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Review Type: Restaurant
Barri Gotic Llibreteria 1 (Placa Sant Jaume), Barcelona, 08002
, Spain
Dedicated GF: No
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Gluten-Free sandwiches at restaurant in Barcelona,

Reviewer: from San Francisco Bay Area, CA, USA - See all reviews by KaellaLynn

4.0 Palms
4.0 Palms
Last year, Jr and I made a New Year's resolution to travel abroad together in 2011. See, we had each traveled oversees separately, but never together. True to our promise, we planned a two week Europe vacation for October. Our trip began in Barcelona, a first for both of us. Having done plenty of homework on gluten-free dining options, I had a back-up list of places to dine. I highly recommend this as it relieves the stress of finding places to eat, and allows you to fully enjoy your surroundings. We had arrived on a Monday, so many of the restaurants were closed. Luckily, I had Conesa on my list. Conesa is a family-owned sandwich shop that has made a commitment to being gluten-free friendly. It sits on the corner of Placa Sant Juame, a small little square in the Barri quarter of Barcelona. Menus in different languages hang in the window. I immediately noticed the symbols identifying which items can be made gluten-free. They also have gluten-free menus hanging inside the entrance, as well as available online. Being intolerant to casein as well, we had some additional questions for the owner, Josep Conesa. Josep took over the sandwich shop after his father retired. He first learned about gluten-intolerance from a tourist, who’s child had Celiac Disease. He set out to educate himself, and ended up creating a gluten-free friendly environment for his customers. In addition to having gluten-free rolls, he takes precautions to avoid cross contamination. For example, they prepare the sandwiches in a separate area and use a dedicated grill. There are more details on the gluten-free page of their website. Josep was happy to answer our questions. However, he speaks little English, so I was luck (and surprised) that Jr speaks Spanish fairly well. We confirmed that the bread is dairy-free, so I ordered the Pollastre (grilled chicken, lettuce, onion and Garlic Mayo). Josep makes the garlic mayo in house, so he listed all the ingredients to us to verify it is gluten and dairy free. They wrapped my sandwich in paper, sealed it with a gluten-free sticker and placed it in a bag to keep it separated from Jr’s order. We took our sandwiches “a via” (to-go), and enjoyed them on the steps of the Cathedral. Conesa may not be a fine dining experience, but sometimes having something easy is all you want. The sandwich was tasty, the staff cheerful and, though small, the restaurant was clean. We liked it so much, we went back a second time during our 3 days in Barcelona to grab sandwiches for the beach. I gave it 4 palms only because of the language barrier. There are more restaurant reviews from our time in Barcelona on my blog:

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