The most historic restaurants of Barcelona
If one of your reasons for travelling to Barcelona is gastronomy, you surely always wanted to know which are the most traditional ingredients and where to try the most representative dishes of the Spanish cuisine. When you first walk downtown you notice the immense number of restaurants and bars. In order not to feel overwhelmed by such offer it is important to look for those who are older and more experienced in serving the locals.
From the 18th and 19th centuries onwards, trends and chefs from Italy and France introduced the concept of the restaurant, the service and the gastronomic experience to the city of Barcelona. At this time the most representative bars and restaurants were founded, which became a place of artists, bourgeois and influential figures of the society.
As time goes by some have closed down, others have renewed their concept and others have kept serving their menu until now. In this post we will talk to you the ones that are still standing and trough a brief list of restaurants we will tell you their history and their most representative dishes.
In the heart of the Gothic quarter, 4 Gats was founded in 1897 following the example of the bohemian Parisian bars being originally a tavern with piano music. Over the years it gained fame among intellectuals, including Picasso, who designed the menu. When the civil war broke out, the difficulties of that period forced this mythical restaurant to close its doors. In the 70′s a group of businessmen refloated the establishment, keeping part of its decoration and original essence intact to this day.
Its menu is very wide, what sometimes it is hard to choose the best dish. To make it easier, take note: choose the fusion between sea and mountain dishes. For instance, and without doubt is: Alcachofas con calamar y salsa de asado (Artichokes with squid and roast sauce).
Literally as its name suggests, the restaurant consists of 7 doors, all those intended for diners and an extra one for restaurant workers. It was founded at the end of the 19th century as a café for the wealthier classes. You can see the quality of the fine materials on both the structure and the elements of the furniture. It was not until 1929 that it was reoriented as a restaurant. Since then, mythical faces like Dalí, Miró and Che Guevara passed by.
Rice and seafood are the two specialties coming out from its kitchen. For that reason, to fully enjoy its gastronomic proposal you must try its paellas and particularly the so-called Parellada. It combines rice, meat and seafood pampered in detail and it is a must for the gourmet palates.
Casa Leopoldo started as a simple port tavern that opened in 1929 and became a place of worship for the intellectual and artistic sphere of the 1950s. On its walls, they pay homage to the bullfighters, just as one of its founders had been.
Taking the cutlery from Casa Leopoldo is like a come-back to traditional cuisine, where the quality of the product is a priority, followed by a simple presentation but with intense taste. One of their top dishes is the bull’s tail, very tasty. However, there are other proposals that will make your mouth water like shell dishes, especially seafood clams.