The Croque Monsieur arrived in Barcelona in 1953 at the hands of Sala Bikini and quickly expanded throughout the city. However, Melt Barcelona has won our hearts by doing it in a unique and unmatched way.
Chady and Sandy are the owners of a small open air restaurant in the heart of the Eixample district that has captivated the office workers in the area with their sandwiches. Two and a half years ago, this French couple embarked on the adventure of starting their own gastronomic project. Although they did not come from the sector, they were already experts in bikini making. Chady confesses that for more than ten years toasted sandwiches were part of their daily diet, especially at dinner time. This experience is demonstrated in each of the gourmet bikinis that you can find in your menu.
The bikini is a dish known internationally for its ease of preparation as well as its great taste. Melt’s menu reflects the different ways in which this dish is prepared throughout the world. We can find, for example, the Brooklin, with French emmental cheese, pastrami, sauerkraut and honey mustard. El Palma, with havartí cheese, sobrasada, honey, arugula and a touch of cayenne, delicious and perfect push on hungover mornings. Although our favorite is undoubtedly the classic Melt, with Irish cheddar cheese, red onion, arugula and Dijon mustard. This is the only sandwich that has not changed anything since they added it in the menu, and the truth is that it does not surprise us at all, since it is a combination of very original ingredients that works perfectly.
There are many factors that make Melt’s sandwiches special, from the experience and affection that its owners pour in each elaboration, they also add locally made ingredients – such as the bakery bread baluard, the pastrami of gourmet paprika, among others. Chady and Sandy proudly explain that all their products are close and they like to know that, through their business, they support local suppliers, some of whom are starting their business, just as they did a few years ago.
To accompany the sandwiches, we have a wide variety of craft beers, soft drinks, coffees or fresh juices that are prepared at the moment. Melt bikinis are perfect at all hours, breakfast, lunch, snack or dinner, and also at the time of dessert, as the B & W of nutella with mascarpone or Banana, with nutella and banana, to make the sweet tooth fall in love.
The kindness of its owners, together with the delights they prepare, have made Melt a success. So much so that they have already won a very regular clientele and an example of this is the sandwich El profe, a creation inspired by one of its habitual diners.
Hours: Monday to Friday from 10:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Saturday from 1pm to 4pm and from 7pm to 11pm.
Average price € 8.
Photo: Uxía Estévez
Text: Micaela Álvarez