Gelida has been owned and managed by the same family and serving locals honest, hearty Catalan dishes since 1946.
It’s one of my favourite places to eat during autumn and winter.
I’m not the only one who respects its goodness – chefs who work in nearby restaurants come here to eat between shifts. It’s very popular with local workers, and you may have to wait awhile to get a table at lunchtime. But, you don’t need to wait until lunchtime – they serve full meals from 07:00 through to 21:15.
With its stainless steel counter, soda siphons, formica tables, tiled floor, old FC Barcelona photos and ephemera, this isn’t some trendy retrofied joint – it’s the real thing.
French visitors would likely describe the food here as: cuisine de grand-mère – traditional, unfussy, flavoursome homemade grub.
They offer a range of six or seven first plates, such as chickpeas with boiled egg, lentil stew with ribs and chorizo, and a country soup, all priced at €3, and a range of 19 larger, second plates including rabbit, meatballs, pig’s trotters, cod and the Catalan classic: cap-i-pota – priced between €3.60 and €5.10. Plus they offer daily specials, such as paella on Thursdays. Side orders of chips, fried aubergine, beans or chickpeas are just 60 centimos. All good tasty stuff.
It’s a bodega so they have good cheap rustic Catalan wines from the barrel.
Where else in the city can you find a plate of tasty homemade paella for only €3.50?