Being a vegetarian isn’t easy. Yes you can always order a salad but let’s face it, how much variety can you get with salads and vegetables a la plancha? And even if you do find that ONE little vegetarian restaurant there isn’t always much variety or the food tastes like grass and you, most of the time, always end up paying a fortune…
NO MORE MOANS, THERE’S JUICY JONES !
Here’s the thing… it’s on a long and narrow street full of 24h alimentaciones (24h open food-shops) and dry-cleanings and isn’t in the prettiest neighborhood: El Raval. However the beauty about this place is that because the location doesn’t attract many tourists, this is a “secret wonder”.
I barely notice Juicy Jones when I walk by it. It blends in perfectly with the rest of the surroundings. The only reason I stop is because of its colourful menu displayed on its windows and the fact that google maps was indicating “destination is on your left”.
I open the door and a wave of thoughts pour in my head.
COLOURS! It’s breath-taking! I’ve never seen a place with every inch of its walls and ceilings covered in them. Is Willy Wonka going to pop out at any moment? There are also words written every here and there, words such as Barcelona, berenjena (aubergine), tofu, ensalada…
ODOR! It is unique. I can’t quite make out what it is… I’m smelling a mix of toasted organic and whole bread scent along with tofu, herbs, spices, fresh vegetables and fruits. ..
The wooden tables and chairs are very simplistic yet perfect for this environment and accompanied by a little pot of flower with a bottle of organic olive oil.
Different sounds invade my hearing: the casual chill music (not the stereotypical vegeterain music which sounds like you’ve just entered a yoga class), the light brouha from the different groups talking, chit-chatting or simply devouring their food.
Food & Beverages
After being shown to a table by a friendly waitress I open the menu to find, yet again!, colours and graffiti-like writing everywhere. I have different options: starters, salads*, bocadillos (sandwiches), fresh juices, hot juices, sweets and smoothies. Taped on the back of the menu is the menu del dia; menu which varies every day depending on what the chef’s mood and consists of a choice of three starters, three mains and three deserts with bread and drink included.
The entire menu is very original and will please anyone! And I promise you, you won’t find these options in any other restaurant. In addition; the great thing about Juicy Jones is that everything is homemade and fresh!
Not feeling too hungry, I went for the Tofu bocadillo, the cake of the day: apple cake and the hot lemon & ginger juice. It was, excuse my French, ORGASMIC! The bread: light, tastey, perfectly toasted and integral! The filling: slightly cooked tofu with some sort of tastey herby sauce, onions, salad and tomatoes.
Bocadillo de Tofu
The cake, really nice! Not dry and very tasty!
Pastel del dia: Manzana
The juice, well simple but really nice! I am a big fan of ginger and for ONCE I could taste the ginger in my drink!
Hot Lemon & Ginger Juice
No no, Juicy Jones is not like every other vegetarian place which charges you 5€ for a piece of tofu or 15€ for a salad .The menu del dia for example is only 8.50!
Being French and pessimistic I think: “right so everything must be small portions and you probably finish the meal still hungry..” WRONG! I saw all those dishes come out and boy,were they big!
So there you have it. And even if you’re not a vegetarian, I still think you should go to this place just for the ambiance and for the original food they offer.
Carrer de l’Hospital, 74
*Note: I know I said at the beginning that eating salads does get tiring, but these salads don’t qualify as “typical salads”. Have a look at the pictures of the menu and see for yourself!