Elisabets. What can we say? This traditional bar-restaurant is an island of authenticity in the midst of the frozen yoghurt stalls and cupcake shops that are gradually creeping into grungy El Raval from the tourist ghetto of Las Ramblas. Just like Romesco, Elisabets fills up every lunchtime and every evening with punters who are hungry for home-cooked food and local recipes. Prices are respectable and the Menu del Dia always chosen to show off some excellent Catalonian recipes with produce from the region (hello, butifarra).
Recently, Elisabeth has made a name for itself among locals and in-the-know visitors alike, and even the venerable Guardian gave the place a mention in its pick of Barcelona’s best tapas bars. This is also a great place to head to start a night out with a few beers and solid, home-cooked tapas and also offers a good selection of proper bocadillos.
- 3 Menús del Día
- 1 Vegetable soup
- 2 Noodle soups
- 2 fricardó (Catalonian beef and mushroom casserole)
- 1 Roast chicken
- Dessert – ice cream all round
- Total: €33
The decoration – shelves and shelves of antique radios and an old racing bike casually hung on the wall as if that was the best thing to do with an old racing bike – gives Elisabets a delicious curiosity shop air. The menu del dia, however, is Els Elisabets’ real forte, especially for those who would like to try a little more traditional Catalan food but have no idea where to start. Oh, and the patatas bravas have a certain (very good) reputation among locals.
Not so sure
Get there early if you want to have lunch – if you arrive after 2, it’s likely you won’t be able to find a table. Also, don’t be put off if the welcome isn’t very warm – front of house staff can be frosty, but the food is worth it.
Address: Restaurante Els Elisabets, Carrer dels Elisabets 2-4, El Raval, Barcelona
Tel: 0034 933 175 826
Opening hours: Mons – Sat 0800-2300h (Friday until 0200h). Closed Sundays, public holidays and through August
Metro: Catalunya (L1, L3 and FGC)
Romesco – restaurant
La Masia – tapas bar
Pipa Club – for late night drinks
Cafe de l’Opera – light bites, coffee and sweet treats