Chen Ji first piqued my interest soon after I had come to Barcelona. I heard rumours of a ‘hidden’ Chinese restaurant, where neither the sign outside nor the menu were available in English or Spanish, a place which was only known by its street number rather than a proper name, a place where apparently there was really cheap and authentic Chinese food on offer.
When I finally came across it over a year later, I saw that either the rumours were greatly exaggerated, or else the owners have made themselves a little more user friendly for Westerners – the sign outside does actually bear the name ‘Chen Ji’ and the menu includes translations into both English and Spanish. But what hasn’t been exaggerated is the fact that this is as authentic as you can get, and at a very economical price to boot.
Inside you’ll see that it’s quite basic, a bit chaotic when busy, but notably filled with local Chinese families getting their fill. The selection of food is huge, but everything I’ve tried to date has been superb, so I’m delighted to have such a long list to work through! Portions are large, the quality is excellent and the price is low – plus if you’re a fan of Spotted by Locals, you’ll be on the lookout for the lesser-known places, and since it took me a year and a half to finally find this one, we can safely agree that it’s relatively well hidden!