They say it’s one of those delicacies that must be tried and tested at least once in a lifetime and yes, it’s true: we couldn’t agree more. Yes, dear readers of Petit Palace and lovers of fine cuisine, the season of calçots reaches its culmination and it’s time to enjoy them as they should be enjoyed: in Barcelona, with a special bib and in a group, be it family or lifelong friends.
An undisputed part of Barcelona’s history and a highlight of local gastronomy, the meals based on calçots are as exquisite as they are fun and stimulating (because of the way you peel the onions and eat them). So if you’ve decided to spend a couple of days relaxing in the Catalan capital you mustn’t miss out on this tasty culinary tradition. This February we will recommend restaurants that are known for the quality of their calçotadas.
La Masía de Can Cortés
Experts say that the best restaurant for calçots in the entire region of Catalunya is found in Sant Cugat des Vallés. Its name is Masía Can Cortés, and it’s located 30 minutes from our Petit Palace Barcelona hotel . It’s famous both for the way they cook the calçots and the way they are served. If you are thinking about visiting it during the weekend you better call ahead and book a table, as they are in high demand by locals.
The magic of Can Travi Nou
Can Travi Nou, located in the Barrio Gótico very near the Petit Palace Boquería Garden, is another benchmark restaurant to keep in mind when you look for somewhere to eat calçots. It’s a restaurant located in a seventeenth-century Catalan townhouse with a garden (for a romantic calçot session) with large, private rooms for gastronomic group meetings.
El Jardín de L’Apat
Apart from its quality (incontestable, according to the locals), the most interesting thing about the calçots menu at El Jardín de L’Apat is the price: you can get a proper taste of this delicacy without spending more than 30 euros. Here you can also try excellent meat with butifarra sausage and traditional peasant bread with garlic, tomato and olive oil.
El Disbarat, the kingdom of calçots
20 minutes from Petit Palace Museum hotel you will find El Disbarat, a kingdom for lovers of organic cuisine. Besides getting to know the interior of an authentic country home, this place is ideal for trying a calçot recipe with different sauces.