Menu winter 2017-2018
Spicy Date-Filled Pastry Treats
Served with a creamy cinnamon and clove sauce!
Pumpkin, Ginger, and Fig Soup
Classic Ziryab Special – popular with our regulars!
Selection of Our Varied Dips
Served with delicious mini-pitta from the coastal city of Haifa!
Marinated Prawn Brochette
With a selected dipping sauce!
Cleopatra Bacon Dates
Arabian Medjoul dates – sweet, salty, exotic!
Quinoa salad with roasted cashew nuts and a spiced tahine dressing
Fresh, healthy, tasty!
Grilled Halloumi cheese bites wrapped in cured ham
Or try them with our Chef’s pesto instead!
Oven-baked codfish with hazelnut alioli
Creamy and smooth piece of fresh local codfish.
Pan tomaquet with cured Bellota ham
We make our pan tomaquet with ecological toasted bread and top it off with Zaatar thyme mix! You can also have it without the ham or with grilled Halloumi.
Patates de la casa
Roasted in the oven with 7-spices and served with our own 7-spice mayonnaise!
Selection of quality Catalan cheeses
From all over Catalonia, from small quality producers and cooperatives
Selected Syrian Baklawa
Made by Barcelona’s best sweet-maker!
Selected sweets for our tasting menu...
Try the tasting menu and you will get a variety of treats to try!
Ziryab Fusion Crema Catalana
The classic dessert with an Arabian twist…
Our Chocolate Brownie
Home-made with different fun flavours!
Explaining a bit about the flavours on our menu…
“Donde encuentro un buen tapas en Barcelona?!”… the discerning gastrophile may ask…wishing for something new and exciting, but still tapas. The “tapas mezze” on Ziryab’s menu blends the Arab concept of “mezze” with Spain’s wonderful tapas tradition. Both concepts entail ordering a number of tasty small dishes and sharing between friends or family. The Arabs often start with “mezze”… eating dips such as hummus, babghanoush, muhamarra, muttabal… along with salads like tabbouleh or fattoush… and lots of fresh vegetables such as tomatoes and cucumbers that they eat whole and raw or with a dash of lemon and salt to give it that tangy sensation. They like pickled vegetables and olives… they like laban, a wonderful fresh and simultaneously sour cheese yoghurt that can be eaten with thyme with bread or almost anything… and some of the best olive oil in the world comes from the Palestinian territories!
Some dishes on Ziryab’s menu are traditional tapas from Catalonia that have been enhanced using certain herbs and spices used in Middle Eastern cuisine, and some are more Arab dishes that are brought to life using Catalan local ingredients and vegetables. Catalonia has a lot of fresh wonderful produce coming from small producers that Ziryab is trying to support, such as small farmers throughout the region that produce delicious olives. Moving to the Middle East, Palestinian farmers living in the occupied territories strive to work hard every day tending to their olive groves despite the difficulties they live and work in, and Ziryab aims to bring their plight and these wonderful products to the Spanish palate through tasty olive oil and other products – including Taybeh, the best beer made in the territories – a unique and flavoursome double malt to accompany your tapas! Ziryab also offers, as dessert locally made different kinds of turron, which is a typical Catalan nougat, often studded with almonds and all sorts of nuts and honey. Similarly, the Arabs eat baklawa for dessert, a sweet pastry filled with honey and pistachio… Ziryab gets its Baklawa from a local sweet maker in Barcelona, a Syrian from the northern city of Aleppo which is notorious for its quality sweets! The sweet maker has been making these sweets in Barcelona for 30 years and Ziryab gets them small, bite-sized, not overly syrupy… and just perfect!
And in this way the idea of Tapas-Mezze in Ziryab is to fuse together two cultures, two gastronomies, two histories. These two histories are deeply intertwined, a fact often forgotten in Barcelona where vestiges of Moorish presence are less visible than in a place like Andalucia. Ziryab himself was a great musician and culinary genius, living in 8th century Baghdad. He would have listened to storytelling like the kind that Ziryab does sometimes in Barcelona today, and eaten food including lots of ingredients we have on our menu. In 822, Ziryab came to Cordoba from Mesopotamia, bringing with him bags and bags of spices…and in this way he influenced the Spanish cuisine you taste to this day. Through Ziryab’s menu we bring you a piece of history through our blends of tastes and flavours and sensations.
It’s fresh, it’s tasty, it’s unique… it must be tried!
“Y es aqui, entonces… que has descubierto en forma …nica, diferente y sabrosa… unas verdaderas tapas en Barcelona!”