While on our Context Travel walk our docent pointed out to us Casa Culleretes, which is the oldest restaurant in Catalonia and the second oldest in Spain. We had the chance to go into the restaurant before it opened for the day to it’s customers. Walking in you feel as if you have stepped back in time. The ceilings are of a dark wood and the walls a beautiful deep golden color. All three dining rooms are decorated with tile dadoes and ornate wrought-iron chandeliers. As we were leaving we decided to make reservations for dinner that evening. Dinner starts late in Spain and Culleretes doesn’t cater to tourists by opening earlier, they open at 9pm on the dot. If you don’t want to eat dinner late I would suggest going there for lunch, but definitely make a reservation because tables fill up fast.
It was founded in 1786 as a pastelería (pastry shop) and the restaurant still retains many of its original architectural features. The chefs make authentic dishes from northeastern Spain, including zarzuela a la marinera (shellfish stew), paella and special game dishes, including perdiz (partridge). I ended up getting the set price menu of €25 with three course. My first course was a salad with olives, tomatoes, jamon(ham), hard boiled egg, carrots, and lettuce. My main dish was chicken with a ratatouille sauce and for dessert chocolate cake.
I wouldn’t give the restaurant five stars for their service since the staff isn’t very friendly, but having the chance to take in the ambience and eat good, Spanish/ Catalan food makes it worth the trip. On the walls there are also signed photographs of celebrities, flamenco artists, and bullfighters who ate at there, so while you are waiting for your food you can take a look at all the photographs.
CARRER QUINTANA 5 (near La Rambla)
Tel. 93 317 30 22 – 93 317 64 85
Lunch: 1:30pm-3pm/ Dinner: 9pm-11pm (Closed:Sun night & all day Mon)