On Saturday we walked south from Calella, to Sant Pol de Mar, where we had a fantastic lunch at El Rellotge.
playa la platjola
It was a leisurely 30 minute walk, past Calella lighthouse and round the coast (above right). El Rellotge is situated middle right in the picture.
el rellotge interior
This is a tiny unpretentious bar by the sea, run by Lluís with his wife and daughters.
Aside from the blackboard, there isn’t a sign outside with the name – the thing that matters most here is the food! You will see from the menú, that Lluís sells tapes, paelles, fideuà and vermut (plus other drinks).
There were four of us, so we ordered lots of tapas. Berberechos (cockles), were the first to arrive. These are Nookie’s favourite and were ordered twice!
We sprinkled the berberechos with a particularly good local sauce, Salsa Espinaler – it’s made of wine vinegar, pimentón, black pepper and spices.
We drank Cresta Rosa – a slightly fizzy (from a natural second fermentation) rosado wine, from nearby Emporadá.
it’s frothy man
The cold rosado was quite refreshing in the hot sun.
alcachofas y garbanzos
Next to arrive were alcachofas y garbanzos – artichoke hearts and chickpeas with garlic.
They say you can judge a bar by the quality of it’s croquetas – the homemade ones, like these above (made with bacalao), are outstanding.
I ordered a plate of pulpitos, which I love – they came in a rich and savoury sauce
At this point Oli switched wine to blanc – it came with a number, the bottlers name and address, without wine name or grape. No complaints here, it was an excellent dry white.
The above plate of sepia was cooked with peas and a garlicky sauce – I’m quite sure it was the most tender cuttlefish I’ve ever eaten.
The albondigas were fabulous and I was surprised to discover they were made with chicken.
We enjoyed a plate of boquerones – fresh anchovies marinated overnight in wine vinegar and served in olive oil.
Dorian ordered patatas bravas – fried potato pieces, usually served with a shop bought, spicy red sauce. Here the potatoes had been perfectly fried until they became puffy
and the salsa brava was home made (it was quite special too)!
Having been completely sated, over the course of about 3 hours, we bade farewell to our affable host Lluís and family
sant pol de mar
…before walking round to Sant Pol de Mar station, which is practically on the beach.
Our meal, with copious bottles of wine, came to about €102 for 4 people.
El Rellotge is at the far end of Avinguda Doctor Furest, as you walk round the edge of the sea, from Sant Pol de Mar.