The kitchen at Madrid-Barcelona prepares some of the most succulent Catalan dishes in Eixample. The silky illumination, the soothing colours, and the spacious interior guide you into a state of general relaxation, ideal for getting stuck in to the rice, cod or lamb. The fish is quite good, and they also hit the mark when they pay tribute to food from the land – they make a 'capipota' (literally, 'head and foot' of pork) that is perfect, verging on the miraculous. It's a peasant dish that was originally made up of leftovers, but is now considered haute cuisine in Catalonia, where there's no shame in eating offal, and indeed revelling in this unique sensory pleasure. Head to Madrid-Barcelona to get an idea of what it would be like to eat meals prepared by your Spanish granny.