December 9th, 2012
El Atril is located in El Born, near the church of Santa Maria del Mar – it has tables outside in the square and cars don’t generally drive down this street anymore. I’ve had drinks and snacks here before, but this was my first proper meal. It was definitely chillier and time for coats, but the sun was shining so we had lunch al fresco.
For my first course I had Tornado de Brandada de Bacalao y Pimento Piquillo – delicious brandada (made of salt cod, garlic, milk and olive oil) on a slice of crispy coca bread with some little strips of piquillo chilli peppers on top. It was completely delicious!
My main course was a Cazuela Pollo Guisado a la Cazadora – hunters casserole of chicken fricassee (similar to chicken cacciatore). Lots of chicken in a rich and warming sauce with vegetables. Again excellent.
We drank Catalan vino rosado with lunch – como siempre.
The staff were very attentive and everything was perfect – of course it was for 11.50€.
El Atril has a warm and cosy interior too, handy for the colder wetter winter weather.