One of the questions I get asked all the time in Barcelona is “Where should I go to eat?” Well, Kiosko might not serve traditional Spanish food, but it’s definitely one of my new Barcelona favorites. This small restaurant is close to the beach, and it only serves burgers and side dishes (fries, potatoes, and salad).
It’s always packed full, and I’d been dying to go for a while based solely on the long lines winding out the door and on to the street. This week, I finally got my chance!
After a long night of fútbol and discotecas (on, um, a Wednesday), I went with a couple of friends to celebrate the puente. We joined the long lunchtime queue, which went surprisingly quickly. And actually, having some time to wait wasn’t necessarily bad thing because it took us so long to decide which delicious burgers we wanted.
It was fun watching other people get their food. You could definitely tell who hadn’t been there before as we all had the same reaction - shocked laughter and gasps at the sheer size of the burgers!
At first I was unsure if we were going to get a seat because it was so full, but the system they have in place seems to work pretty well. We only waited a couple of minutes to sit down at the long communal tables, and our food was out quickly too. The burgers got delivered on faux newspaper, “Your Daily Burger”, printed with the Kiosko menu.
I chose the Asturiana (inspired by my recent trip to Asturias!), with blue cheese, caramelized onions, tomato, lettuce, and Spanish red onions.
My friend Diego chose the Burgos, which had a lamb and lechal (milk-fed suckling lamb) patty, topped with goat cheese, red peppers, tomatoes, onions, and Spanish red onions.
And my new friend Molly (who has her own BCN blog, See Molly Run Away) ordered the Vegetariana with a tofu and mushroom patty, peppers, tomatoes, onions, and Spanish red onions.
The biggest challenge of eating at Kiosko was that we didn’t get cutlery. All three of us stared at our massive burgers for a good minute or so, trying to decide which angle to best start the attack from. It was quite a task – my burger was literally as big as my face. We gave up on trying to be polite and dug in. The burgers lived up to their delicious reputation and then some!
Each month, Kiosko has a featured burger, so the menu is always changing. You can click HERE to see their menu (in your choice of Catalan, Spanish, or English). This month’s burger was a chicken burger with wasabi guacamole.
Kiosko was a great place for a cheap, good meal in Barcelona. The retro-style decor and cactuses hanging on the walls give the place a funky feel. It’s definitely a small place, and you’ll be rubbing elbows (quite literally) with your neighbors while you eat, as the seating is communal. They also have tasty homemade sauces on hand, like ketchup and spicy chili sauce. It reminded me a bit of the lengthy dining hall dinners I had in college – you just sat down, shared, and talked surrounded by a bunch of friendly people.
I really loved Kiosko, but if you want a quiet sit-down meal, this isn’t the place for it. Similarly, a friend warned me “Never go to Kiosko for a first date!” Or, if you do, be prepared to put all your dignity aside as you tuck in.
Oh, and there’s one other downside of Kiosko – you’ll be so stuffed after eating your burger, you won’t want to eat again for about a month! I swore I was never eating again after yesterday’s lunch. I’m still unsure if I’ll be ready to have a big Christmas dinner!
Here’s some practical information about Kiosko:
- Where: Marquès de L’Argentera 1 bis (close to Barceloneta metro stop)
- Prices: about €8 – €9 for a burger and a drink; €2 – €4 for fries or potatoes
- Hours: 1 p.m. – 1 a.m. every day
- Website: Kioskoburger.com
Anybody reading been to Kiosko before? Does anyone know of any other great burger places in Barcelona?