One of the most exciting aspects of living in any large city is the access to international cuisine, and when it comes to serving Asian fare, Barcelona does not disappoint. Spain's second largest city is home to hundreds of restaurants serving (among others) Thai, Vietnamese, and Japanese cuisine. One of the highlights is La Vietnamita, a casual and trendy Vietnamese "deli" with locations in the upscale neighborhoods of Gracia and Born.
La Vietnamita's simple menu consists of two light salads (the Deli Delight, a cabbage salad with peanuts, cilantro, carrots, and a sesame soy dip, is a welcomed first course after days of eating jamon Iberico!), two delicious rolls, two sandwiches, and several flavorful main dishes, including the Bún Bò, a rice noodle dish with fresh vegetables & herbs, lemongrass marinated beef, peanuts and Nuac Cham-sauce. To spice things up (literally and figuratively), the restaurant also offers a weekly curry and bún, as well as a special.
Guests have several delicious and healthy non-alcoholic beverage options, including the Detox Ginger Apple Chan Lemonade, the Mint Chan Lemonade, a Coco-Mango Shake, and Iced Vietnamese Coffee. Alcohol beverage highlights include house-made Sangria and the Lychee Mojito: a perfect complement to the spicy entrees.
La Vietnamita is run by a lean staff, so ordering is done by checking off menu options and then handing the order form to the server. Guests serve themselves side sauces from a back table and spice up their dishes by picking thai chilies from the potted plants on each table. After eating, guests are asked to clean up after themselves by placing their dishes in bins located in the back. The result? A very low-cost meal: the most expensive items on the menu, the main dishes, are just € 7,95, and € 5,95 if you order take away.
La Vietnamita in Gracia is located at Carrer Torrent de l'Olla, 78, 08012 Barcelona. The Born location is Carrer Comerç, 17. For more information, visit the restaurant website or Facebook page. To view a full menu, click here.