La Monroe


La Monroe

I’ve been a regular visitor to the Filmoteca cinema for years, in fact I’ve been in Barcelona long enough now to remember its old, crumbling location on Avenida Sarria before it moved to the pounding heart of Raval. However, I had never eaten at the adjoining bar La Monroe so some recent holiday from the day job gave me the opportunity to sample their excellent value, contemporary menu del día (3 courses including drink and bread 11.90€).

As an opener I chose the millefeuille topped with mezcal-marinated pulled beef and lamb’s lettuce. A splash of picante lifted this savoury delight and I was heartened that the pastry was still crispy below that beef, thankfully not assembled before lunch service and left to sog. A minute or two more in the oven to give the pastry a golden tinge would have been welcome though.

Millefeuille, pulled beef, mezcal, La Monroe, Filmoteca, Barcelona
Millefeuille with mezcal pulled beef

For main I went for the fried mackerel fillet, the oiliness of which was cut through by sweet, confited onions and cherry tomatoes sided by clean white rice, green beans and astringent chives. Personally I would have preferred the mackerel pan-fried rather than deep-fried as it’s a greasy bugger to start with, but it was lip-stickingly good nonetheless.

Fried mackerel, confit onions and tomatoes, rice and green beans, La Monroe, Filmoteca Barcelona
Fried mackerel, confit onions and tomatoes with rice and green beans

Dessert is where many menu del día fall flat and I often don’t bother. I don’t want to end a good meal with a ‘cornetto’ or a generic flan, instead I often opt just for a coffee and the bill. But when I see quality bakery adorning the counter I’m not going to turn it down. This pear tart had a light, buttery crisp pastry and vanilla custard encasing the tender pears, the slop of bitter chocolate sauce was a completely unnecessary addition as it was a pleasure without any adornment.

Pear tart, La Monroe, Filmoteca Barcelona
Pear tart

For people watchers like myself the location is a dream as the wonderous variety of characters that criss-cross this barrio punctuate the plates and of course a pre- or post meal film next door is a must.

La Monroe terrace, Filmoteca Barcelona
Photo courtesy of La Monroe website

C/ Plaça Salvador Seguí 1-9, Raval.

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