While walking towards the PL. Espanya in Barcelona, having walked off-path a few times and felt a bit lost in the city of Barcelona, we saw a sign on top of a small door: Restaurante Rincon Persa. Ok we don’t speak Spanish but Persa can’t mean too many things now can it?
We quickly glanced at the menu and saw the familiar words: mast-o-jiar , burani … JACKPOT!
Behind the door we found a nice cozy atmosphere full of Iranian drawings, old Qajar style tea sets, the Farvahar sign and many more persian decorative pieces.
A nice Spanish lady greeted us and asked us if we were Iranian (in Farsi).
It was not the right time to eat lunch nor dinner, but we had to sit down: it had been 10 days since we had real Persian tea!
We ordered some appetizers and of course the tea was just heavenly. They also had tea, dried sabzi, golab, tomato paste and some jarred food for sale.
It’s easy to take Iranian restaurants for granted when you live in Iranian communities. Most don’t even bother to have Persian decoration here in LA.
There, we had a nice conversation with the owners. There was a picture of ex-president Khatami with the owner on the wall, no sign of turban though. They said that most of their clientel is Spanish and they seem to love our cuisine. No surprise there!
I wanted to share the experience and the photos with my friends and just in case you go to Barcelona, make sure to visit this warm and inviting atmosphere. They’re located on Floridablanca street: It’s a gem, especially when you feel a bit homesick.