Cuines Sta Caterina
(34) 93 – 268 9918
Avinguda de Francesc Cambó, 16
08003 Barcelona, Spain
9:00 – 23:00 Sunday – Wednesday
9:00 – 24:00 Thursday – Saturday
Inside the Santa Caterina Market, one of the less touristic food market in Barcelona, is Cuines Sta Caterina. Yes, it appears slightly touristic at a glance, but don’t let that keep you away. It is a quality restaurant with real food, outdoor dining and a few different ways to eat; from standard tables to styled dining bars.
When planing our visit to Barcelona, were a bit disheartened to miss the Calçot season (November – April). This is one of the joys of the Catalan countryside. We were very lucky to find the end of the harvest at Cuines Sta Caterina.
Calçots are a type of spring onions unique to Cataluña, and traditionally they are grilled on high fire, wrapped up in news paper and then served on upside down terracotta tiles. One eats them by completely peeling the the outer charred layer and generously dipping the onion in romesco sauce, it gets a bit messy but, my god is it really worth it!
If for nothing else, we will forever be in debt to Cuines Sta Caterina for allowing us this whet our appetite for this amazing culinary experience!
calçots en la brasa
pimientos de padron
pan con tomate
Tabove photo tapas bar © Grupo Tragaluz
above photo © Bar Cañete
(34) 93 – 270 3458
Carrer de la Unió, 17
08001 Barcelona, Spain
13:00 – 24:00 Monday – Saturday
Bar Cañete is a wonderful Catalunian tapas bar. It came highly recommended by a local bohemian foodie. It is quite the institution, with their large kitchen staff, wonderful displays and very charming sommeliers. The Bar is not to be confused with the Cañete Restaurant next door; where you need to make a reservation (which we did not do).
Bar Cañete was so good, we went twice during our short visit. What stood out so far that it was ordered twice (each visit), was the cocas con tomato (toasted bread with tomato) that was the second best we had in Barcelona (after L’eggs)!
Other top dishes were the salmorejo Cordobez, a spectacular thicker version of the classic gazpacho, the bogavente (lobster) croquette, and the grilled artichokes with romesco.
We’ll let the photos do the talking .. but please be sure that Bar Cañete is worth seeking out!
grilled artichokes with romesco
Zamburiñas a small delicious scallop
fricando de rap bolets (monkfish stew with mushrooms)
grilled calamari sandwich with aioli
garlic and trumpet mushroom soup with a poached egg, a bit heavy for our palate
above photo © Bar Cañete