I had a birthday to celebrate a few Friday’s ago (mine) and while I dithered about whether I should take a short trip somewhere, book a night in a hotel with a massage thrown in or… Well, I couldn’t make up my mind (libra). That Friday was also the Mercat de Mercats which was a pleasure to poke around in while I hemmed and hawed about which foot I should start my “older but not wiser” journey on. Then we turned the corner and saw the slate coloured noren of Shunka gently rippling in the breeze and I thought: sushi, what an age-appropriate dinner to have
Compared to its elegant sibling, Koy Shunka, Shunka is bare bones. The food is similarly not as breathtaking in presentation nor conception. They serve a simple traditional menu here. However, the quality and execution is outstanding. In everything. The Unagi Nigiri (€5.15) are tender and generous. The rice that accompanies the sushi and food is firm, glistening and although there is some rice vinegar in there – it doesn’t overpower it.
And. They have Agedashi Dofu (€7.85). I have quite a thing for Agedashi Dofu, as in I love it, want to marry it and eat it everyday. Up until now, the only place that made it the way I liked it is Dinings in London. The Iwashi Tataki – seared sardines (€7.95) are lovely. It is all extremely good. I mean London, New York, Miami good. It’s obvious from the minute you step in the door and they tell you that they are fully booked.
I am not waiting for my birthday next year to go again. I am already hankering after a steaming portion of Agedashi Dofu.
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Sagristans, 5 bajos
08002 El Barri Gòtic