Luka Sandwich Studio – Barcelona

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I’ve never been to Luka Sandwich Studio in Barcelona but I have been to the one in Sitges – which is very very sadly about to close down (October 2011) – and we had what was certainly the most delicious sandwich I’ve eaten since our Spanish odyssey commenced, and the most creative too.

Luka’s philosophy is to create ‘fresh, handmade, healthy and affordable food, based on Mediterranean cuisine’. They have a small menu that changes frequently with a welcome section that caters for vegetarians and vegans – hoorah!

After a week or so in Spain, you soon realise that the sandwich fillings rarely – if ever – deviate from cheese and ham; Spanish omelette; or pork loin, so Luka’s is an absolute breath of fresh vegetarian sandwichy air.

Their vegetarian and vegan sandwich fillings include mozzarella, tomato, rocket and pesto; hummus, aubergine (eggplant), tomato and lettuce; grilled vegetables with brie; and beetroot pate, brie and rocket. These come served on either ciabatta or corn triangles, although on the day we visited, the lovely lady was more than happy to prepare ours on alternative bread.  The vegetarian and vegan sandwiches cost between €3.50 and €3.90 and were divine. Filling, lovingly made by a nice lady in a apron, and extremely tasty.

There are a couple of vegetarian friendly salads featuring mozzarella or goat cheese, that I’ve yet to try and these cost between €2.90 and €4.50 dependent on the size you choose and main ingredient.

If you are simply not sate after your sandwich there are also small cupcakes and whilst they aren’t in the league of Primrose Bakery (London) or Magnolia Bakery and the likes (in NYC), they aren’t bad.

The Sitges shop was tiny and as quaint as the pinny the lady who served us wore. In the window a couple of antique cake stands strain beneath the weight of a dozen cupcakes. It’s a really lovely place – or at least it was.

Luka’s pride themselves on sustainability and aim to make at least 40% of their products vegetarian, they use biodegradable packaging whenever possible and use minimally processed organic products when available. They support organic and fair trade companies and use CFL (compact fluorescent lighting) that uses 70% less energy. They also avoid the use of hazardous cleaning products. They’re a good bunch.

It’s a great shame that Luka’s is closing its doors in Sitges but I guess the locals just aren’t ready for organic vegetarian food. Hopefully, it will thrive in Barcelona.

Sweep says he’s glad it closed down because he wasn’t allowed in. He can be quite bitter.

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