November 28th, 2015
We sat outside and drank the house vermut (vermouth) while waiting for the others to arrive.
Gelida is one of a diminishing number of bodegas where wine is still served from the barrel, in a porrón or reusable bottle. It’s possible to come to this type of bar with an empty bottle and get it filled up to takeaway. Before the advent of modern wine merchants and supermarkets, this was a normal thing to do, just like taking a jug to a dairy for some milk.
They don’t do a menu del dia here (not common in most restaurants at the weekend anyway), but looking at the prices on the menu (above), you’ll see that it’s as cheap as chips regardless. Gelida is a very popular weekend lunch spot with the locals and we waited for an hour to get room at a table suitable for six. This was no hardship with excellent vermut on tap and a table in the sun outside.
We ordered lots of different things from the menu and shared/tasted most things. I particularly ordered faves a la Catalana – a local dish of broad beans, onion, sausage (black butifarra I think), garlic, etc. They were excellent!
Sylvia had some beautiful garbanzos con huevo duro – a chickpea stew with a a hard boiled egg,
and Oli ordered albondigas con guisantes – some delicious meatballs with peas.
The main courses included galtes con guarnición (large pig cheeks),
salmonetes (striped red mullet, which slid off the bone and melted in the mouth),
conejo al horno (a very tender rabbit cooked in the oven),
and butifarra (a traditional, spicy Catalan sausage). I had wanted to try the cap i pota, a melt in the mouth sticky veal head and foot stew, I’d heard it was very good here, but they’d sold out. That’s good reason for a return visit.
Debbie and I shared the vi negre – red wine decanted from a barrel at €2.80 per bottle! The others were on white.
For pudding I had mel i mató, a soft white cheese with honey.
Oli had flan de mató (a fresh cheese flan)
and Jonas had an outrageous looking flan de la casa.
After lunch I had a carajillo to pick me up.
Our bill came to €124.10, which was €20.68 each, plus a tip.
Gelida is at: C/de la Diputació 133, 08015, Barcelona
After our very long lunch we walked back down to the Raval for some early evening refreshment at Iposa. Three bottles of rosado later and Oli wanted to go home for a late siesta, so I went with Debbie to a restaurant called Lo De Flor – it was quite dark and I’d a had a few drinks, so the camera took the night off. The food was spectacular, especially the duck rillettes (which were to die for) and our hostess was wonderfully charming.