La Cerveseria

la cerveseria

I cycled up to Gràcia (once a village in it’s own right, but now a suburb of Barcelona) today, in search of Mercat de l’Abaceria, the oldest market in the barrio, but sadly it was closed. It’s possible that it’s closed for August (as are many businesses in Barcelona), but it is also due to be refurbished soon. Looking to turn a sow’s ear into a silk purse and as I was up in Gracia, I thought I ought to look for a suitable place for lunch.


I found La Cerveseria in Plaça de la Revolució, which reminded me somewhat of a German bierkeller by name and on the inside.


I had been looking for a shaded table outside, however, the menú del día looked good and was served indoors only. It’s also worth noting that there were 20 or so locals, eating food downstairs – I took that to be a positive sign.


It was a hot day and as I’d cycled up hill and walked around for 45 minutes, the idea of cold air conditioning with a cheap lunch won me over.


I promptly ordered a refreshing vermut de la casa before the menú del día arrived.


My friendly waiter brought over a dish of little olives to go with the drink. I was beginning to like this place and forgot about the large wall TV (blissfully silent), showing the latest news.


I ordered Fideuà a la Marinera amb Allioli (seafood fideuà) as my starter. Fideuà is a very popular paella like dish, made with short pasta instead of rice – as with paella, fideuà should never contain chorizo! This fideuà was a good one, with, clams, squid, mussels and langostinos (prawns).


For my main course I ordered Tonyina a la Planxta amb Vinagreta de Soja i Llimona (tuna steak cooked on the griddle with a soya and lemon vinagrette dressing), served with fried potatoes in their skins. This was excellent!


For pudding I had iogurt – yogurt with cherries and fruit syrup on top.

vi rosat

Included in the price of my lunch was a 500ml garrafa (carafe) of very good vi rosat – that’s two thirds of a bottle!


I was astonished, when I got my bill – the lunch, including 3 courses, wine, olives, bread and a vermut was €10.50!

I suspect it may get a little noisy here at night, but there are always tables outside. Nevertheless, the lunch and service were excellent and I will go back!

La Cerveseria is at: Plaça de la Revolució 3, 08012, Gracia, Barcelona.

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15 Responses to La Cerveseria

  1. Eha says:

    That does it 🙂 ! After hospitalization and living on sandwiches as down with the flu at present at home . . . I’m moving to Barcelona ! Saw a foodie segment on the place last night on Food Network to boot: I could actually afford to live there ! Methinks the appetizing seafood starter and yogurt to follow would have sufficed . . . well, would not have knocked your wine back either . . . thanks . . .

    • Mad Dog says:

      Amazingly, it’s not just Barcelona – the whole of Spain does a menú del día on weekday lunchtimes.
      You need some chicken soup for flu – I hope you get better soon!

      • Eha says:

        Ah yes, Mad, but methinks the cultural aspects of your fair city would add to the package . . . actually am not ‘that’ fond of much of the country 🙂 ! . . . . too ill to make the chicken soup: wouldn’t it be nice . . . ?

  2. Wow, great menú! You chose exactly what I would have chosen too 😀

  3. Ron says:

    Yet another fine lunch you shared with us today. Your tuna steak looks delicious and perfectly cooked. I

  4. The thought of you cycling brought more sweat to my brows. We are hearing temps are crazy in Spain/Portugal/S Europe. A great menú del día – i would have made same choices especially the fideuà. I’ve been cooking up Mexican food these last few days – fajitas/chicken/guacomole/tomato relish/sour cream.

    • Mad Dog says:

      Believe it or not, Barcelona has been cooler than London for about a month! Regardless, if you cycle up to Gracia, you get to freewheel back down again, though there is a lot to be said for the air conditioned Metro!
      Mexican sounds good.

  5. Michelle says:

    Another bargain!

  6. Karen says:

    I’m always amazed at the price of lunch in Spain. We are taking a cruise from London to Barcelona in two weeks…I hope that I’ll find something as good as your menú del día during our travels in Spain.

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