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I love to cook, but whenever I go to the US I’m always amazed by the sheer number of take-out food options. It seems there’s something on every corner whether it’s your local newspaper kiosk that also seems to have some Italian grandmother's meatballs and pasta to go in the fridge, or some blow-your-head-off Sechuanese stirfry. The edible world, is literally, your oyster and within five or six blocks you can rest assured you can pretty much get what your heart, and stomach desires.
Not so here in Barcelona where take-out is still a relatively new concept beyond doner kebabs and falafel. You can get pizza delivered if you’re not too fussy about the standard. Telepizza in my opinion is inedible, and I’ve not yet succumbed to the lure of Pizza Express (who recently acquired all Pizza Hut outlets) but increasingly there are options, and some of them aren’t half bad, especially for those nights when you just can’t face the kitchen.
Sushi Express (www.sushiexpress.net)
This exclusively take-out sushi joint won’t win any awards for the creativity of its products, think California rolls, maki rolls and play-it-safe tuna and salmon nigiri and sashimi, miso soup and teriyaki, with a couple of more exotic species like uni (sea urchin) and pulpo (octopus) thrown in for good luck, as well as bottles of sake and Sapporo beer to go. What it does do is fresh, hits the mark and has an environmental consciousness. Packaging is biodegradable. A 52-piece selection of mixed sushi and sashimi costs €84, worth bearing in mind for parties.
Wushu Wok Express (www.wushu-restaurant.com)
One of the best pan-Asian restaurants in town offers home-style Thai curries, noodles and stir-fries to your door. You get to choose from the inspired Tiffin-tin container scheme - you pay a €6 deposit on it and bring it back for refilling – and if you’re going to make this a regular treat I’d urge you to go for this option, or recycled cardboard containers, and the food is fantastic. Delivery for metropolitan areas outside the Born are €1 per Tiffin/container. Recommended are the Chiang Mai Tofu noodles €9.50, and Hanoi Com (Vietnamese fried rice with prawns) for €10.60.
These guys have teamed up with restaurants all over town to bring you your favourite dishes, ranging from a burger and chips, to an Italian mozzarella and tomato salad, to a heap of Palamós prawns. Their fairly impressive roster of partners is growing all the time and currently includes Dionisios (Greek), MexCal (Mexican), Out of China (modern Chinese), Thai Lounge (Thai favourites), Bembi (upmarket Indian), La Bella Napoli (pizza and pasta) and Can Cortada (Catalan). Simply dial up, place your order and Yes! deliver. Rabbit with snails from Origens 99% goes for €7.98, salmon tartar from Fishop €6.50 plus delivery. They also offer catering services.
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