Casa Amàlia is a classic restaurant: a place that opened in 1950 right across from the Concepció Market, offering a straightforward and traditional menu that prioritizes quality ingredients and timeless cuisine. The menu is divided into appetizers and two main sections: one for tradition and one for innovation. In the first, you'll find classic delights like grilled monkfish with fish velouté and Montilla-Moriles amontillado with fennel, or three-meat cannelloni with béchamel sauce. In the second, you'll discover playful creations like the 'panalena mallorquina,' a grilled eggplant with crispy bacon, filled with sobrasada sausage, topped with eggplant tempura, and drizzled with honey from the hive.
If you're in Barcelona, you have to try some traditional Catalan fare. Sample some escudellia (Catalan stew) and pa amb tomaquet (tomato-rubbed bread), and finish off with crema Catalana (a Catalan creme brûlée). There's so much to try, and you're bound to love it all.
Not every restaurant in Barcelona does proper Catalan food (and you'll definitely want to avoid the tourist traps). But the ones that do, do it proper. To make life easy, we've rounded up the best restaurants in Barcelona for tasting authentic, local Catalan dishes. Enjoy.
This article was written by Ricard Martín, the food and drink editor at Time Out Barcelona. At Time Out, all of our travel guides are written by local writers who know their cities inside out. For more about how we curate, see our editorial guidelines.