A reader wrote in to ask me about a Kitchen shop. Where might she find one? Williams Sonoma or Sur La Table type places.
You see, those kind of places don’t really exist in Barcelona. Kitchen Shop Barcelona are a hard find.
Paris has the likes of Mora or E.Dehillerin to swoon over, with more copper than there are cheeses in France. (Maybe. Possibly. There are 450 distinct types of French cheeses and there are a lot of copper pots in E. Dehillerin.)
The closest thing might be the cookware section at El Corte Ingles. You are more likely to find a cake pop maker than anything actually useful and necessary for a kitchen. Then there is Macro a large cash & carry used by restaurants small and large: accessible only with a membership card. Here you will find cheap utilitarian kitchen ware – for example, they will have a zester but it won’t be a microplane (I did get a great deBuyer crêpe pan here the other day.)
If you don’t have a hookup with someone who has a Macro card, I’ve got another suggestion for you: Casa Gay. This place can set you up for with the basics. Afore mentioned Microplane graters in a selection of sizes. Aluminium cake pans, the best ones to ensure that your bakes don’t get too dark on the outside before the inside has had a chance to cook. Copper ware: I have one large straight sided Mauviel copper sauté pan and though it cost a small fortune, the results it gives me with poultry and meat are unrivaled.
Casa Gay has a large selection of Arcos knives, a Spanish made brand that is cheap to buy but easy to keep sharp. They also sell Robotcoups, pasta rollers, silicone bakeware, pots, pans. Most things you need to fit a professional kitchen.
That’s what you want after all. Things sturdy enough to withstand the intense use of a professional kitchen at good value for your kitchen home.
Give it a whir and let me know what you think.
Casa Gay Kitchen Shop Barcelona
Carrer De Roger De Llúria, 12