Pepa Pla, old bookshop turned restaurant in Barcelona charms us with its good looks, food, organic and natural wine.
AT FIRST SIGHT
The locale of Pepa Pla is attractive and inviting, a mix of old and new. When Pepe Pla underwent the transformation from bookshop to restaurant they maintained the original ceramic floor tiles, brick walls and the bookshelves, which now gives the locale its a unique character.
At Pepa Pla you won’t find fried food to order, the cuisine opts to prepare the produce grilled, marinated, baked or just raw. In the small patio next to the kitchen they have their own garden where we can find chilli and different herbs used in the dishes.
With international chefs in the kitchen, the flavours are a stir between the Spanish cuisine and exotic aromas. What about a Japanese Okonomiyaki with foie gras or more traditional pluma Iberica?
They have a good selection of organic and natural wines at Pepa Pla from Catalonia and Spain. The professional sommeliers will help you to pair the best wine for your dishes. Camila helped us out on our visit and she knows the drill. We tried Clot de Les Soleres, made with the Macabeu grape from Piera in Penedés, Catalonia.
DISHES TRIED AND TESTED
The dishes are thought to share, tapas and platillos. As we waited for our food the friendly staff invited us for some olives and thick crisps.
We shared Pepa Pla’s take on the perfect marriage cured anchovies and fresh marinated anchovies 8€, delicious!
Duck magret thinly sliced topped with mushrooms and a lemon vinaigrette 6,50€.
Octopus sandwich with chard, romesco and Japanese mayo 9,30€ – my favourite!
Pluma Iberica with watercress 14,50€.
Dessert thinly sliced brioche, chocolate and raspberries 5,50€
OTHER BUSINESS BY THE GUYS BEHIND PEPA PLA
Locals, organic wine lovers & foodies
Carrer d’Aribau, 41, 08011 Barcelona
Monday to Saturday 13h – 15.30h and 20h – 23.30h
+34 936 11 18 85