Barcelona ~ Barrio Gotic

Down in the old town…

Hostel El Pintor (Advanced B), Carrer Sant Honorat, Tel. 93 301 40 65

Went to this place my friend Santi on reception (and the Michelin guide) recommended for Sunday lunch and being a strange Englishman arrived before everyone else at 2.

My hunger was intense so I ordered what was effectively two huge mains. After the obligatory Pa amb Tomaquet, the first was the Fiduea au Bouillon de Poissou a L’Ailloli, a silver paellaera dish of feathery short noodles with chunks of monkfish cooked in a fish stock made even more delicious by stirring in the garlic mayonnaise.

It didn’t last 5 minutes. I had thought I would need to save space for the Porcelet Roti a la Maniere “Pintor” but the two hunks of little piggy with roast potatoes swimming in oil didn’t last long either.

These went down with half bottles of Vina Sol (dry white from Penedes) and Marquis de Arienzo Crianza (Rioja), both excellent.

To finish the Pudding de Pomme aux Raisins Secs de Malaga et Glace de Creme de Lait Sucre was great, as were the two shots of Orujo des Hierbes I had with it. Good coffee with a jug of warm milk to cap it off.

It was a very nice Sunday treat but I know I can get a better roast in Derbyshire with all the trimmings for much less than the €70 I paid here.

Also the rather dark interior (more atmospheric in the evening?) and the efficient but rather aloof staff didn’t make me want to return.

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