I was surprised to find a vegetarian restaurant in Poblenou. Nicely surprised. But there it was all quietly inviting and full of vegetarian delights waiting for me to eat them. Oh, and it’s vegan friendly too!
Anyway, let’s cut to the chase, here’s what you can get at Aguaribay that might satisfy a hungry vegan:
What to eat
Apart from the extremely popular menu del dia (book in advance or you won’t get in) they have paninis that are made from home-made focaccia bread with a devilishly tasty tempeh. Versions with grilled sweet pepper, rocket and carrot pesto are available for vegans.
Delicious fresh burritos come with either saute’d vegetables and manchego cheese or with black beans and mushrooms served with fresh salsa – the cheese can be switched for avocado instead.
They also have a blackboard where dishes of the day are displayed such as a fresh risotto dish or one of the delicious Argentinian pasties that are known as empanadas.
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On the tapas menu you can select from vegan nachos served with black beans and guacamole, hummus or artichoke dip served with crudités and toasted bread.
For raw vegans there is sadly just one dish – the Detox salad – which consists of assorted sprouts, apple, carrot, tofu and peanuts – so not entirely raw but you can certainly negotiate a bit. And at least you are almost catered for!
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To drink they have organic wines, and an organic cava. Eco beers come from nearby Montseny.
Non boozy drinks include a range of coffees (all available with organic soya milk), natural orange juice, Bionades, and a range of organic teas such as Yogi, Clipper and QI white tea.
The atmosphere is casual with an informal cafeteria-type area at the front with high tables and magazines to read. There’s also a formal dining area in the rear.
The décor is modern, and pleasantly funky. I did, however, find the dance music they played somewhat jarring, but I guess that was just to keep the staff awake the Sunday morning I visited the place.
The restaurant has good service with very nice and smiley waitresses. You can also take advantage of free wi-fi, which means tea and cake whilst you work or mess about on Facebook – nice!
Aguaribay is a great find and the staff is always prepared to do some vegan-friendly modifications to the dishes.
There aren’t that many good vegetarian and vegan restaurants in Barcelona, in my opinion, so it’s worth making the trek to Poble Nou in order to get some high-quality food. Make sure, however, to book in advance at lunch time or you might stay hungry.
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