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7 Portes – Barcelona, Spain

November 14th, 2009 · No Comments

7 Portes - Barcelona

Open since 1836, this is still a highly regarded restaurant in Barcelona. On perusing the menu, the house specialty is paella parellada and certain seafood dishes. Of course, we had to try the paella parellada, which came highly recommended by a local person. Paella is so often a tourist trap that it takes a little seeking out to find a place which does it properly without skimping on the ingredients or process. In addition, they make so much paella here that you can order a single (large) serving rather than having a minimum of two people, which can be the case in other restaurants.

The paella was presented to our table in a cast iron paella pan, before being whisked away to be served out on our plates. The paella parellada is the “rich man’s feast” which includes everything – meat, seafood (shelled) and vegetables. It was a savoury blend of perfectly cooked rice – so that each grain of rice retained just a little bit of firmness/bite. The servings are large – even on their menu they state that a 2 person serving is enough for 3.

The service is as expected in a high-end restaurant – attentive but not intrusive. All the waiters are dressed in white jackets and there are always plenty of waiters around to serve your every need.

The cost is expensive – the paella per person is 18.70E and the bread charge is 2.20E. That being said, there was more than enough food and we didn’t have room for dessert.

Reservations are highly recommended. During busy tourist times, there are known to be line-ups down the block. That being said, if you have no reservations, if you arrive before 8 or 8:30pm – you are more likely to get a table. In addition, if you are an “early” diner, like many North Americans, this restaurant does not close between lunch and dinner so you are in luck.


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7 Portes
Passeig Isabel II 14
Barcelona, Spain
Tel: 93 319 30 33 or mobile 671 673 812
Dishes to try: Paella Parellada
Cost: Expensive, 48Euro for two people without appetizer or dessert, no wine

Tags: barcelona · Spain · Special Occasion

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