a Taste of | Market Kitchen

Right in the middle of the most crowded place in Barcelona, las Ramblas, there’s an even more crowded place – la Boqueria market.


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And right in the middle of the crowded crowd, there’s the heaven of fresh market kitchen taste (la cocina del mercado, in Spanish): el Quim de la Boqueria, a food bar that does not take any reservations, and is always full.

Quim Márquez has 25 years of kitchen experience. Here he uses only the sea food, the fish, the veggies and the fruits of la Boqueria market. The menu includes Starters and Tapas, an eggs section (Start the Day with Two Fried Eggs!), the Specialties, Grilled Fish, Sandwiches (served until noon) and Homemade Desserts.

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Quim shares a bit from the story of the place, on the website: A few lines to explain you how I arrived at the Mercat de la Boqueria in August 1987. I bought a small bar with a 3 meter-long counter and five stools. It was hidden just opposite the main entrance. For sure it was not the best place in the market but I was really excited. The very first days it seemed a huge market, real impressive. I felt dizzy with the idea that I was part of that Paradise of food. It was and still is, a small village inside the big city. 


 

El-QuimFried Eggs with Wild Mushrooms, € 18


Quim continues: The first four years were tough and I worked hard to gain loyal customers, be well-known and always offer a high level of service which I still require. After that time the market management asked me to move to aisle 5, stands 525-526, because of some reforms that had to be made. Much better placement! However, the same 3 meter-counter and five stools. That moving did not include a business expansion but it opened my mind and made me dream of a future with more space. As I said, we had only five stools. But, we served breakfast from 7 am and more than 100 meals during rush hours when people went from one place to another. That was 1991 Xmas. In that small counter I offered my culinary creations always cooked with fresh market products and with the desire that a breakfast or a meal can turn into a pleasure for my customers. Every day more people showed me their recognition until one day in October 2000 I was notified that the market was going to be reformed again. That’s my turn, I thought. I had the opportunity to open a new Quim de la Boqueria with a 16 meter-counter and 18 stools just a few meters from where my bar stood . My dream!!! There it was and I was the happiest man in earth. It was a great opportunity and I had to take it. 


quim04House Specialty: Eggs and baby squid fried with olive oil, garlic, chilly pepper, Maldon salt and black pepper. € 19.75


I want my place to be a meeting point of cultures and tastes with a unique devotion: gastronomy. A place where you can taste real market food from La Boqueria market. She has been the mother of “Quim de la Boqueria” and working here daily I want to return all she has given to me.



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