A Barcelona food blog
Barcelona appears to be taking on an air of NYC of late where recent café openings seem more like they should be in Greenwich Village rather than in Gaüdi’s city. First it was Federal, then the Meatpacking Bistro (which I’ve yet to sample) and now Kiosko, all bringing with them muted, loft style venues. And in the case of Kiosko, bringing yet more burgers to the city.
They should be giving themselves a big pat on the back because even though they only opened recently on the Friday lunchtime we popped in it was absolutely packed out. Ordering at first is a little confusing as it’s not what you’re expecting. The large wall mounted board lists their burgers and accompaniments in Catalan, Spanish and English and then you complete a slip with your order which you pay for there and then. What initially felt like a clumsy system transpired to be very efficient; no confusion from the waiters about whose order was whose and the ability to just pick yourself up and leave when you’re finished without having to sort out the bill. A big advantage for all concerned on a busy, rushed lunchtime.The hints of the Big Apple are everywhere from the industrial piping in the ceiling, the stark white and block colour walls and the brightly lit interior.
The portion sizes are also very reminiscent of America, these are very generous burgers and if you order fries with it I suggest sharing them or being prepared to be defeated by the combination. These are also very delicious burgers, handmade every day with excellent quality meat from Castilla y León, well cooked and served with fresh salad and good bread. I chose the ‘Asturiana’ which comes with caramelized onion and blue cheese which I had on a light wholemeal roll. I contentedly dabbed the slight grease from the burger and cheese off my chin and popped chip after gloriously fluffy, crispy chip in my mouth. Kiosko also deserve commending for their approach to their products’ production and waste management. Only fresh, Spanish ingredients are used, your burger is served on a real plate lined with paper and when you’ve devoured your order you have to clear your table yourself, making sure to put the paper and food waste in separate bins from those for cans and bottles. If only more places could have this ethos.
Kiosko, Marquès de L’Argentera 1bis, Born