Currently I’m staying in lovely Barcelona. As I was scrolling down Pinterest looking for some nice and healthy places to escape ‘la cocina española’, I found the restaurant ‘Flax & Kale’.
Don’t get me wrong, I love to go for tapas, but after a while it all gets so grassy and monotonic.
The restaurant is owned by Teresa Carles, who also has a vegetarian restaurant ‘Teresa Carles’ around the corner of Flax & Kale and a cold-pressed juice shop called ‘Teresa’s Juicery’.
The concept of Flax & Kale is healthy and ‘flexitarian’. Basically, they offer 80% plant-based food and 20% of the menu contains fish, which makes it not strictly vegetarian.
I convinced three friends to come with me (of which two would’ve been happy to dine at Burger King as well) and try my ‘special’ restaurant choices.
Everybody was highly enthusiastic afterwards! It may have been mostly vegan and gluten-free, but everything tasted so good and was not that expensive.
The restaurant is big and has a nice and clean interior. It’s a bit chilly inside compared to the warm sun outside, so don’t forget to bring a sweater.
For dinner, we shared the ‘healthy mezze platter’ to start. It contained a spelt, chia and flax cracker, a beetroot and seeds cracker and a kale cracker with three hummus-based spreads. Furthermore three quinoa-vegan foie balls, a small salad and some raw vegetables.
I took the raw vegan lasagna next, made of raw zucchini (making it a cold dish) with a sauce of fresh and dried tomatoes, baby spinach, cashews and macadamia cheese and basil pesto. So delicious! My friends tried the veggie burger, the ‘No Digas Tacos’ and another lasagna. I took a bite of everything and was surprised how good everything tasted. I’m not always a fan of raw food, but I’m definitely a fan of this kind!
We wanted to taste more, so we decided to share a dessert. We ordered the Apple Crumble Gluten-Free Cake and the Two Textures Choco Cake. Oh my.. I have a sweet tooth and this was seriously heaven on earth. The crumble was made of corn and chocolate chips and was served with a sweet potato ice cream. The first bite of potato ice cream was a bit weird but the apple crumble was amazing. And then the two textures choco cake. It was a bit heavy after all we ate already but the taste was incredible. It was one layer vegan brownie, a layer of chocolate mousse covered with a light cream and a frozen strawberry sorbet.
Because of our happy stomachs, we decided to also try out their popular weekend brunch one week later.
I had the healthy pancakes, made of quinoa, eggs, vanilla, oil, soya yoghurt, blueberries and maple syrup. Served as a tower of four pancakes, they were surprisingly light and fluffy!
My friends took the gluten free muesli, the scandal scramble, two times the eggs benedict, a vegan cookie, vegan pear-chocolate muffin and the same brownie as we had for dessert the other day because one friend couldn’t get enough of it.
I’m not a big fan of eggs so only took a taste of the sweet dishes.
We also had some cappuccinos with soymilk, a Teresa’s Favourite smoothie (almond milk and -butter, frozen strawberry, agave, vanilla), a frozen Pink Panter smoothie (frozen pineapple, strawberries, beetroot, ginger) and two ‘Rejuvenators’ (frozen mango, pineapple, acai, gojiberries and chia). The smoothies were good but our eyes were bigger than our stomachs, so we couldn’t finish them.
Also their brunch is very recommended!
C/ Tallers 74B
08001 Barcelona, Spain
As they are popular, you should make a reservation to be sure you get a table.
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