NINO VIEJO BARCELONA
Let’s start this week with a world premiere! An inside look of Nino Viejo: the newest restaurant of Albert Adrià and Paco Méndez in Barcelona. Only open for two days when I went there for dinner on Friday and I want to shout it from the rooftops: you must go here when you’re in Barcelona! Vale, let’s start with a short introduction before I tell you about my experience. Albert Adrià is the brother of Ferran Adrià, the man behind the legendary El Bulli restaurant, and he is rapidly changing the Sant Antoni and Poble Sec neighborhoods into a gastonomic heaven.
First there was restaurant Tickets, then Pakta, Bodega 1900 and now there’s this new Mexican kid on the block called Nino Viejo. In this last restaurant Adrià works together with chef Paco Méndez. Born in Mexico, worked for El Bulli and now he has the ambition to be the best Mexican restaurant in the world – outside Mexico. Nino Viejo means old child which means that we should never lose our young spirit: therefore there’s no stiff atmosphere in this taqueria style restaurant, but it’s rather loose and casual but with extremely high service. If you, for example, take your last sip, they will fill your glass immediately and it seems that every table has its own host. They bring you a menu and a pencil and the intention is to order several dishes to share.
We start with the guacamole Nino Viejo that comes in a basket on a plastic sheet with the logo of the restaurant on it. Looks very nice! You will see the logo everywhere: on the napkins, the clothing of the staff, the coasters. After the guacamole we first get the cold dishes: a very, very tasty ceviche with cactus (!) tomatoes and cheese, but also a somewhat spicy gamba cocktail. Then we get Palomitas de Pollo con salsa Jalapeno. Sounds spicy, is not. A good snack before we try all the tacos on the menu: a quesadilla, a taco filled with various meats and, the best in my opinion, the taco with pluma Iberica. For dessert, a chocolate ice cream beautiful presented in a cone made of corn.
The atmosphere is kept nonchalantly, like a true taqueria where you can quickly order different Mexican dishes (and cocktails). Don’t forget to take a look at the amazing murals which are created by an illustrator who also works for Disney. After a few hours, A+ dishes in a super friendly atmosphere I can only say one thing: put it on your list to go there asap. I know I’m coming back very soon!
No website, Avenida Mistral 54, Barcelona, telephone number for reservations: +34 933 482 194