Last week I promised you a succulent post, and here it is! A little later than usual – but it is a public holiday today, so sleeping in is allowed, right? Anyway, today we’re going to get some delicious food at a new star on the restaurant firmament in el Raval: Suculent.
Located on Rambla del Raval, Suculent has a terrace on its doorstep, and also on the central part of the rambla, as well as a take-away window from which they sell delicious crisps, spiced, herbed up, and fried to perfection. But there’s more, much more, so let’s go inside…
Decorated with exquisite taste and great attention to detail, Suculent have used local designers to recreate and add to what used to be an old bodega with a great deal of local flavour. The fonts and all graphics were designed by Comité, all furniture by the lovely couple who are Amato Sole, and a very special lamp was recreated especially for Suculent by product designers 3 Patas.
Suculent has wanted to maintain the essence of the former character of this space, and as such has gone for a cosy ambiance where old elements (the old wooden fridge for example) and original features have been given a new lease of life.
That is all very good an well of course, but what about the food? Considering themselves a food house, rather than a restaurant, the Suculent menu is centered around traditional Mediterranean and Spanish cuisine, improved with modern know-how, and made with the freshest and best of ingredients available.
Their menu includes breakfast, with home-made pastry items (check out their butter croissants and pain au chocolat), hearty sandwiches, healthy juices and home-made jams; for the middle of the day and evening: apéritifs, complete meals and finger-licking desserts. And to add to the succulence, fabulous wines and vermouths to accompany their various dishes. Plus, of course, the crisps they fry in-house and sell through the take-away window. Is your mouth watering yet? Mine certainly is!
The people at Suculent also have a sense of humor, for they have added some quirky things here and there, such as the tuna cans which were repurposed by 3 Patas as wall lamps (and the contents of which they ate between them); the sliding door that divides the restaurant from the kitchen, and which is the original front door…
… and in the corridor that leads to the kitchen, and which is lined with shelves that store plain white crockery as well as traditional ceramic pots and dishes, woven pot holders made of reeds and grass, and a range of enameled pots and pans…
… a secret doorway has been constructed that leads to La Trastienda, a room devised for private dining, and which looks out onto the patio where al fresco food preparation takes place.
In this room one can find the lamp redesigned by 3 Patas and which has incorporated pots and pans as lamp shades, as well as a large number of reclaimed chairs, which were given the Amato Sole magic touch.
And another quirky touch: a small iron window that serves to communicate directly with the kitchen, allows diners to place orders, ask for more wine, or compliment chef Toni Romero on the delicious dishes that he has served.
I suspect Suculent is going to become one of my local favourites, and not only mine! Just opened 3 months ago, they have given a very positive boost to what’s on offer on the Rambla del Raval and are set to become one of Barcelona’s classics. Just like the poem in classical Catalan, which was sand-etched onto their front door window, and which extolls the virtues of a good meal, indicating it will bring colour to your cheeks. Sounds good, right?
Suculent is open Tue-Sun 12.30-01.00.