12/15/2012 02:30:00 PM
Ethnic Eats: Mel i Mató, a Catalan Dessert, at Boqueria
For Spanish (and, obviously, Catalan) speakers, it’s rather straightforward and self-explanatory: “mel,” or honey, and “mató,” a soft, white, saltless cheese that’s not dissimilar to ricotta. Put them together and the angels sing. If you want to go super crazy, you can find those that add walnuts as well.
Incredibly simple, intensely gratifying, and horrifically scarce in this city.
However, a shining beacon of hope: Boqueria, named after the famed Catalan market, has such a dish on its menu. It looks different than the norm - namely, the actual cheese and honey are almost completely covered by walnuts and berries - but the creaminess and the wonderful floral notes from the nectar are still there under all the noise and crunch. Eventually, we’ll concede that the berries are actually quite good as we frantically scrape up the small tapas-style portion of mató (of which there can never be enough), but for now, we’ll still be on the hunt for more. And we’ll also be ordering seconds.
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