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  • Writer's pictureWalter Ponce

Pocha Restaurant, Barcelona - Review

Overall rating ★★★ │Korean│30 Eur pp│Eixample, Barcelona

Service: ★★★★Food: ★★★★Location: ★★Price: ★★★★Portions: ★★★★

Embarking on a culinary adventure often leads us to unexpected gems, and in the heart of Barcelona, POCHA Asian Dining & Bar stands out as a unique destination for those seeking a taste of Korean delights. The name 'Pocha' itself, meaning "eating and drinking with friends at street stalls after work," sets the stage for an immersive experience that goes beyond traditional dining.

As you step into POCHA restaurant, you're instantly transported to the vibrant streets of Korea. Byul Nim Ro, the owner, has curated an ambiance that mirrors the Korean night scene – neon lights, industrial aesthetics reminiscent of 'Blade Runner,' and an atmosphere that invites you to unwind. The narrow bar entrance leads to a charming half-underground restaurant, making it a distinctive spot in the city.

The menu at POCHA is a delightful blend of tradition and modern adaptations. One standout is the Korean-style fried chicken – a crispy revelation that showcases the culinary prowess of the kitchen. The chef's innovative touch extends to cocktails, where soju, a subtle rice liquor, takes center stage. A simple mix of beer and soju reveals a harmonious balance, bringing out the bitterness of the beer without overshadowing its flavor.

Food review Pocha restaurant

  1. Kimchi: The kimchi at Pocha was delightfully tangy and packed with flavor. It had the perfect balance of spice and acidity, and the cabbage was crisp and fresh. It served as a refreshing and appetizing starter to our meal.

  2. Korean Ribs with Kalbi Sauce: The Korean ribs were a standout dish. The meat was incredibly tender and flavorful, with a rich, savory taste enhanced by the sweet and tangy kalbi sauce. The ribs were perfectly grilled, imparting a smoky charred flavor that complemented the sauce beautifully.

  3. Banban Chicken: The banban chicken was a real crowd-pleaser. The chicken was crispy on the outside and tender on the inside, and the sauce had a wonderful balance of sweet and spicy flavors. The dish was garnished with sesame seeds and green onions, adding a nice textural contrast and freshness.

  4. Kimchi Pancake: The kimchi pancake was a delicious combination of savory and crispy. The kimchi added a punch of flavor to the pancake, and it was cooked to perfection – crispy on the outside and soft on the inside. It was served with a dipping sauce that complemented the flavors perfectly.

POCHA restaurant has earned a reputation among its patrons for its extensive menu and satisfying portions. The reasonable prices make it an attractive option, and the restaurant accepts both cash and card payments. Due to its popularity, booking in advance is advisable to secure a table.

The cozy atmosphere and a terrace perfect for casual dining make POCHA restaurant an ideal spot for relaxation after a busy day. The high number of regular customers attests to the consistent quality and appeal of this Korean gem in Barcelona.

POCHA Asian Dining & Bar invites diners on a gastronomic journey that transcends borders, offering a taste of Korea in the heart of Barcelona. From the eclectic ambiance to the inventive culinary creations, this restaurant is a testament to the owner's dedication to providing a unique and delightful experience. Whether you're a Korean food enthusiast or a curious culinary explorer, POCHA Barcelona promises an unforgettable dining adventure in the heart of the city.


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