Following the success of sister restaurants Marmalade and Milk (the latter was the first to offer brunch in Barcelona when it opened in 2005), Irish owners Rebecca and Paul Coleman, alongside their business partners, are adding a third to the family with Firebug. “We wanted a name that was simple, memorable and easy to translate,” explained Rebecca. “We were originally thinking Pot Belly, but it was too pig-related!” Just a stone’s throw away from the emblematic Arc de Triomf, Firebug opened less than two months ago and offers a distinctive international menu that features exquisitely prepared food in an upscale yet unpretentious environment. Notable dishes include the ‘Badass burrito’, ‘Puyol’s pastrami sandwich’ and ‘Drunken gambas’—prawns cooked in olive oil, garlic and white wine, served with tortilla and a ‘secret sauce’. If you’re not feeling hungry, the bar area is equally inviting, and its menu includes cocktails and a seasonally changing wine selection. The imagination used in the food-making matches that of the quirky interior design, which sees rustic brick walls adorned with sculpted fireflies and copper piping. With its stunning decor, friendly service and mouthwatering meals, Firebug will be buzzing in no time.
Firebug. Passeig de Sant Joan 23.