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Borne Again

By Brian Gallagher 23.09.13

A new restaurant, the second LaVietnamita in Barcelona, located in the very trendy Borne neighbourhood where the culinary offering is in constant evolution while also becoming ever more competitive, especially so now that works to the Mercado del Born have finally been completed. Inspired by the street food vendors of Vietnam and the hustle and bustle of its cities the interior design project recreates an indoors streetscape complete with the smells of cooking, kitchen stalls and street art.

Located within a typical high ceiling ground floor space of the Borne just next door to StudioStore (http://barcelona.b-guided.com/guia/b-guided/studiostore-196,214.html), the kitchen is open plan and visible from the dining area, hanging blackboards with illustrations explain the menu options, cutlery and condiments hang from metal pipes while the concrete floor and hanging lanterns reinforce the outdoor theme. The logo and staff uniforms reference the imagery of the Asian country that only recently has become accessible to western tourists, a country with a rich gastronomic tradition of its own.


  • The interior decor references Vietnamese street scapes

    The original LaVietnamita is located in Gràcia on Torrent de l’Olla, 78 -  http://barcelona.b-guided.com/noticias/b-served/lavietnamita-216.html


  • The street facade on C. Comerç

    Although the approach is ‘no-frills’ with diners sharing tables and collecting their own food from the counter as well as clearing up afterwards the culinary offering is nevertheless first-rate, brilliant in its simplicity and perfect for fans of healthy food who are short on time and need something fast or to take away. Fresh and nutritious quality ingredients are the cornerstone for LaVietnamita’s menu made using the staples of Vietnamese cuisine; fresh herbs, rice, noodles and traditional raw or cooked vegetables without the use of any additives or artificial flavourings. Vietnam (or Indochina) was a French colony until after the Second World War, unlike other Asian culinary cultures bread and other European influences were integrated reflecting colonial tastes. Thanks to the combination of these core ingredients, the dishes served at LaVietnamita are rich and yet minimalist with specials that change weekly. Among the star dishes are the "Yum Yum Rolls" or Vietnamese rolls, the "Bun Bo LaVietnamita style" curries and "Big Bites Bahn Mi", crispy Vietnamese-style sandwiches. Vegetarian versions of all the dishes are also available.


    LaVietnamita also sells deli products which are displayed as part of the restaurant’s décor and serves Vietnamese inspired cocktails at the weekends such as the Lychee Mojito, Mango Kafirinha and Ginger Explosion, from Thursday through Saturday staying open till 3.00 AM. Regular gastronomic events including show cooking and presentations are held here within the basement space with its emblematic vaulted ceilings and graffiti covered walls.

  • LaVietnamita
  • C. Comerç, 17 08003 (Born, Ciutat Vella) Barcelona
  • T. 93 310 09 61
  • www.lavietnamita.com