Barcelona's restaurants and bars offer a wide and wild variety of cuisines and creative dishes.
However, grazing on tapas and fine dining is both wearing on the wallet and bruising on the palate. There are times while out and about when you want something more substantial than a snack, something a little more ordinary — more home style than stylish. The kind of food the city’s bar-restaurants excel at.
Palermo is another favourite lunch spot. They offer a very good menú diari [menú del día] which regularly features traditional dishes such as codillo al horno (knuckle), estofado de vedella (veal stew) or estofado de ternera (beef stew) and, of course, paella on Thursdays. The menú includes a bottle of vino tinto (red table wine) or beer.
During the summer they offer excellent cold soups such as salmorejo — tomato and breadcrumb soup served with ham and boiled egg — and melon and ham gazpacho.
And, they also offer an excellent arroz caldoso de bogavante (a soupy lobster and rice dish). Very tasty. Highly recommended.
Or, you can order off an extensive menu.
It's very popular at lunchtime so expect a ten-minute wait for a table — they’ll happily serve you a drink while you wait.
The quality of the food here is very good. Everything tastes very fresh.
Menú del día: 10,95€ including tax.
Arroz caldoso de bogavante: 15,95€ per person including tax, minimum 2 persons.
Smart, modern and clean interior with outside seating. You’ll be rubbing shoulders with legal workers, shop and office staff, construction workers, families and elderly neighbours. It’s a busy place and can get a bit bustly between 2pm and 3pm — but it's all good fun. If you like humans, and find them fascinating, you'll like this place.
Excellent. The wait staff here are very experienced, assiduous and very helpful.
If visiting La Pedrera or Casa de les Punxes, or on your way to or from the Sagrada Familia, and feeling peckish, then it’s a safe bet they'll have something you’ll like.
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Carrer de Mallorca, 280,
Intersection: C/Roger de Llúria — below Avinguda Diagonal.
- La Pedrera
- Casa de les Punxes
- Casa Thomas
93 458 2408
Verdaguer or Girona