Can Ramonet

can ramonet

can ramonet

I went for a posh lunch today, with Oli in Barceloneta. It was raining, but for once the weather forecast was right and by the time we arrived (we’d normally walk, but a bus was more appropriate in rain) it had stopped. We were quite keen to visit El Nou Ramonet, after reading an excellent review here, but on comparing today’s lunch menu with it’s older sister restaurant, Can Ramonet (just round the corner, on the main market square), we were swayed by the prospect of fish balls in monkfish soup.

wine bar

wine bar

Can Ramonet is apparently the first house that was built in Barceloneta and dates back to 1753. It was originally a wine canteen and later a fisherman’s tavern. In 1956 Can Ramonet became a proper restaurant, specialising in local fish, black rice, paella, etc. Just inside the restaurant on the left there’s a small wine bar, with wine straight from the barrel, served in a traditional porrón (center of picture).

fish bar

fish bar

On the right is the fish bar complete with lobster tank. Past both bars, there’s seating for at least 100 people.

vi rosat

vi rosat

We sat outside on the terrace, which was quiet due to the weather. I’ve noticed over the years, that even in the evening, Catalans don’t go out when it rains – this can be a great advantage when visiting the most popular bars and restaurants.

menú de migdia

menú de migdia

Can Ramonet’s menú de migdia costs €18 for 3 courses including a drink, bread and pudding or coffee. This is excellent value when you consider that an à la carte main course here can cost at least €18 on its own.

sopa de rap amb mandonguilles

sopa de rap amb mandonguilles

We both ordered a starter of Sopa de Rap amb Mandonguilles de Peix de la Barceloneta – Monkfish Soup with Barceloneta Fish Balls. This was so good I could have eaten three bowl fulls and it made us quite pleased with our restaurant choice.

cap i pota i musclos

cap i pota i musclos

For my main course, I chose Arrós Melós amb Cap i Pota i Musclos – Sweet Rice with Cap i Pota and Mussels. Cap i Pota is a traditional Catalan stew of calf’s head and foot, sometimes with a bit of tripe thrown in for good measure. It’s one of my favourites and was excellent with mussels and rice.

rajada a la mantega torrada

rajada a la mantega torrada

Oli ordered Rajada a la Mantega Torrada amb Tàperes i Tomàquet Confitat – Ray in Toasted Butter with a Tomato Confit and Capers. I had a little taste and it reminded me of Julia Child’s enthusiastic first taste of Sole Meunière.

mel i mató

mel i mató

For pudding, we both ordered the Catalan classic Mel i Mató – fresh Goat’s Cheese with Walnuts and Honey.

carajillo

carajillo

It will be no surprise that I finished my lunch with a carajillo de cognac and no doubt you will have noticed my usual glass of rosado.

la factura

la factura

Both the food and service were first rate here. Our excellent lunch came to a very reasonable €43.35. The additional coffee and carajillo were a mere €2.30 and €2.95 respectively

font d'or

font d’or

and even the 500ml bottle of posh water was a trifle at €2.10!

Can Ramonet is at: Maquinista 17, 08003, Barcelona.

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27 Responses to Can Ramonet

  1. All my favorite stuff, especially what you ordered. The fish balls look amazing and the calf parts in a stew plus ray and a carajillo. It’s what brought me to the blog world. What history this restaurant has. I love black rice too. I need to go back to Spain!!!

    • Mad Dog says:

      Thanks Amanda – god those fish balls were good! I love these surf and turf combinations which seem like impossible pairings. I hope I’m around when you visit, your enthusiasm is infectious 🙂

  2. jmcheney says:

    Dear MD, What great fun it would have been to have hopped on the rainy day bus with you all today to sally forth to Can Ramonet’s most special menu de migdia lovely lunch experience. Since I could not, the very next best thing is reading & witnessing your special & generous posting of it here. Thank you so much for the Vicarious Delight which has made my gloomy old January day (with leftovers). <[:~) J.

  3. Eha says:

    Interesting menu! Think I could have managed a couple of plates of that soup myself. And that was a most interesting ‘surf and turf’ – actually looked up the link: tho’ I speak but a dozen words of Spanish, could actually understand – hmmm, being a foodie sure helps 🙂 ! . . . . thought my polenta with grilled tuna had been quite tasty for lunch: now I am looking somewhat enviously at your photos . . .

    • Mad Dog says:

      Thanks Eha – the more Latin languages one knows, the more alike they become and there are a load of words that are very similar – definitely something they should teach at school! Your lunch sounds pretty good to me 🙂

  4. Nadia says:

    Gosh, your meals out always have me drooling.

  5. Elizabeth says:

    Oh my….I’m SUCH a land locked food lover! I’ve tried and tried to love food from the sea but it just escapes me, much to my husband’s dismay. But reading your adventures makes me long for Barcelona again….. just without the fish dishes. 🙂

  6. Conor Bofin says:

    It distresses me to see such fantastic food and such great value. A meal of this quality would set one back at least twice to three times that.

  7. Stunning meal again MD! We’re just back from an overnight stay in Le Touquet where we ate well, but nothing amazing and oh so expensive compared to Spain and even to the UK.

  8. Karen says:

    It looks like a rainy day certainly can’t get you down. A terrace side lunch, delicious food at a reasonable price, now that is nice.

  9. Michelle says:

    Posh! And a bargain, too. I’m so jealous. 🙂

  10. Sariska Jeep Safari says:

    All my most loved stuff, particularly what you requested. The fish balls look amazing…..

  11. Cecilia says:

    This place sounds totally great! Your pictures surely helped! Thanks!

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