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La Taberna de Cura

When I first moved to Barcelona 6 years ago I was staying in an apartment hotel very near to where I currently live in the district of Gracia. When I accidentally input a restaurant reservation incorrectly in my calendar and we missed it, I asked the hotel for a recommendation and we happily went to an amazing super local place called La Taberna del Cura.

Little did I know that year later I would discover that this is such a local place that people line-up outside every Saturday and Sunday to get roast chicken, or pollo a last, for the family dinners over the weekend.

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The ambiance was great and it was bright enough to get great pics.

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To start we were given complimentary bread with tomato and olive oil, olives and onions, and potato chips. So much! I’m so used to just getting bread.

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We tried a bottle of Cava, Spanish sparkling wine, and it was great. We had so much to eat that we didn’t finish the whole bottler, but it was well worth it.

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For starters we a “traditional Catalan salad” called escalivada. It’s a combination of peppers, eggplant, onions, and goat cheese (though not always served with goat cheese). Yum!

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For my main dish, I went with the Pierna de Cordero (leg of lamb) and it was ‘ginormous’! I could not fit it all in, especially with the side of potatoes and veggies that came with all of the meats. But I made a valiant effort.

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I particularly liked the potato because while it was mashed it had a nice crunchy top.

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For dessert we had to have the Crema Catalana (very similar to creme brulee – shhh don’t mention that to any Catalans!) and it was superb. What we didn’t expect what that the restaurant would also give us dessert!

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The house dessert was a cake that tasted like a very flurry/light powdered doughnut. It was heavenly. And there was also a chocolate cookie for each of us. Double yum!

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Lastly the restaurant also gave us an aperitif on the house. So, I ended up with cava, tea and this shot of liquor to drink at the same time. Can you say triple fisting? Delicious meal! I have been back many times.

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