carrer de les ànimes
On Thursday we went to El Hogar Gallego for lunch. Calella is only about 5 streets deep, as you walk up from the beach towards the mountains – El Hogar is on Carrer de les Ánimes to the left.
el hogar gallego
El Hogar is a smart Galician restaurant, a tell tale sign being the high prices on la carta (menu)
el hogar carpark
and the palatial car park opposite!
el hogar bar
A beautiful wooden bar runs down the right hand side of the restaurant, with silver service dining at the rear.
For those of us lunching from the low price menú del día there’s a seating area to the left of the bar, alongside the crustaceans, who were very good company.
menú del día
You will see from the remarkably cheap menú del día above, that one gets 4 courses here (at lunchtime) for €10.90.
Wine is extra, but this bottle of house Moraleda rosat was very good for €9.90.
We both ordered the delicious savoury consomé (spelled with one m in Catalan).
ous fregits amb patates
Oli ordered ous fregits amb patates (egg and chips) as his second course. I’m reminded of a time, when my Valencian flatmate (1991), cooked up a plate of egg and chips for lunch. He told me that it was a typically Spanish dish and asked what we had like it in England?
macarrons amb pollastre
I had macarrons amb pollastre (macaroni with a chicken sauce).
Galician food is quite hearty – even the bread comes thick and rustic.
We both ordered the excellent arròs negro as our main course. This unctuous dish is like a seafood paella, made with Valencian rice and blackened by squid or cuttlefish ink. This one definitely contained squid and octopus. We ordered a little allioli on the side. Just before this arrived, I noticed that our impeccable waiter served the food from it’s dish with spoons, in the traditional silver service manner, albeit at a side table and not quite in front of us.
flam de café
For pudding, Oli ordered flam de café (coffee flan),
tarta de pistacho y fresa
while I had tarta de pistacho y fresa (a strawberry and pistachio cake with cream) – tarta can mean tart or cake in Spanish. This one blew me away with it’s incredible fresh strawberry flavour. The top (other side) was studded with crushed pistachios.
The restaurant has several sections. Towards the end of the long wooden bar, there’s an area dedicated to jamón – you will notice at least 14 hanging in the background.
fish fridge and bar
Beyond the jamón, is the fish fridge (left)
and finally next to the fine dining area, there are beautiful plates of crab and other fish.
el hogar nadal
I failed to notice the car park Christmas decorations during the daytime, but Oli alerted me to them the next day (after visiting the post office round the corner), so I grabbed my camera and returned to take a picture!
For a delicious lunch, in a beautiful establishment with first class waiters, El Hogar Gallego is a must visit restaurant in Calella. Our bill came to a modest €37.29 for 2 people. The New Year’s Eve menu is quite tempting – at €175 it sounds expensive, until you take into account that it includes a free bar and is open until 5am!
El Hogar Gallego is at: Carrer de les Ànimes, 73, 08370 Calella, Barcelona.