Ok, so I think we might just have stumbled across the best tacos in Europe.
Bold claims, I know. Theres this little Mexican joint I have dying to tell you about ever since I visited a couple of weeks back now.
Welcome to Nino Viejo, the newest restaurant of Albert Adrià and Paco Méndez. First there was the infamous El Bulli, then Tickets, Pakta, Bodega 1900 and now there’s this new Mexican kid on the block. Albert Adrià is the brother of Ferran Adrià, the man behind the legendary El Bulli restaurant, and he is rapidly changing the Sant Antoni and Poble Sec neighbourhoods into a gastronomic heaven.
Adrià and chef Paco Méndez (whom was born in Mexico and worked for El Bulli) have tasked themselves with opening the best Mexican restaurant in the world – outside of Mexico, of course. It’s busy, buzzy & inexpensive.
Having ordered a fair selection (pretty much everything on the menu), we got stuck into civilised, grown up dinner conversation.
Fuelled by a few of these…
We sipped on a few Mexican mules and gorged on what I can only describe as the guacamole of gods.
And I mean holy guacamole. Unreal. The perfect avocado/salt/lime/garlic ratio that can only be obtained by what I imagine is some kind of Mexican voodoo ritual.
Next up were chicken thigh popcorn with a Jalapeño sauce. The chicken was good ‘n’ crispy. Frighteningly moreish!
As far as I’m concerned tacos are the best thing to happen to food in… forever. These little beauties were no exception.
The fish taco. A sweet, smoky, lightly spicy concoction that just sings with the crunchy, fresh fish and avocado.
Josper tenderloin Taco. Deliciously succulent meat, green salsa, pickled jalapeño, diced onion, coriander and lashings of their secret sauce.
Followed by a Huitlacoche quesadilla that quite honestly blew my mind it was so good!
Grandma’s pork ribs. Please promise me you’ll order these? They’re outrageously good. Slow cooked pork belly marinated in chile Ãrbol and habanero, served with tortillas ready for wrappin’.
A cruncy corn cone ice cream, for the win.
The atmosphere was loud, buzzy and fun. The place was packed. It was a truly excellent meal. If you happen to be in town I highly recommend juan pays Nino Viejo a visit Where can you find them?
Avenida Mistral, nº54-56
08015 Barcelona (España)
PS. Make sure you book!