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.
The ambiance was great and it was bright enough to get great pics.
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.
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.
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!
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.
I particularly liked the potato because while it was mashed it had a nice crunchy top.
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!
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!
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.