El Boo

Creative Mediterranean cuisine on Mar Bella beach

In Poblenou slang ‘boo’ is a term for a meeting place where locals go to escape their worries; and in 2011 the district got its first boo on the beach. Opened by a consortium of creative minds (including the renowned actor Santi Millan), El Boo is a restaurant and beach club spectacularly situated in a white-washed building on the pier between Mar Bella and Nova Bella beaches.

With its outdoor terraces, light, airy interiors and seaside vistas El Boo feels like a VIP version of Spain’s traditional chiringuitos, and certainly the menu is a match for Barcelona’s finest. Award-winning chef Francisco Palomares “Curro” has created an avant garde menu that includes the likes of lobster carpaccio with honey-soy vinaigrette and duck magret with strawberries, whilst on the lounge deck punters can select fresh oysters, clams, prawns, sea urchins, sardines, dorado, turbot and Blue Fin tuna on ice from two boat-shaped stalls and have them cooked in front of their noses.

Those looking for a more affordable bite to eat can head up to the rooftop cocktail bar where you can order grilled snacks in the Japanese Teppanyaki style along with a daiquiri or three.

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