There are few things more appealing than soaking up some rays, vermouth in hand, delicious tapas on the table, and listening to hits, all while checking out beautiful illustrations. Jonny Aldana is the place where all of those elements come together for the absolute “vermut” experience.
Located on a hidden street that has been recently reborn, (all thanks to the opening of new establishments), Aldana has become a mecca to the locals in Poble Sec and Sant Antoni. The place is small but has a special charm: marble tables, a long bench, fans, hanging lamps, and mosaic art on the walls. Art is an important part of the identity of Jonny Aldana, having a wall as a showcase of the best of local artwork and pieces of geometric art you’ll find scattered here and there designed by artist Charli, one of the partners of the establishment who will also prepare you a delicious “toast”.
The toasts are far from what you may think and are the most sought after menu items. Using items like special 9-grain toast with “bull de gironella” a special Catalonian cold cut along with arugula and honey, salmon, artichoke cream or dill and capers, they will keep you coming back. If you feel more like having a sandwich, we suggest the eggplant with ratatouille anchovies and parmesan, scrumptious. Jonny Aldanna is not designed for vegetarians or vegans, but there is quite a large selection of veggie spreads such as the hummus and beet, pumpkin, peanuts, curry and quinoa, mushrooms, millet, or garlic and parsley, sure to please any herbivore.
For the sweet tooth, try their carrot or coconut cakes, exquisite green tea or sake truffles. For drinks the local favorite is the vermouth, but their Spritz cocktails like the Negroni or one of the excellent wines, never commercial, are real gems to be discovered.
Come by, have a pleasant conversation with Charli, and Jonny Aldana will quickly become one of your favorite destinations.
Average Price: lunch 8€
C/ Aldana, 9
Text: Txell Hernández Gil
Photos: Paula Belil
Translation: Brett Piron