Last updated on May 8, 2019
Serving up a wholesome dollop of vintage Americana, Brunch & Cake is quite literally putting brunch on the map in Barcelona. And it’s about damn time…
Brunch, like most “modern” dining concepts, is only just taking off in Barcelona, but it seems to have hit the ground running. Located in the upscale area of Esquerra de l’Eixample, this bright and fresh cafe-come-restaurant swarms with loud American girls in Lulu Lemon yoga pants and debonair men with dark features and light denim.
Thumbs swipe frantically at iPhone screens, planning days and nights of decadence in this balmy metropolis. And with seating built into the window frames, and a small, exclusive row of outdoor tables to pose at out front, it’s clear that Brunch & Cake is a place to see and be seen.
The welcome is warm and familiar, with an effortless air of cosmopolitan sophistication: the hostess happily flits back and forth between Spanish and English. This sort of customer care is rare in Barcelona, and I like it.
The menu, too, is available in English, with Sweet Happiness, Big Salads, Bread & Eggs, and Brunch Classic Revisited vying for your attention in American typewriter font. Our coffees arrive: the (more expensive) flat white looks and tastes exactly the same as the cafe con leche – some things, I fear, will never change here in Barcelona. I already know I will need another…
My French toast arrives and, as predicted, it looks more like an ice-cream sundae than a simple eggy-bread feast. It’s dripping in a sort of crème anglaise sauce that’s been caramelised with a blow torch.
A dollop of dark berry compote bleeds out and my teeth ache just from looking at it. Inside, the bread is soft and cool, not toasted, and I devour it all in five sticky forkfuls.
I turn my attention to Sylvie’s bacon, creamy-mashed potatoes and greens bagel with wild mushrooms and scrambled eggs. I’m allowed ‘one taste.’ It’s salty and sweet and everything you could wish for from your lavish Sunday brunch.
Zoe’s eggs Benedict with turkey on waffle looks like heaven on a plate and again I melt into a chasm of culinary envy…
Great service, fantastic location, solid brunch menu (with healthy options available too) – there’s not much to groan about at Brunch & Cake… apart from the coffee, perhaps.
Address: Brunch & Cake, Carrer Enric Granados, 19, 08007 Barcelona, Spain
Phone: +34 932 00 28 72
Nearest Metro Stop: Passeig de Gràcia