Can Lluis

can lluis

November 29th, 2011

Can Lluis is an 82 year old, Catalan, family run restaurant, which has survived Franco and the civil war. Their style of cuisine has always been home cooking, so it must be good! Previously there had been another restaurant, on the same site, famously known as “The House of Flies”, due to the barrels of salt cod which sat by its door, attracting swarms of flies in the summer.


In 1946 the founder, Lluis Rodriguez was tragically blown up, by a woman throwing a hand grenade at the police, in the then busy restaurant. There’s a plaque with an inscription, over table no. 4, to commemorate Lluis’ life (written by famous Barcelona crime writer, Manuel Vázquez Montalbán). In spite of the tragedy, Lluis Rodriguez’s children maintained the success and reputation of the restaurant.

During the 70’s, Can Lluis was frequented by a large clientele of actors and performers. Under the reins of grandson Ferran Rodriguez, two more restaurants were opened locally, to meet the demand from customers (Els Ocellets and Racó de l’ Agüir).

arròs negre

This is yet another excellent restaurant which does a €10 menu at lunchtime. I ordered Arròs Negre as a starter, one of my favorite Catalan dishes. The Black Rice is generally made with rice, squid, squid ink, garlic, peppers, pimentón and fish stock. This one came with a reasonably large bowl of delicious home made allioli on the side – I could have eaten 3 plates of Arròs Negre and allioli, it was so good!

butterflied mackerel

My main course was butterflied mackerel, griddled with peppers, courgette and onion – very simple and perfect.

crema catalana

For pudding I had Crema Catalana, my favorite desert. It is of course very close to Crème Brûlée and Trinity Cream – the Catalans use lots of vanilla and cinnamon plus lemon rind in their’s. Crema Catalana should be caramelised with an iron and not a flame, like the traditional Trinity Cream.

Of course we drank a nice bottle of Rosado with lunch.

Can Lluis is at: C/ de la Cera 49, Barcelona 08001

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15 Responses to Can Lluis

  1. This makes me want to go straight to Can Lluis for lunch – I love arros negre and this looks like a good one. Lovely photos and a great family story – sadness, tragedy and triumph. I’m sure Lluis would be proud of what his family has achieved.

  2. I love spatchcocked fish. They do it like that along the Asturian coast. You don’t see it often though. I’ll have to head down for a lunch.

  3. This is such fantastic food – I’m so pissed off with fine dining in any form and just restrained myself from being impossibly rude to an American girl raving about some dreadful, poncey dinner in Paris. I just love that 10€ menu and I love the place. I’m slowly building a wonderful set of visits when I next get to Barcelona thanks to your great blog.

  4. Sounds like we need to have a bloggers reunion weekend in Barcelona with you as our tour guide! My oh my….black rice and a bottle of rosado would go down very well indeed.

  5. Karen says:

    I just wanted to say “hello” and let you know how much I enjoy your blog. I discovered your blog through Tanya and am so happy that I did.

  6. Interrobang says:

    I fully agree with your assessment of the restaurant and is very nice to know a view from “outside”.
    In a few days I will upload a post on “Can Lluís” and you will be linked.
    PS: excuse my English, I helped Mr. Google.

  7. jordivalero says:

    It took longer than expected but the post is published and the reference to your blog as well.

  8. Mad Dog says:

    Thanks Jordi – I’ll be back in Barrio Chino next Tuesday and hopefully eating some more excellent Catalan food 😉

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