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Can Solé, tradition in Barceloneta

February 9, 2014

A few days ago, we visited  Can Solé. This traditional and historical restaurant is placed in Sant Carles St.,4, an interesting street (see our post https://notonlyeating.wordpress.com/2013/05/20/barcelona-barceloneta-i-tapas/) next to the the Fratenitat Library and the Barceloneta market.

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It has 2 floors. Downstairs there is a small dinning room and a particular open kitchen. The walls are plenty of photos of the owner with famous people.

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The strong point of this restaurant are rise (mostly paella), shellfish and fresh fish. The starters we chose were a salad with peppers and onion soup with cheese Brie and bread (delicious!).

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As main courses, we tasted the monkfish, cooked in oven, one just with  potatoes and onion and the other with potatoes and romesco and all-i-oli  (traditional Catalan sauces). Both dishes were very tasty.

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Monkfish with potatoes and onion

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Monkfish with romesco and all-i-oli

Desserts are varied and following Catalan traditional. Prices are high (main course at 25-30€), like most restaurants of the area offering high quality raw materials.

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Detail of the Can Solé menu, with a traditional Catalan “auca” explaining the restaurant history in verse.

The maître Carlos, very kind, recommended us the dishes and explained us interesting things about the restaurant philosophy,  like the way they buy the fresh fish to the Barceloneta fishermen (and fisher-women!), betting for the local trade.

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On the other hand, and following the Barcelona Negra 2014 and Pepe Carvalho’s spirit, we discovered it was one of the favourite restaurants of Vázquez Montalbán to eat “arròs amb espardenyes”. You can see an special article here.

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Manuel Vázquez Montalbán’s dedication to Can Solé

This is an example of the tradition of Barcelona since 1903, a classic place to go at least on time. We recommend you!

It was our first visit following the recommendation of Time Out’s Gourmet Passport. We hope it was the first of much more!

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And if you go to Barceloneta, other options and routes: https://notonlyeating.wordpress.com/2013/05/23/barcelona-barceloneta-ii/ .

And if you are looking for tapas there, see the post https://notonlyeating.wordpress.com/2013/05/20/barcelona-barceloneta-i-tapas/.









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