Barcelona Underground drew much contentment during our recent visit to little Mono Risto bar. From the relaxed, friendly and efficient, to the tasty and thoughtfully presented food Mono has much that receives our hearty recommendation.
Elegant centrally supported tables (important if you are long of leg) gather round a traditional wooden-topped bar, perched upon which are free tapas every Thursday (as long as you buy a drink or two).
Table service commences with a menu of 5-6 dishes for each course, and the usual offering of beers, wines and naughty spirits. It’s worth noting that house wine- red, white and rose- is available for 1euro a glass and 3 more will get you half a litre, and it doesn’t even taste like vinegar.
Real effort has been put into table presentation, along with the general appearance of the bar. Food arrives promptly and is a mix of European and more exotic flavours.
What we ate:
We tried the Mono salad (mojama tuna from Andalucia, with leaves, cucumber and wasabi pea mayonnaise- which could have been hotter), hummus and the slow cooked steak (which had a lot of garlic flavour, but was incredibly tender and very tasty).
A glance around revealed a mixed crowd of drinkers, eaters and the obligatory sport-watching locals (yes, there’s a giant flat screen streaming all the gratuitous sweaty sport action alpha males could desire, but thankfully there’s no volume). The staff were happy, chatty and attractive.
Overall, it’s more of a place to go with a friend, rather than a hot date, so gather ye your compadres and pop in to Mono if you find yourself east of Sant Antoni.
Reviewed By: Jon-Moxey
Mono Risto-Bar, Calabria 80, 08015 Barcelona
Mon:08:00-17:00 Tue – Fri:08:00 -23:30 Sat:09:00-23:30
The three plates with beers ,wine and a coffee for two came to just under €40