If you like to stroll through the Old Quarter of Barcelona, and are looking for a place to dine during the week or have a drink after a hard day’s work, then Salero is your destination. Its details will dazzle you as soon as you enter this restaurant located in the middle of El Born, the old commercial district of the Catalan capital. Its menu is filled with a sublime mix of the Mediterranean and Asian cuisine.
Elsa and Elena are the owners of Salero. It all started in 1995 in Brussels when Elena was in a bar, eating. This was not a regular bar, but one that you can enter at any time of the day, to eat, to dine, to be with friends, and to work. This bar inspired her decision to move and import this concept of restaurant in Barcelona because, at that time, there was no restaurant in Barcelona like this.
Both owners share a great passion for travel. In this case, Elsa was discovering Asian gastronomic culture in different countries such as Indonesia, Thailand and India. In each of them he discovered his culinary wealth, went into the kitchens and carefully observed each and every one of the oriental delicacies, and when he returned to Barcelona he translated and reinvented each of the dishes, mixing them with Mediterranean cuisine.
In 1995 it was conceived and in 1996 Salero was opened in the middle of a discreet alley in El Borne – at that time a little trafficked area of the Old Town.
It is a place where the color white dominates completely and the decoration remains the same, but they have managed to reinvent their style and give it a special accent.
They strive for a restaurant with due respect for each of its organic products that manages to capture the new trends that will appeal to the clients. Its purpose, after all, is this; offer its diners a good experience, with a frank, honest kitchen as well as create an authentic gastronomic experience using the best quality, ecological and km0 products.
The menu is really varied, but in all of its dishes is a daring and transgressive air. Where to get started? You may choose the Bóh Xeó, a Vietnamese pancake of rice, coconut and turmeric vegetables, and lime and chili. Or go for the Maitake Salad, with wakame, agar.agar, cassava chips with sesame soy dressing.
To understand the concept on which this restaurant is based, it is best to try some of its delights such as Thai soup with shrimp and taro dumpling or smoked sardines with beetroot, tapenade and bio sprouts – all delicious specialties that will make you discover new flavors with which you will understand (and support) this union of gastronomic cultures.
Don’t miss out on the Japche with Korean vermicelli of sweet potatoes with enokitake, tamari and cilantro or the veggie burguers : we assure you that you will never have tried something similair!
With the Jimena almond cake and bitter orange chocolate it is mandatory to let yourself be carried away by the pleasure of a classic dessert after your delicious meal.
If you decide to visit Salero, located in one of the most chic areas of Barcelona, with a careful aesthetic and in keeping with an innovative environment, get ready to play with flavors and discover nuances. Experimentation and success are assured!
Hours: from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Average price: € 25-30
Text: Maria Acero
Photos: Andrea Invierno