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It can all be a little overwhelming, the city may not be huge but the culture, activities, events, eateries etc. is vast. So we have taken it upon ourselves to amalgamate our local 12 years experience in the city via our blog. Whether you are planning on coming over for the festivals, want to find out vegan eats or general insider information, we will keep you in the loop.
A Casa Portuguesa – home for Portuguese food lovers
A Casa Portuguesa
If you are a fan of good home cooked Portuguese food, then you may already know about the ever charming A Casa Portuguesa. The owners already had a spot on Carrer Verdi, Gracia, where many frequented for coffee and delicious pastries. They have now upgraded by opening an additional space, this time a restaurant, winery and cultural reference point in the Eixample neighborhood.
Situated at the lower end of Calle Aragó, you notice that charm just from the façade, with it’s indoor/outdoor terrace, colorful tiles reminiscent of the artistic and ever cultural Portuguese style. What makes this place so great is that it ticks lots of boxes, you can just go for a coffee, a drink at the bar or for something more substantial, like a home cooked delicious meal. Traditional bacalhau à braz amongst others and pollo piri-piri style (no, nothing like Nando’s) are just some of the dishes that you can tuck into here. This all washed down with a glass of Vinho Verde, is time well spent. They actually offer an extensive selection of Portuguese wines, so worth while going so that you can be magically transported to Portugal
There is one thing that you really can’t afford to miss and that is the tasty Pastel de Belém, somewhat like a custard tart with a sugar and cinnamon. These little beauts are dangerously delicious and a must when visiting, you are in a little Portuguese haven after all.
[...] A Casa Portuguesa remains to be a classic hangout whereas Caravela Gourmet is quite modern in it’s design and layout, it has a completely different feel and is quite intimate. It was actually a former auto parts store and Hugo along with Alexander and interior designer Andrea Soto, have neatly created a little gem. Tapas includes Portuguese classics codfish dishes, croquetas, peppers and a selection of cheeses, and there is a small deli section where you can purchase traditional conserves, confits, pâté, cheeses and other goodies. Wine pairing is just one of the things that they intend to start soon, giving you the chance to taste an array of wines from the province of Catalunya and regions in Portugal. We recommend the vinho verde made by the House of Ventozela, and the vermut rojo is pretty good too, but you can also enjoy craft beers, famous wines from Oporto, Moscatel and lots more. [...]
September 9th, 2014 at 6:41, posted by Caravela Gourmet – a place for wine lovers