Besides being a GF food explorer, I am a full time primary school teacher and find it really hard to write about the places I try in a timely manner. I do apologize! And this is the fate of this, my post about a place called Gula Sana that we taste tested in 2017.
Located in the Eixample neighborhood near Passeig de Sant Joan in Barcelona, Gula Sana ‘Gluten Free Cafe’ invites you in with its modern sign and funky lights. Boasting the fact that they are a 100% dedicated gluten free restaurant out front has certainly helped attract customers and garner their 5 star ratings on Trip Advisor and Yelp. Since 2016 they have been perfecting their craft, and we were excited to give this place a try.
As with most cafes in Barcelona, the interior is quite narrow. There are a few bench seats and smaller tables, but I can imagine that if you try to come at a busy time you might wait for a table. The decor is warm, natural, and hip, and they continue with that modern, funky lighting vibe from their main sign. This simplicity of design makes it a comfortable place to enjoy a meal and conversation. They now have exterior seating too, which adds the the enjoyability.
The goodies case is the main focal point when you walk in. They have many kinds of cookies – from fruity flavored tea biscuits to specialty decorated sugar cookies. They also have the classic magdalena muffins and a few other pastry items that are usual suspects in a GF bakery (bread, cakes, etc.). What excites me the most when I first try a restaurant, are the things that they make that are unique and different. Here they have savory plates like quiche, crepes, croquetas, and empanadas. These plates change daily, and when ordered as a “Plato del Día”, they come with water and a dessert for 8.90€. They also offer a brunch menu and a variety of baguette sandwiches, or bocadillos. They are a restaurant that is constantly trying to create new, enticing items for us to try while catering to a clientele who have dietary restrictions.
They day we went we tried a vegetarian empanada, bocadillo with tuna and fresh cheese, a slice of lemon meringue pie, and a slice of classic chocolate cake. While yes, these plates may look underwhelming, I can assure you that the taste was delicious. The bread was crisp on the outside yet soft in, and the empanada had a buttery tasting crust with a sautéed ragu of mixed veg stuffed inside. The cakes were moist and not overly sweet. We literally licked our plates. It appears on their Instagram page, they have stepped up their game when it comes to plating as well. As they mature and grow as a restaurant, it is only natural that they will continue to find ways to make their food stand out visually. We look forward to eating here again in the future!
Sat – Sun : 9 AM – 9 PM