I like chinese food but sometimes I am bored of ordering the same everywhere and somehow I am sure most of the things are not even typical Chinese. This happened to me in Thailandthat I was so used to Barcelona Thai food that had nothing to do with real Thai food. Thai food is amazing but spicy as hell!! And in Barcelona it is very mild in general.
A friend talked about the real Chinese restaurant in Barcelona so I had to go find out for myself how it was. Chenji is a restaurant near Arc del Triomf, the Chinatown in Barcelona. Do not expect a Chinatown as the one in NYC or London, it is more an area in the city were the chinese community settled but there are no chinese streets with typical shops.
The restaurant looks like a normal chinese restaurant and it is cheap as chips, nothing fashion but ok, what is really different is the menu. We are so used to chinese menus that contain spring rolls, rice with veggies, shark soup etc...
The menu has dishes that are not found in other chinese restaurants in Barcelona. The restaurant is known to have one of the best Pequin duck dishes in town, one of the most expensive dishes in their menu, is around 13 euros. We were not that hungry for the duck, but we tried 3 dishes, it was really too much, they serve large quantities so one dish per person should be enough.
We had a ramen soup, fried rice pasta -number 42- and fried noodles with veggies, and of course all polished off with 2 chinese beers. All this for 14 euros, we were 2 people!! As mentioned dishes are pretty big so we could have eaten only one dish each, it would have cost us 5 euros per person, very very cheap for Barcelona prices.
As you might have read, this is not a place to walk in with your Jimmy Cho shoes and your Dolce and Gabanna suit, neither to ask your girlfriend for marriage...but the quality of food is good and the prices even better.
Don't get me wrong, it is a nice to try restaurant if you like Chinese food, but remember that you pay for what you get and the average price per person is around 8 euros so don't expect cloth napkins or fancy decorations.
Ever been to Chenji? What is your favorite Chinese restaurant? Share it with us in comments!