Can Ros is another reason to head to Barceloneta for a meal, with its set lunch menu for around €16 and the à la carte menu boasting a special section for rice dishes, where you'll find an outstanding rice with ‘capipota’ (calf’s head and foot) and prawns, and a melt-in-your-mouth rice with lobster. The black rice with cuttlefish and artichokes – artichokes are a good litmus test – was everything we’d hoped for and more. To whet our appetite we ordered squid croquettes, which arrived fried to perfection, resting on a lovely cushion of alioli (garlic mayonnaise) and tomato sauce. Simplicity, just what we were after.
If you’re on the hunt for the best paella in Barcelona, we’re here to help. While you might know that paella has its origins in Valencia, you don’t have to take a day trip down the coast to enjoy this traditional dish. There’s plenty of it in Barcelona – though Catalans may argue that their own rice dishes, which you’ll find on menus as ‘arròs’ rather than ‘paella’, are even better than their more famous cousins. What’s the difference? Mainly it’s that they’re a bit more brothy, but they’re just as delicious, so be sure you don’t pass them over in your quest for an official paella. You can definitely find both in Barcelona, and we’ve tried more than our share of each in our quest to find the city’s best rice dishes. So, ready to take a well-deserved break from ticking off all those amazing bucket-list things to do? Here’s where to fill up.
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