Out of China – a gluten free Chinese restaurant in Barcelona
Taking advantage of the fact that the other day Isabel arrived in Barcelona at lunchtime, we finally had the opportunity to go to the Chinese Restaurant Out of China! The last time I went, it was still on Muntaner Street, but for since some months it is on Aribau 112 street. As usual, I had talked to Isabel about this restaurant several times, but we never had the chance to go and eat there. Finally the day arrived!
I am not talking about the typical Chinese buffet where you will pay € 8 and you can eat as much as you want. This is a real restaurant: well decorated, quiet, with a menu that offers a great variety of dishes and, most importantly, all the waiters know what each dish contains.
It was Friday. We arrived at the restaurant between 14-14.15h and luckily, we had booked a table as it was already getting full. Initially, they gave us only the daily menu. When we told them we were celiac, they brought the same menu with the gluten-free dishes underlined and left a pink post-it on our table. I guess it was a mark that each waiter would recognize as a gluten free table. That day, we didn’t feel like eating the gluten free dishes of the daily menu, so we ordered the general menu.
What a change! When we opened the menu, we saw that there were many more gluten free dishes available. In fact, the vast majority of them were. Before ordering the food, the waitress came to ask us for drinks. We both wanted some iced tea. The answer of the waitress was awesome as she told us that that tea is not certified as “gluten free”, and she recommended us to order something else. I do not know if you feel the same, but when I get such an answer in a restaurant, all the worries y may have (if any) about whether they will serve me a safe gluten free meal or not completely disappear… do you feel the same?
The first thing we ordered was a gluten-free fried Chinese bread, we wanted to try it! It is a round bread, very elastic, its crust – although not hard – cost a bit to break. For the shape and the flavor reminded us of a brioche. We then ordered the fried rice with aromatic vegetable which they brought along with a gluten free soy sauce which was also very good. And the table was getting full…
Right after the fried rice, the meat arrived: first they brought us crispy pork ribs with spices. I do not know how they do it, but in all the Asian countries I’ve been in, the meat is always tender. The flavor of the spices was not predominant and the meat was very easily separated from the bone. Perfect!
Then came the ravioli of pork loin and Chinese chive. When biting that ravioli, you first noticed the taste of the gluten-free pasta, that was a bit oily and broke easily, letting you reach the interior where the pork loin and Chinese chive were. At first, the chive are not noticeable, but when you chew a little and swallow, it leaves a very special taste in the mouth. Delicious! When they brought us this dish, the first thing we did was ordering the Chinese chopsticks. Whenever I go to an Asian restaurant (Thai or Chinese usually) I order the chopsticks. This way, even if it is right next to my house, the fact of eating dishes that are so different and without cutlery, the feeling of being away becomes bigger. I love it!
Finally, the fried Iberian pork tenderloin with sweet and sour sauce came. Although we were a bit full, a sirloin like that cannot be left on the plate. Unsurprisingly, the meat was very tender, and the contrast of meat the flavor, the vegetables and the sweet and sour sauce, made that dish very easy to eat. We also ate it with the chopsticks!
And suddenly… we were done! Already? We could not believe it. We had eaten a lot, but the food did not weigh as much as other times we had eaten similar quantity.
Although from the dessert menu we could order anything: chocolate cake, crepe with vanilla ice cream, carrot cake, green tea ice cream, etc. Isabel decided to order an orange juice with ginger. I took a couple of sips and that’s it.
This was our experience eating gluten free Chinese food in Barcelona. If you have the occasion, I recommend you to go! You will not regret it!
You can see the pictures of the menu and the food here.
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P.S.: Please keep in mind that in this blog I share my trips, anecdotes and experiences about gluten free travel around the world. It is possible that, in any of my trips, I go to some restaurant not trained by the associations where the risk of being contaminated with gluten exists. I kindly ask you to also take into account that the list of references can change. Please, always double check before eating in the restaurants we recommend. Thank you very much!
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