It used to be said that the only thing which started on time in Spain was la corrida (the bullfight) – at exactly 5 o’clock in the afternoon.
We don’t have bullfights in Catalunya any more.
But, here, at Los Toreros, between five-thirty and seven o’clock during the week, you can choose a merienda or, in Catalan, berenar (afternoon snack) of two tapas with wine, or a glass of beer, and bread for just € 4.50.
Why don’t they chime the time of their special offer with la corrida – at 5 o’clock? It would be more poetic. Think Federico García Lorca: A las cinco de la tarde …
The restaurant offers a varied schedule of special deals – depending on the time of day. So, if you time it right, you could pay as little as € 15 for a selection of 7 tapas dishes.
The place is decorated with fading posters, antique photos and other ephemera celebrating bullfighting. It is a museum.
The food, tapas, full dinners and snacks, is very traditional, very Spanish, and very reasonably priced. The portions are very generous. And, they serve jugs of wine and sangría.
It’s not the sort of place to visit on your own, or as a couple, but it’s a good spot for family groups or parties of friends. Don’t forget to take castanets and sombreros.
Situated just off the Ramblas it’s convenient for the city centre, and if you haven’t adjusted to having dinner at 21:00 and later – they’ll serve you a full dinner from 18:00. Open on Sundays.