Food and drink
Start with seafood para picar (‘to snack on’): chipirones (baby squid), either fried plain, with onions or battered; red shrimp, or Cantabrian anchovies, say. Of the starters I can recommend the bouillabaisse, and then to follow take your pick of paellas, fresh fish (the ‘cod Can Solé’, baked with spicy romesco sauce, alioli and potato is good) or stews with fish or lobster. There’s also a good wine list with a couple of decent Albariños, such as the honeyed, fresh Mar de Frades.
I’ve never seen this place without a lively buzz going on, thanks in large part to its many regulars and their extended families. The downstairs dining room has the open kitchen at one end, while the upstairs room is a little quieter.
Portly, jovial waiters spread good cheer and give the place a homely feel.
A couple of blocks before the beach, C/Sant Carles is an easy walk from Barceloneta metro station.
Main courses are around 20 euros, and there is no set lunch.
- Business travellers
- Families with teenagers
- People watching