August 16th, 2013
After a day of eating and a night of wandering around Gràcia I woke up starving. We were cooking a feast on the terrace later, so shopping at the Boqueria was the order of the day, but first came lunch…
I was intending to have lunch in the Boqueria with Matthew, handy for meeting Oli there later, but it was overwhelmed with hungry tourists, so I suggested trying one of the restaurants tucked away behind the market. I’d noticed La Palmera (the Palm) some months ago. It does a 3 course lunchtime menu with wine for 10€ and is always full of locals, a sign that the food is good. The restaurant was completely packed and the staff were rushed off their feet, but they said they could fit us in within 5 minutes so we waited.
True to their word, we had a table in about five minutes and I ordered Sopa Peix – fish soup. The soup itself contained rice and not much fish, but the fish flavour was excellent.
We’d both ordered Dorada (sea bream) but unfortunately they ran out and the waitress came back to ask what we’d like instead. On the spur of the moment we both ordered Pollastre Forn – roast chicken with fries. The chicken tasted of garlic and olive oil – another winner!
As per usual the food came with Pa Amb Tomaquet - here, very much a DIY affair, you rub the bread with raw garlic, squeeze in the juice of half a tomato, drizzle on olive oil and sprinkle with a pinch of salt.
The puddings were mostly things that had been bought in – I had an ice cream and you can see Matthew’s flan in the background. The other options were fruit or yoghurt.
This is a very typical old school Catalan restaurant. The menu was in Spanish and Catalan and I doubt that any of the staff speak English. We asked for a bottle of rosado with lunch, but they only do red or white wine. Matthew didn’t want red, so we ordered white – I was expecting a slightly unpleasant cheap white wine (what can one expect included in a 10€ menu), but the wine was a very good table wine. Everything here was excellent and I’ll definitely go back!
La Palmera is at: Carrer Jersusalem, 30, 08001, Barcelona