Good things have come to the neighbourhood Poble Sec in the last years and restaurant Malamén is one of them!
Malamén is located on the bustling street Blai 53, which is full of bars, restaurant and cafés.
Less then 100 meters from there, Mano Rota opened back in spring 2015.
Malamén is small and narrow; its main part of the dining area is the long bar with high seats, and then there five small tables for two persons and another two tables for four persons.
The decoration is modern classic with a luxury feel. With a colour palette is built up of gold, black leather, marble and darken the wood. It’s very different from the rest of the restaurants that can be found in the traditional working-class neighbourhood Poble Sec.
The street Blai is mostly famous for its tapas bars if you’re not in for deep fried food and you’re in the hood, Malamén is the place. Here you can enjoy the cuisine from Swedish head chef David Elfstrand and his partners Venezuelan Humberto Cruz and Spanish Daniel Gallego Garcés.
Malamén bendita bodega, Restaurant & Wine bar, Poble Sec
On the menu within the starters we (me + one) tried Cecina and Burratina served with rocket salad 12€/serving – Cecina is salted and dried beef, typically from the region Leon in the north/west part of Spain. The Burratina is the creamier version of Italian mozzarella. This plate was to die for, the creamy cheese and the salty meat, I just say yum!
We also tried from the starters Foie Gras mi-cuit 14€/dish, which was rolled in crushed pistachio lying on to of a bed of cacao powder.
I never tried Foie Gras this way, the mix of flavours was interesting and spot on. Both of the starters were big, after the main course we felt that we could have done with just one starter to share, but I could not say which since they were both awesome.
For main we ordered the Steak tartar with organic beef from Catalonia 19€/serving – the meat was hand cut and not minced, it was good but the pieces slightly too big for my taste.
Its steak tartar was served in a bowl with an egg yolk on top, on the side french fries and a plate with eight different condiments for us to seasoning the dish as we pleased.
The second main course was the chickpeas and lobster with seafood broth and lemon butter 25€/plate.
Its lobster was perfectly prepared and we got the all the extra cutlery to take it to pieces! The broth was full body, but a tad too sweet. Less sweet and it would have been perfection.
After this food bonanza we were not capable to have any dessert (Hello cheese platter with pear and vanilla compote!), so instead we sipped on our wine and enjoyed the hip but relaxed ambience.
I would recommend to book your table in advance since Malamén is a small locale and very popular.
Malamén´s opening hours:
Tuesday to Sunday 19.30h – 24.00h
Carrer Blai 53, 08004 Barcelona
+34 932 52 77 63