After a marathon week of traversing the winding, narrow streets of Barcelona to find the best vegan food, we found ourselves wanting to go back to the Blueproject Foundation Café. We couldn’t get enough of this place! But all good things must come to an end, so after two incredible meals at the Blueproject Foundation, we had to say our goodbyes as our week in Barcelona had come to an end.
The Blueproject Foundation is a multidisciplinary arts center focused on modern and contemporary art. The foundation’s restaurant, El Café, is located next door. The unique lighting, artistic decor, and hanging cacti provide a welcoming atmosphere for a relaxed, leisurely lunch. All the ingredients are 100% organic and while everything is vegetarian, there is a handful of raw, vegan, and gluten-free options as well. Everything is very clearly labeled on the menu.
While you might find the menu to be somewhat limited, it’s the kind of place where each menu item is thoughtfully crafted, resulting in mature flavor combinations that make you think, “Wow, that is something I have never before tasted, and I love it!” The daily set menu (for €15) is a great option if you’re looking for a complete meal consisting of an appetizer, main course, dessert, and beverage. Otherwise, the à la carte menu offers a variety of small plates like the “Magic Hummus” with sprouted chickpeas and sunflower seeds or the raw “Cosmic Pizza“ with a dehydrated buckwheat base and cashew “cheese.”
The vegan, raw, and gluten-free “Love Sandwich” below was out of this world! It’s made with dehydrated sprouted seed bread, almond and sunflower seed falafel, tomato, carrots, kale, cucumber, and sprouts. It was light, refreshing, and bursting with robust flavors. I loved everything about it.
The “Veggie Burger” was topped with fresh vegetables along with caramelized onion and a tasty aioli. Instead of an overwhelming burger bun, this burger was sandwiched between two thin slices of whole grain flat bread, making for a more balanced burger experience! My husband has consumed veggie burgers in just about every country we have visited this year, and he found the Blueproject Foundation’s burger to be in the top three!
This vegan zucchini soup was part of the set menu. It was incredibly fresh and so creamy. I loved the topping of chia seeds, sesame seeds, pumpkins seeds, and buckwheat groats. It was a simple addition that really brought this soup up a notch!
This raw, vegan plate of vegan “meatballs” was also one of the set menu options. It was rich in flavor and delicately presented. I loved assembling my mini sandwiches with the raw flat bread made from sprouted seeds, onions, carrots, and raisins (the same delicious flat bread used for the “Love Sandwich”.)
We couldn’t resist trying the “Out-of-this-world Carrot Cake.” Made with carrot purée, coconut, dates, agave, and tonka beans, it was in fact out of this world! The best part is that the cake is topped with lemon cashew cream, cacao nibs, and spirulina. What a unique approach to the traditional carrot cake!
And lastly, if you have ever wanted to try a hazelnut milk café con leche, Blueproject is the place to go. I drank this one especially slowly to savor its beautiful presentation as well as the mouth-watering combination of hazelnut, espresso, and dark chocolate.