Dirty South – the new jewel in Barcelona’s culinary crown!
Whilst on a long weekend to Barcelona recently, we were delighted to be invited to a preopening event at the most recent addition to Barcelona’s thriving food scene, Dirty South.
You could be forgiven for thinking you were at the wrong place when you arrive at the venue. Despite a catchy design job on the logo and signage, the unassuming frontage doesn’t do justice to what’s inside, for which we actually love it all the more!
Dirty South is the brainchild of husband and wife team Theo and Katie O’Donnell and thanks to a complete overhaul of a once run down tapas bar, the space has been transformed into an atmospheric canvas for the artistry of Head Chef Shaw Prescott, a ten-year veteran of the Barcelona food scene.
At the preopening event, we were treated to a celebratory glass (or few) of Cava, but would definitely recommend a stop at the well-stocked cocktail bar as you make your way through to the dining area and sit down for the main event.
We were too busy admiring the huge wall graphics to notice an apron on each of our chairs as we sat down to a starter of hushpuppies, a tasty southern staple of battered balls, served with a range of dips. Seeing the array of tools on the table, we were now intrigued by what was to come.
We didn’t have to wait long to find out, as the waiting team came in and literally dumped four buckets worth of ‘Low Country Boil’ on two large round tables. The sumptuous concoction of lobster, crab, crevettes, chorizo, corn and potatoes sat steaming just long enough for everyone to grab a much sought after photo, before we were invited to adorn our aprons, grab our plates and get stuck in!
The long tables were soon abuzz with the cracking of crab shells and talk of the succulent southern flavours and the clear potential the place had when it opened its doors.
That time has now come following a launch last Friday and with the mix of theatre, fine food and friendly staff, we can’t wait to return!
To check it out for yourself, go to www.dirtysouthbcn.com