Hello there foodie freaks, today we’re talking about Carrer Nou which is a great Neighborhood Spanish Tapas restaurant with selections of market menu plates, and some enjoyable and not so enjoyable oddities.
Carrer Nou is a bit of a hidden spot that features plenty of faithful clientel, along with its friendly bar and colorful homey kitchen. Much of this relaxed atmosphere goes well to compliment the floral plates and bright exuberant food.
In typical Tapas style, we get right to it with “Croquettas” filled with cheese and cured prosciutto. These wonderfully fried balls of deliciousness provide the start to a more than satisfactory meal.
Up next is a well prepared “Tortilla Traditional” fashioned with onion and country potato. This buttery dish is simple yet pleasing with a proper accompaniment of garlic bruschetta toastinis.
If your in the mood for something a little more refreshing, than enjoy a classic Spanish “Gazpacho.” This iteration of the cold soup has a bit more complexity in its acidic spicy nature.
Finally we get to my favorite of the starter bunch, “Habas con Jamon Serano.” Fat lima beans with savory shaved prosciutto in an olive oil and garlic butter base. This dish has a soft textural quality that invites you in with its flavorful aroma.
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Need something a little light after all that tapas? The “Ondarroa con Salmon” is an elegant tartar with a fresh greens side salad. This dish may sound simple, but the fatty salmon is complimented well by a little lemon and the colorful greens.
A rustic dish of steamed mussels, potato, cured ham, and shallots may provide the perfect counterpoint to your friends froofy salad. The “Mejillones Puerro” is sure to be the envy of the table with its hearty proteins, all in a creamy garlic base.
Now we start getting weird with “Mollejas con Camarones.” Its not often that you order fish cheeks with shrimp and whole Spanish olives in a tomato reduction. This is a slightly sweet and saucy plate that goes well with the accompanied rice and salad.
Lastly we have the disclaimer dish “Cachatso.” A seemingly normal plate of chicken kidneys in an onion gravy with rice. It wasn’t told to me that upon first bite of this hellish concoction, I would continue to gagg from eating an organ thats normally reserved for making chicken urine. Culturally speaking, “Cachatso” is best served after more than a few cocktails, but from what I tasted this dish is not safe for Gringos.
Carrer Nou is your perfect friendly neighborhood Spanish tapas. It may be a bit of a trek, but if your in the area than get a couple of dishes and a great gin and tonic. Stay for the mussles, avoid the kidneys, sulad!
Text: Rami Hunter L. Photos: Alejandro Mery *We were invited to this place
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