Nestled snugly amongst the chain store behemoth that is Liverpool One, it is easy to overlook Lunya, UKs only Catalan fusion of restaurant and deli. However, both the high quality deli produce and the food served in the restaurant have meant that Lunya has not only survived but thrived being in close proximity to some of the biggest names in the ‘fancy fast food’ industry.
Unlike these places, however, ‘quality ingredients’ is not merely a turn of phrase used to entice customers, for Lunya it is a mantra which runs through what they do every day. All ingredients are either locally sourced or sought from trusted Spanish producers and they aim to have a working relationship with all their suppliers. It is due to this fusion of local and Spanish produce that Lunya gets it’s truly distinct flavour. Lunya doesn’t just bring a taste of Spain to Liverpool it serves Liverpudllian-Catalonian food.
Catalan, by western standards however, remains one of the most underrated and unexplored regions of global cuisine. This perhaps owes much to the ever increasing trend for major travel agents to offer all inclusive holidays to the Balearic Islands giving many of us our only taste of Catalonia culture. For people who have never had a Catalonian experience, or those who want more, Lunya’s tapas style menu offers a great way of trying many different dishes where you might normally have just the one. In our opinion this is best for lunch time whilst propping up the bar with a good friend. The 3 dishes for £9.75 offers amazing value and is the perfect size for a lunchtime treat or even for lining the stomach before a big night out. We went for Patatas Bravas, chorizo pan fried in white wine and the Catalan Scouse (oh come on we had to, didn’t we?) washed down with a pint of Estella each. The chorizo even influenced our purchase in the Lunya deli as we agreed we had to try this one out our selves.
One part of Lunya’s menu we could not endorse more whole heartedly is their breakfast section. In particular if you are visiting the city and staying in a hotel nearby why not treat yourself to something different with a full Catalan or some baked eggs flamenco (the prettiest breakfast around). On the other hand if you’re heading to work in town on a dreary, grey morning we advise you, try the chocolatey churros, guaranteed to brighten up any day. Aside from just offering great food in their restaurant and deli Lunya also put on special events ranging from Spanish food and drink quizzes to specialist ham carving master classes.
To use a modern metaphor Lunya is somewhat a kin to an internet forum. People from all walks of life can meet here and know they share, at least, a love of good food and drink. Here you will find hundreds of repressed chefs trying to find the dish that will wow at their next dinner party, from lawyers to lollipop ladies, bus drivers to bankers, if you’re lucky you might even come across a blogger with a passion for Liverpool independents . To find out more about the Lunya ethos and see what special events they have coming up and even hear a few of their secret recipes check out their website, www.Lunya.co.uk, like them on Facebook,: Lunya and follow them on Twitter @Lunya. Cardholders can benefit from 20% off food only (excl. lunch menu, drinks) Sundays to Thursdays and 10% off the deli choices (excl. books).