Back again in Barcelona, for a Catalan wedding, I had to go to Romesco, my favourite nighttime restaurant. This place is literally, as cheap as chips, but very good with it. I have been coming here since 1991 and almost nothing has changed in all that time. The camarero and kitchen staff are the same friendly faces and have hardly aged one bit in 25 years! Romesco has a single window and door at the front which leads into the bar and open kitchen. The window itself is a glass fronted fridge, which displays today’s specials. Beyond the bar is the seating area, which is generally full.
As a main course I had bacalao a la llauna – this is salt cod cooked on the tin. It’s a Catalan dish of desalted cod, floured, browned and then baked in the oven, with garlic, pimentón, white wine and parsley. Traditionally this was cooked in a tin tray, hence, “on the tin.” Mine was served with boiled potatoes and they generously gave me two large pieces! I particularly recommend eating this here.
Oli had patitas de calamar en salsa con patatas fritas – squid legs in a rich savoury sauce with fried potatoes. The squid was quite tender and the sauce was delicious.
We drank the house rosado with dinner – I noticed on the bill that it cost €4.70 for the whole bottle!
For pudding I had crema catalana (surprise surprise).
Oli ordered flan.
Romesco offers great food at a friendly price – the bill for two of us (including a large bottle of fizzy water) came to €29!
Romesco is at: Carrer de Sant Pau, 28, 08001, Barcelona