself, to be seated by the bar, whereas I can view the chefs preparing the dishes. I don’t have to speak to anyone just silently watch, it’s like therapy in a way.
For this visit I hadn’t reserved a spot for lunch at Shunka. I had whim, just stood up from my work chair, put my shoes on and to Shunka I went. I almost get turned down in the door, the manager tells me it’s fully booked, but I put on a smile and ask; even not at the bar? She looks down in the book again, looks up and asks; can you be ready in an hour?
Thinking to myself what kind of question is that?, as I smile and say; Of Course!
As I snap a photo of Shunka’s star dishes Toro with Sea urchin being made, the man next to me says; I think that’s mine! As the plate moved the kitchen to our side, he asks you want some? I would have loved to take the whole plate saying; Yes thank you very much (since it’s totally delicious!). But I didn’t. Instead I waited for my Scallops with mushrooms (Hotate Itame), because they are pretty darn fine as well.
I finished my lunch with a Matcha Daifuku 4€, yum!
If you are looking for a restaurant to celebrate a special moment (are you maybe going down on one knee?) head over to Koy Shunka. Or maybe you want a want to try Japanese barbeque Robatayaki, then you head over to Kak Koy.
*** Important to make your reservation in advance, always jammed.
Because you love high quality Japanese food and don’t care about fancy decoration.
Calle Sagristans, 5, 08002 Barcelona
Tuesday to Sunday 13.30h – 15.30h and 20.30h – 23.30h
+34 934 12 49 91