Finally we had the chance to visit the much talked-about Meatpacking Bistro, a recently opened restaurant in Travessera de Gracia-Aribau. I have to say that I very much like the new restaurant trend here in Barcelona with places like Filete Ruso, Cornelia & Co and now the Meatpacking Bistro, all new, fresh, with a lot of thought put into the décor, easy, delicious menus and above all at a reasonable price.
The Meatpacking Bistro has taken inspiration for its name from the Meatpacking District in New York, as you might already have guessed. I have a big passion for lamps, and at this place I had a lot to look at and admire.
The place actually has a very New York feel to it, and I got a very, very strong urge to visit New York again while sitting and waiting for our food.
For the starters you have a choice of salads (waldorf, pesto and caesar), salmon tartare, crabcake and nachos, to name a few examples. We chose the nachos:
And they were very good. It was a very big plate (definitely enough to share) and it was topped with sour cream, black olives, jalapeños, a hot sauce and very creamy cheddar. For a main course they have a choice of different hamburgers (tuna with wasabi sauce and the Meatpacking one), barbeque ribs, steak, parmesan chicken, salmon…
I chose the hamburger with home-made fries. It didn’t look like a lot when it came to the table, but I got so full that I actually only had only half of it.
To be honest I was so full after that I couldn’t bring myself to have dessert… But the options looked great, carrot cake, cheese cake, brownie and ice-cream.
Overall it was a very nice experience, the only downside was that the service was slightly slow, which I guess is normal for a place that recently opened, and that the tables are very close to each other so you will overhear your neighbours conversations. But I will definitely go back! They are also open for breakfast and Thursdays to Saturdays until 03.00 if you feel for having a late dinner.
(Meatpacking Bistro, Travessera de Gracia 50-52, 08021 Barcelona)