Súper Coffee and Food Store is a great takeaway shop in Poble Nou with a name I never remember. Opened by husband and wife team Jay and Christiane in 2015: the name it turns out, came from all the ‘super’ foods that are used to prepare the food and a play on the local “supermercats”.
Located in Poble Nou amongst the wide quiet streets. Noting the lack of motorised or human traffic – I wondered where the shop’s customers might be? I was there just before lunch and the shop was empty bar one person sipping on a coffee. Finding the door to the kitchen open, I tilted backwards, lifting one foot off the ground for balance while I eavesdropped. Things were in full swing. Food was being packed quickly and stacked high in crates.
A tall man was stirring a large stock pot. He stopped, straightened up and swivelled back to catch me staring directly at him.
“Can I help you?”
“Erm – no.
I mean – what are you making?”
I settled both feet on the ground and relaxed my shoulders.
It turned out that I was talking to Jay, a South African and chef by profession. He was making vegan chocolate to go with some churros that he was going to be sending off to a catering event later.
He motioned me into the kitchen. “Lets talk in here so I can get through some of this prep.” He told me how is wife used to work in the film business and how she saw a gap in the market for onset catering so she set up a catering truck “Le Cook”. After 5 years, the husband and wife team opted for a shop front to serve local offices.
What sets Súper apart is the freshness, the quality and the deliciousness of the food. Despite these being buzz words that are slapped with abandon on a range of food products from your supermarket aisle to the plastic sealed food in Starbucks – it simply is not true. So few products have these attributes.
Súper has 3 ranges of products: starters-A, mains-B, dessert-C. Abundant vegetarian options are available. You can have just a starter (€2.5), or you can combine 2 (€6.9) or 3 (€9.9). There are Durban curries or Babootie (a South African dish).
Despite the food being served in plastic tubs, the food isn’t sloshed in, school lunch style but placed with as much as care as would be given to plated dish. For a final flourish – most dishes sport tufts of microgreens harvested from Súper’s vertical garden.
It’s lunch time now. Jay and I are getting pushed further back into the shop by the swell of the people. I pay for my vegetarian curry, Jay throws in a brownie.
I feel pretty smug that night, sitting down to my special dinner – which for once I didn’t have to cook and is “delicious” and “fresh”.
Súper Coffee & Food Store
Carrer De Roc Boronat 102
Poble Nou 08018