Cargo Cafe opened in August on Carrer de Muntaner (73) to join the burgeoning craft coffee shop scene. They serve Nomad roast coffee (Nomad have their fingers in all the pies these days.) On the counter, they have a selection of bakes from The Cake Man Bakery. From the menu you can order bagels (from €5 t0 €6), a Greek yogurt bowl (€4.5) or an Açaí bowl (€7.5).
I have the Açaí. It comes with granola, a generous tumble of blueberries, thinly shaved granny smith apples, banana slices, chia and is adorned with a single Physalis.
“It’s pure Açaí.” Paul tells me – I sense that he has had to explain the price on previous occasions. “Most people blend in a lot of banana, or other things. At Cargo, its just Açaí which we get from Casa do Açaí. It’s a delicious thing to eat, moreish in its combination of textures, juxtaposition of flavours: sweet to tart and generous in volume.
The small menu is well contemplated with its focus on the coffee pulled on a La Marzocco and also available using a V60 or Aeropress.
Meanwhile the space looks like it could double as the lobby of a sleek / chic Scandinavian boutique hotel. Large pod like lamps glow cocoons like over a row of tables on the left. A sleek white marble bar is the other bright point in what is an otherwise subdued palate of browns and greys. Dark wooden panelling against the back wall, caramel leather on the banquettes with light grey fabric on the upper part. Textures as varied as those I have experienced in the Açaí bowl.