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Los Caracoles

Los Caracoles

Escudellers, 14
Teléfono: 93 302 31 85

Tuesday, 25th May 2004

Marg and I went for lunch at this renowned restaurant in the centre of the Bari Gotic, just off La Rambla and near Placa Reial, mainly because we couldn't get in for dinner the night before because of the queues. My brother had tipped me off about this restaurant just before we had set off for Barcelona and it turned out to be one of his better tips!

From what I have found out, the restaurant dates back to 1835, and was founded by the Bofarull family.

Situated on a corner, it is easy to find, especially at night, due to the wood-fired rotisserie in the corner window. I didn't have my camera (due to being mugged as we arrived in Barcelona - but that's another story) so you'll have to do with this photo...

This rotisserie lights up the street and emits wondrous aromas as the Chefs altenately stoke up the fire then baste the Chickens - and other goodies. Looking in, it seems to be a quite small bar but don't be dissuaded.

Ask for a table and (assuming one is available) you'll be ushered through the busy, fascinating and very hot kitchen to one of the dining rooms. These are decorated with photographs of the world's good and great who have dined here.

Famous for its snails and Sea-food, I was still tempted by Roast Leg of Kid, while Marg just had to have one of those barbecued chickens.

I decided on a bottle of Cava - mainly because it was quite warm (though the room was air-conditioned) and I had a powerful thirst. We didn't have any starters because we wanted to be able to manage some dinner later on. Marg's dish, a generous half chicken, looked wonderful. The skin, seriously basted, was extremely tasty - some might say it was too salty - and complemented the luscious, juicy, tender flesh.

My leg of Kid also looked impressive and was served on a bed of sauteed potatoes. It was gorgeous. The sweet flesh just fell away from the bone.

The restaurant was full but the waiters managed an air of friendly efficiency. Together with the ambience generated by a clientele which obviously knew they were dining in one of the better place in Barcelona and the exciting bustle of a full-on kitchen between the dining rooms and the bar, one couldn't have wished for a better experience. When I return to Barcelona, Los Caracoles will definitely be on my itinerary again.

Co-incidentally, a few days after we got home, an old "Floyd on Spain" programme on Sky Travel featured Los Caracoles and interviewed the owner - who impressed with his obvious enthusiasm for good eating and maintaining his restaurant's reputation.

This was probably the best eating experience on this holiday and we heartily recommend it to you.

Sandro and Marg

Eatanddrink Ratings

Los Caracoles

Total Score: 81%
Quality: Exceptional
Service: Exceptional
Facilities: Average
Ambience: Average
Value: Exceptional

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