I have a new favourite Asian restaurant in Barcelona, Red Ant Noodle Bar. It’s not that it’s new nor new to me, but simply because it’s the restaurant I’ve been coming back to over and over again in the last few months.
Red Ant is part of a group that have a few Asian restaurants in the Born district in Barcelona. I think they’ve chosen cool names: Red Ant, Mosquito and Grasshopper. I haven’t been to Grasshopper but Mosquito Bar was the first, the classic. They specialise in homemade organic dumplings with Belgian and German beers to accompany. Before they opened the other two restaurants, (or at least before my knowledge of them anyway) I remember they used to declare on their website: Life without dumpling is not worth living.
Yep, life should include dumplings.
Anyway, Red Ant is a sister of Mosquito, and they specialise in noodles, both in soup or not, and artisanal beers. For the beer and alcohol haters, like my latest companions that came with me, they also have a great selection of fancy fruit infused waters.
My beer hating friend said the Belvoir Pomegranate and Raspberry Presse was great. My alcohol-in-general hating friend told me to specifically please point out that the Belvoir Lime and Lemongrass Presse was tasteless. I quality controlled it and indeed it was tasteless.
The food is fantastic. The bowl way up there at the beginning of my post is a mango and salmon salad. It’s the typical dish I fall in love with and later inspires me in my kitchen. You can bet I’ll make something similar soon.
The noodles pictured here were pork belly and chicken noodles. I recommend both!