La Cuina d'en Garriga - Barcelona
The story of La Cuina d'en Garriga started in 1876, when Mr. Agustí Garriga Mundet, the great, great grandfather of the current business owners founded in Paris the siphon for soda water to use as an utensil capable of alleviating heavy digestions. As a pharmacist by profession, this man shared his great discovery in Girona and this is how the nostalgic story of the siphons and Garriga family begins.
The siphon is a symbol of the genuine and authentic vermouth that was once essential and obligatory at long sit-down meals. Those were the times of slaughtering your own animals for meat, going hours into the forests looking for mushrooms, walking to the peasant's house asking for a refill of your milk bottles and many long lost norms.
Three generations later, the nostalgia of the past products and the siphons of the family business has helped inspire the restaurant to maintain that authentic, natural and soulful feel that can be somewhat hard to find in Barcelona city. La Cuina d'en Garriga takes you back to the early 1900's, eating your way through real, Catalan dishes that is the kitchen most representative of the region and the locals.
Some classics are a must have whilst in Barcelona; like the Catalan omelette with white beans, black sausage and bell peppers. While eating we saw many locals order a dish with quinoa, season's fresh greens, radish local pine nuts and lemon confit. We didn't regret our choice of dishes, as each one was more spectacular than the last. Accompanied with a glass of cava we ordered homemade foie gras, honey spread toast with sobrasada (raw, cured sausage from the Balearic Islands made with ground pork, paprika, salt and spice), bread and tomato (Pa amb tomàquet) and a mixed plate of fuet salami, white boudin and other cold meat. We just about had enough room on our table for the tasty chicory salad with codfish and homemade romesco sauce. We also shared a couple of main courses; fried eggs with slowly oven roasted potatoes accompanied with morcilla sausages and a steak tartare dish.
An intimate wine cellar is tucked away at the back, a lovely space for wine tastings in the future. An amazing selection of wine and cava can be bought there and the staff can help you match the occasion with the curious palates. It is a plus that you can get the answers to your Catalan cuisine curiosities under one roof.
We love the authenticity and the restaurant has a nice buzzy atmosphere to it! They have a large table for a group at the back, perfect for intimate dining, but be sure to reserve beforehand.
La Cuina d'en Garriga | Gourmet grocery store/ Wine cellar / Restaurant | Open from Monday to Sunday *Lunch & Dinner 13:00 - 16:00, 19:30 - 23:00 / *Breakfast & Tea 9:30 - 13:00, 16:00 - 19:30 / Saturday and Sunday *Catalan Brunch 10:00 - 17:00 | Average costs 25€ - 30€ per person for lunch, drinks incl. | Consell de Cent 308, area code 08007 Barcelona, Spain | +932 157 215 | firstname.lastname@example.org | www.lacuinadengarriga.com