After several years on the Barcelona food truck and pop-up dining scene, the popular Rooftop Smokehouse have now made getting your hands on their cold-smoked products easier with the opening of a permanent delicatessen shop. Located in ‘barrio of the moment’, Sant Antoní, unsurprisingly it’s stylish, managing somehow to combine the essence of a French country charcuterie and at the same time, an English butcher’s counter.On offer is a selection of the produce they cold smoke at their main premises in the former Eixample toy factory Fabrica Lehmann, these are predominantly pork products such as sausages, pancetta, pastrami, French rillettes, Italian porchetta and even English bacon. You won’t find the intensive, factory farmed pig which dominates the Spanish porcine market hanging in their smoker, this is all ethically sourced meat from the farmers they work closely with.In addition there’s smoked butter, ample breasts of duck and chicken, fish such as smoked salmon, mackerel fillets and wonderful smoked octopus tentacles, which served a la feria style over boiled potatoes with olive oil and paprika made a very easy, yet delicious Saturday night dinner. The smoky flavour is pronounced but not overwhelming. If you’ve been put off by smoked food in the past, I am sure it was likely ‘enhanced’ with artificial smoke flavouring, the traditional smoking method adds a different touch altogether.Of course no new business these days would be complete with a craft beer selection, but in this case they are a perfect match for those cured, salty, smoked flavours.
Anyone wanting to learn more about butchery, smoking, fermentation or curing may be keen to try one of the workshops they regularly host at Fabrica Lehmann and gift hampers with selections of their products are available to order in shop or online too, both of which make an interesting and unique gift for a gourmand in your life.
There’s one other product I’d love to see make an appearance on their counter – some smoked haddock, pollock or coley so I could finally bring an good old fashioned British fish pie to my Barcelona table. I guess a kipper or two might be asking a bit much though…
Rooftop Smokehouse Charcuterie, C/Parlament 19, Sant Antoní