£££ Catalan Deli In Ropewalks
Written byBecky Taylor
55 Hanover St
0151 706 9770
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Lunya is a multi-award-winning Catalan deli and restaurant in the heart of Liverpool city centre. The focus has always been to deliver authentic Catalan produce, combined with the best of local produce, to deliver an exquisite experience whether you are popping in for a light lunch, looking at platters to share with a big group, or just wish to buy some deli produce to recreate your favourite dishes at home.
There are a few outdoor tables and chairs at the front of Lunya, but no one really wants to be sat out by there for too long, with the cross-section of people going for buses, going to Tesco, and going to and from L1. Inside is a sanctuary, a busy vibe but organised. The deli counter at the front is extensive, showcasing everything that is good about Catalan and Spanish produce, and then through beyond that is an expansive restaurant area that goes quite far back. The tables are a little too tightly packed together for some tastes, but the service is always excellent, and no matter how busy it is you never feel like you are being short-changed in terms of the interaction with the staff or the time you have the table for. The chatter of other diners, and the sound of merry eating and drinking, is a wonderful one.
Even when it comes to something as simple as ordering bread and oil, there is a sense of the theatrical at Lunya. Fresh bread is brought to your table, but the server will also bring over a big collection of oils for you to choose from, before pouring three of your choice out for you to sample. We’ve gone in the past for your staple balsamic vinegar, olive oil, lemon oil, garlic, or chilli oil, and it is a nice touch that they do this at the table and allow you to choose your own. It’s a great start, and then there is an enormous selection to choose from on the menu. As you expect from a quality tapas restaurant there are different sections of tapas, including Fish (we would recommend the salted anchovies), Meat (go for the Catalan slow-roasted Ox cheek stew), Vegetable (the deep fried goats cheese is a winner in this section), and Street Food (The crispy chicken coated in broken tortilla chips is astounding). If you’re unsure what to try, the various platters are generous and great value.
The sharing deli platters are priced between £6 and £22 depending on your choice of produce and size, all are amazing value though. The small plates throughout the various sections of the menu are on average about £6/£7. If you’re sharing with someone else, you can easily get by with around £20 per person and have a great big feed and a drink.