Flax and Kale

“Eat better, be happier, live longer” is a motto I agree with from Flax and Kale. This trendy flexitarian restaurant that opened in Barcelona in 2014 specializes in whole food with an emphasis on healthy and plant-based dishes. Eighty percent of the meals are plant-based, raw, organic, vegan and vegetarian, but a few dishes are of oily fish.

Our experience at Flax and Kale for dinner did not disappoint. The extensive menu teased us because we did not have the stomach to consume as much as we’d like. Everything tempted us. In the end, we each ordered something different so we could do some sampling. But only after we enjoyed a couple cold-pressed green juices.

Nick got Flax and Kale’s creation of red curry, the Veggie Panang Curry. Exhibiting robust lemongrass, cilantro, and chili flavors, the young coconut meat garnished on top tied all the flavors together nicely.

Veggie Panang Curry: carrot, cauliflower, broccoli, eggplant, portobello mushrooms, raw peanuts, Thai young coconut, red curry sauce, lotus flower, and cilantro with whole jasmine rice.

Breaking from my usual standards, I ordered the Green Power Ravioli. The dish appears small, but it was quite rich. Delicious and impressive were my thoughts. The raw tomatoes on top were a nice and refreshing addition.

Green Power Ravioli: baked eggplants, spinach ravioli with tofu, mushrooms and ricotta cashews, with green sauce, vegan parmesan, and tomato concassé.

Too full, I ignored my satiety and went in full force for the desserts. It took us a while to decide on what we wanted because like the food menu, the dessert options were plenty and all seemed scrumptious. We ended up with the Greek Coconut Parfait and the Two Textures Choco Cake, which is a brownie with homemade strawberry ice cream. We both thought the brownie amazing, and although the coconut parfait was delicious, it couldn’t stand up to the brownie. The soft texture of the brownie was like velvet on my tongue, and the sauce created a sweet, creamy flavor that moistened the cake in a pleasant way. Add the strawberry ice cream to the combo, and the whole experience exploded with euphoria in my mouth.

Two Textures Choco Cake: brownie with chocolate mousse and cream of aven avellana meringue, with strawberry ice cream.

To be fair, the coconut parfait alone would have been more delicious. We should have had the parfait first before having the brownie, and by the time we got to it, my stomach felt like it was going to explode!

Greek Coconut Parfait: homemade coconut creamy yogurt with strawberries, blackberries, blueberries, and a gluten-free chocolate crumble.

This food adventure at Flax and Kale will have us returning soon. I agree the quality of the food and the emphasis on whole food are both excellent, but I wouldn’t say everything is healthy. There are healthier dishes than the ones we ordered, but even the unhealthily ones aren’t too bad. The ambiance of the Flax and Kale is nicer than other plant-based restaurants in Barcelona. The price is also higher, too, but if you eat there, you’ll understand why that is.

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