You’ll find El Vell Sarrià situated on the corner of the square in front of the Town Hall in the old part of the very pleasant district of Sarrià.
Like Gràcia, Sarrià used to be a town in its own right – and, in many ways, it still is. It has a unique vibe and charm. It’s a district well worth exploring.
El Vell Sarrià is one of the few restaurants in the city which still prepares food on a wood-fired stove. You’ll likely scent the woodsmoke when you enter this old building, built in 1745.
It is, without doubt, one of the very best restaurants for Catalan rice dishes in Barcelona.
The star dish here is the poetically named “The rice dish which reminds me of the fountain at Can Guitard, with prawns, pork ribs, and cuttlefish.” It’s a hearty mar i muntanya – (sea and mountain) dish combining the fruits of the earth with the fruits of the sea. It’s thick and rich with the colour of very fertile soil. Don’t let this put you off. The combination of artichoke, prawns, crab and cuttlefish creates a real depth of flavour, while the ribs add unforgettable texture.
When you dig into this dish you’ll feel like you’re turning over the native soil, or tilth, and tasting Catalunya’s coastline on your tongue at the same time.