1950s-style local bar on a corner in the well-groomed Dreta de l’Exiample (that’s the right hand side of the Exiample to you and me). A firm favorite among residents and, as legend would have it, the last place Salvador Puig Antich (an anarchist and one of the most controversial political prisoners of the Franco era) was seen before his arrest in the early 1970s.
The classics: croquetas, Russian salad, patatas bravas, boquerones and calamares among others. Prices around €3.50 to €4 per dish.
Oh, and there was a crayon-scrawled ‘Michelin Star’ pinned to the back of the bar, so it must be pretty good.
What we ate
We rolled up to Bar Funicular with a hankering for calamares. ‘Calamares please!’ we said to the barman. ‘Do we have calamares?’ the barman shouted over one shoulder to his glamorous barmother. She shook her head. We must have got there too late (although the remaining odds and ends of seafood did look good).
On the plus side, Glamorous BarMother spent a good hour and a half stealthily topping up our little bowl of peanuts so we didn’t go hungry. Gusto Guides loves maternal guilt complexes.
Glamorous Bar Mother alone is a reason to return.
Neighbourhood crowd and excellent period decor.
Kitchen closes a little early by Spanish standards
The verdict: will we be going back?
Calle Girona, 70
tel: 932 655 223
Nearest metro: Girona