If you’re on vacation in Barcelona from November to April, you’re lucky: it’s the perfect time to enjoy a good calçotada. This traditional Catalan food is an inescapable experience to live the customs of the Mediterranean coast.
Calçotadas: a tradition that you can not miss
Calçots are vegetables similar to white onions that are a fundamental part of traditional Catalan cuisine. They are prepared on coal, letting the outer part burn a little in the flames. It is accompanied by romesco sauce, in which they are well soaked before eating them.
Where to eat calçots in Barcelona
We propose you a selection of ten calçots restaurants in Barcelona, so you can taste them at an enviable price:
1. Restaurant Carmen
It is located in the heart of Sants and is one of the emblematic places of the calçotadas in the city. Being one of the favorite restaurants to eat calçots, it is advisable to make a reservation first.
Restaurant Carmen – Carrer de Valladolid, 44
2. El Jardí de l’Àpat
The Jardí de l’Àpat is very close to the Park Güell, so you can take advantage of your visit to one of the greatest works of Gaudí to try his famous calçots.
El Jardí de l’Àpat – Carrer Albert Llanas, 2 – Torre
3. El Disbarat
In the center of the Gràcia neighborhood, this restaurant is decorated as if it were a traditional house. Savoring the calçots in this environment is essential for those who want to experience the authentic Catalan customs.
El Disbarat – Carrer del Montseny, 14
If you are in the area of Poble Nou, you can try the best Catalan cuisine in this place, in an absolutely modern and cutting-edge environment.
Quinabarra! – Carrer de la Ciutat de Granada, 130
5. Brasería Piras
Specializing in grilled cuisine, this restaurant located in l’Hospitalet de Llobregat prepares the calçots with charcoal, which ensures a delicious result.
Brasería Piras – Carrer del Montseny, 10
It is the perfect place to live the Barcelona experience, as they not only serve calçots on the grill in the season, but it is also the ideal place to watch a Barça match in company.
Som.Y – Plaça d’Osca, 5
It’s the place of Chef Juanjo Martínez. It is located in the neighborhood of Gràcia and has the peculiarity of presenting dishes in tin cans, if you are looking for a more original option.
Lata-Bern@ – Torrent de les flors, 53
8. Can Martí
If you want to move to the outskirts of Barcelona, this restaurant is the ideal place to try a traditional calçotada with stunning views of Barcelona. Located in the mountains, it is one of the most captivating options on the list.
Nou Can Martí – Passatge de la Font del Mont, 4
9. Maur – Muntaner
You can also enjoy some calçots with romescu sauce in the Eixample. Its gastronomy has all of the traditional flavors, since they cook their dishes in wood ovens.
Maur-Muntaner – Carrer del Muntaner, 121
In the middle of the Eixample you have this restaurant with a lovely terrace, to enjoy some calçots in the good Barcelona spring weather.
Balmes/Roselló – Carrer de Balmes, 129 Bis
Even so, if you are looking for the true experience of traditional calçotada, it is best to sign up for a neighborhood party at the end of January, and share the delights of Catalan cuisine with your neighbors.
Photo Credit: Castellers d’Esplugues