Are you craving for one of the simplest but most exquisite dishes of the local gastronomy? Surely you are thinking about eating calçots in Barcelona, this delicious and juicy white onion, not bulbous but elongated, which is prepared roasted and seasoned with the typical Romesco sauce.
It is one of the most popular traditional dishes among locals and tourists for its unequalled flavor thanks to the fact that it is roasted over a wood fire. The calçot is traditionally served on a tile along with gloves and a bib so you don’t stain your clothes or hands.
Start eating the calçot by removing the surface layer. Then introduce the tip of the onion into the sauce. Serve with grilled meat, lamb, chicken or sausages.
Where to eat calçots in Barcelona
1.El Jardí de l’Àpat (The Àpat’s Garden)
In the middle of a typical and rustic structure that isolates the noise of the city, a wonderful option is Jardí de l’Àpat, a restaurant specialized in calçotadas. Located near the Carmell Park is the ideal place if you are looking for tranquility in the city while enjoying a delicious calçotada. You can sit on the terrace or in the garden to appreciate the wonderful views.
Address: Carrer d’ Albert Llanas, 2. Price: Calçotada Menu 32 €. Schedule: M-F from 9:00 h to 16:00 h and F-S also from 20:30 h 23:30 h.
This brasserie restaurant is located in the center of the Eixample district of Barcelona, a place well known for its varied offer of Mediterranean market food. In Balmes/Roselló you will be able to taste its specialty which are the grilled meats, but also the tapas, the pizzas and the calçots prepared in the wood oven.
Carefully decorated in a modernist style. Open every day from 1:00 p.m. to midnight. Address: Carrer de Balmes, 129. Price: Calçotada 26 €.
3.Can Cases viewpoint
At El Mirador you can eat calçots in Barcelona surrounded by nature and sitting at the table with tablecloth and cutlery. This restaurant is an “oasis” in the Parc de Collserola. The restaurant occupies the facilities of a 16th century rural farmhouse. It is an ideal space that offers different very cozy rooms, especially in winter because of its fireplaces. Its main attraction is its terrace-vermuteria. Here you can enjoy the best calçotada with beautiful views.
Address: Camí de Can Cases, 15. Opening hours: M-Th closed; W-W and Th 12:30 – 16 h; F 12:30 – 23:30 h; S 9:30 – 23:30 h and Sun 9:30 – 17:30 h.
Located less than 5 minutes from the Les Planes bus stop, the picnic area Can Pichurri is an excellent option to eat an authentic calçotada. Huge rooms for you to enjoy delicious calçots with family or friends amidst a very traditional decoration with paper tablecloths and checkered napkins.
Address: Passeig Solé i Pla, 6. Price: Calçotada 29 €. Opening hours: from MA to DO from 13:00 h to 17:00 h.