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  • Writer's pictureWalter Ponce

Restaurant Shoronpo, Barcelona - Review

Overall rating ★★★│Japanese│20 Eur pp│Gracia, Barcelona

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

Welcome to Shoronpo, a charming and intimate eatery that promises an unforgettable dining experience. Despite its small size, this cool and cozy space invites you to indulge in a culinary adventure. One of the unique highlights is the open kitchen, where you can catch a glimpse of the chefs at work, especially the large pots of simmering broth that will make your mouth water.

Shoronpo's menu centers around two main delights: ramen and shoronpo soup dumplings. The steamed shoronpo soup dumplings, available in a variety of flavors, are perfect as appetizers. I highly recommend trying different varieties, such as the luxurious truffle or the spicy gekikara. Additionally, the menu includes various gyoza options and other beloved Japanese comfort foods like karaage.

For those interested in exploring more, Shoronpo offers classic shoronpo dumplings alongside unique options like slightly spicy ones or those infused with truffle. Beyond dumplings, the menu features a selection of appetizers such as menma (sautéed bamboo shoots) and abonegue (an avocado salad with leek, wasabi, and nori seaweed).

I had the pleasure of trying the classic shoronpo, and it was an extraordinary experience. The attention to detail in every bite was evident, making it a must-try.

When it comes to ramen, you have the option to choose between chicken or vegetable broth. They serve the classic shoyu and miso ramen. I personally tried the tantanmen, which consists of ramen noodles in broth, sautéed pork, bamboo shoots, and an egg with sesame sauce. While the dish was flavorful, I found that the taste of the sautéed pork tended to overpower the broth and other ingredients.

The menu at Shoronpo, though concise, offers more variety than their first restaurant. It includes options like fried rice and a limited selection of desserts, providing something for everyone.

Given the restaurant's limited seating, the turnaround time is quite fast. However, I highly recommend booking your table in advance. Even on a regular Tuesday, you might see numerous people being turned away at the door due to it being fully booked. Shoronpo is truly one of a kind, and if you're a ramen enthusiast, this is a spot you can't afford to miss!

Restaurant Shoronpo address: Carrer del Dr. Rizal, 20, Gracia, 08006 Barcelona

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