November 30th, 2015
I met Nookie for lunch at the Hotel Restaurant La Ciudadela, a modern hotel next to the Arc de Triomf and just above Parc de la Cuitadella (one of Barcelona’s greenest open spaces). The weather was beautiful, 14ºC and lovely sitting in the sun. I ordered from the menú del día, while Nookie had a prawn and mushroom scrambled egg dish from the main menu.
My first course was Fideos arrosejats con setas de temporada y mayonesa de trufa negra – fideuà with wild mushrooms and black truffle mayonnaise. This was quite delicious, especially with the rich truffle mayonnaise.
I ordered Cabrito al horno (goat cooked in the oven) for my main course, but was five minutes too late and missed the last portion! Instead I had Lenguado al vapor con langostinos y salsa romesco – steamed sole with langoustines and romesco sauce. Succulent slices of sole, scampi, potatoes, courgettes and mushrooms with a red pepper, almond, pine nut and garlic sauce.
I had a Sorbete de fresones casero for pudding – a home made strawberry sorbet. I hadn’t expected it to be quite so big, but soldiered on regardless.
…of course we had a bottle of rosado to go with our lunch. I couldn’t help being amused by three sophisticated ladies from the South of France, on the table next to us. They had drunk a large pitcher of sangria and perhaps a few aperitifs beforehand… It became evident that it was a mother with two daughters in their late twenties – the latter were slightly inebriated and playful, while their mother looked on somewhat disdainfully. The more disdainful she became, the naughtier the daughters behaved – so much so that they were still in high spirits as they crossed the road and disappeared into the park.
The Hotel Restaurant La Ciudadela lunch menu is currently €12.50 – I thoroughly recommend it for the food and location on a sunny day. I would imagine it’s also a nice place to stay, with great views across the park.