A stylish new space has opened in Barcelona that pays an epicurean’s homage to the bocadillo, the sandwich. Prepared with various types of breads (coca flatbread, Viena, different grains, corn, country-style….) bocadillos are filled with such gourmet, high-quality ingredients as pork loin with mustard and honey, trout, roasted chicken, and partridge in vinegar, as well as various embutidos (cured pork products) and black footed Ibérico cured ham. Accompanying these are fresh salads, fresh fruits, and deserts. And of course, wines. Twenty-four varieties—12 from Catalonia—as well as beers, coffee, fruit juices, and soft drinks.
Although clearly design conscious, Fastvínic has LEED certification for its ecological sustainability—in the building, in the working practices, and in the products. The result is something natural and familiar, gorgeous, modern. And delicious.
Fastvínic is a new project by Sergi Ferrer-Salat and his team, who are also behind the fabulous Barcelona wine bar Monvínic. Jay McInerney, celebrated writer (Bright Lights, Big City) and wine columnist for the Wall Street Journal, wrote an article about Montvínic in the WSJ titled “The Best Wine Bar in the World?” His answer: Perhaps. “Despite my best efforts, I haven’t been to every wine bar in the world, so it may be that there are other contenders to the throne, but Monvínic in Barcelona is certainly the best wine bar I’ve been to in recent memory.”
So, is Fastvínic the best bocadillo café in the world? My answer: go find out for yourself. You won’t be disappointed.