You can’t swing chorizo around here without hitting a ramen bar. It’s inevitable, food trends like ramen or the craft coffee craze that take over capitals such as New York and London inevitably spill over into secondary markets. Berlin is an eager early adopter while Barcelona takes its time, too busy enjoying the perpetual sunshine with a vermut in one hand.
Ramen ya hiro is the original ramen bar of Barcelona and still probably the best but you have to be ok with waiting in line, even in the winter, even for lunch. It’s nice to have choices: there is Tonkotsu up in Eixample and then further down – Koku on one side of the Ramblas and now Grasshopper on the other.
Grasshopper Ramen is a straight forward affair (my favourite kind): a long bar with a kitchen at the far end. The menu is a choice of 3 ramens (€8.25): Shio, Shoyu and Miso. All three come with all the trimmings: fatty pork belly, half a soft boiled egg, bamboo and a sheet of nori. There is also gyoza (€5.95) which is the one dumpling type that Barcelona has publicly embraced. I think – these are the best gyoza to be had in the city. They are crispy, the filling is flavourful while not being overly fatty and the dipping sauce is good enough to drink.
Craft beers and Fentimans drinks give your palette a welcome break from the salty broth. And…well…you just slurp and watch, slurp and watch until you reach the bottom of the bowl.
See this and more addresses by location on my Foodie in Barcelona Map or in alphabetical order on my Best Eats page.
Plaça de la Llana, 9
08003 El Born
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Hahaha…the one dumpling Barcelona has publicly embraced! I didn’t try their dumplings but will be sure to next time. I live dangerously close to the Mosquito/Red Ant takeaway, which is where I usually get my dumpling fix. BTW, someone had told me that this place was from the same people at Mosquito and Red Ant…seeing the website listed on this post, it appears they are!
Its owner is a very active businessman with new openings on the corner.