Food and drink
Start with pica-pica (plates to be shared) of shellfish and other tapas served with pa amb tomàquet (bread rubbed with tomato), before getting stuck into some wild boar stew, sausage with haricot beans, goose with apple and other delights of rustic Catalan cooking.
The walls upstairs and down heave with yellowing photos of previous diners (most of them Catalan celebs from bygone ages) and handsome old oil paintings of Barcelona scenes.
Bossy but likeable matrons in pinnies rule the roost, shooting withering glances at groups of drunken tourists (don’t worry, there are various dining rooms and literally dozens of tables, so you need not be seated next to them).
C/Quintana is a narrow, easily missed alley off C/Ferran (second on the right if you’re walking from La Rambla).
There are set lunches from 12.50 euros to 15.50 euros on weekdays, but eating a la carte shouldn’t set you back too much more. The wine mark-up is especially reasonable.
- Families with teenagers