When wandering around Gràcia – one of the most interesting barrios in the city – you will encounter some really very good restaurants. One of my favourites is Cal Boter, a small, welcoming place which serves exceptionally good flavoursome Catalan dishes.
In the evening it can be a lively spot – with families and gangs of pals meeting up to try dishes such as tenderloin beef steak with foie gras sauce, or slices of roast beef with apple puree – see photo above – trotters (pigs’ feet) with prawns, prawns with wild mushrooms, or meatballs with cuttlefish, as well as snails.
At lunchtime it will be busy but quieter, though the food is just as good and considerably cheaper. You’ll have a choice of 5 first courses, 4 second courses and 6 desserts.
The desserts here are very good and go beyond the usual crème caramel, pudding, ice-cream, yoghurt or fruit a good many places offer. Most times I visit I have pears soaked in red wine; simple yet brilliant.
It’s all good, tasty and filling stuff, and priced very reasonably.
The staff here are very friendly and the service is very good. Unless you ask otherwise they will serve your wine in a porron (porró in Catalan) so you can have fun splashing yourselves as you attempt, and fail, to direct the thin stream of wine into your nervous mouth.
And – a bonus – the place is open in the morning from 09:00 for cooked breakfasts.