You'll find La Picantería in C/ Marià Aguiló, the real main street for Poblenou locals. The name comes from Peru, and it connotes homes that are open for people to stop in and ask for something to eat. In Barcelona it's a restaurant with lovely, natural surroundings: a bit of white with little tables and a good bar. The menu features Peruvian, Brazilian, Japanese and Mexican cusines – this is not fusion but a happy coexistence of variety.
At lunchtime, the small kitchen and open kitchen is on fire. Mainly because it boasts a 'robata' (Japanese grill), where they cook up highly recommended Latino-Catalan set lunch menu. For around €12, you can get fish ceviche (made by the Peruvian chef Adriel García), pibil chicken tacos, or grilled cod in escabeche. The à la carte menu (available non-stop from 1pm to 1am) features dishes that surprise in concept and always please for their quantity and great value for money. Some of the dishes are so generous, you might have a hard time finishing, so sharing could be in order for the ceviches, tacos, nachos and something from the grill with yakitori or 'picanha' beef.
They're generous with their cocktails as well, both in price and in size. Bartender Wilmer Bos, who's worked in some of the biggest bars in London, has come up with her own cocktail menu for the bar. Try creations like the terrific Pink Chihuahua, made of tequila, pink grapefruit and almond foam – dry and refreshing at the same time! All the cocktails are the perfect combo of high quality and low cost. Salud!