Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Barcelona Part III: Restaurant 7 Portes

I had quite a few doubts about 7 Portes. First of all, it took us much longer than expected to find the restaurant, as the hotel concierge didn't give us the most clear directions, and secondly, upon arrival, we discovered that the restaurant opens at 1pm for lunch. While waiting at the tables outside, the other patrons trickling in were all foreign tourists. Every one of them.

It turned out to be a wonderful experience though. Created by a successful Catalan businessman in the 19th century, Restaurant 7 Portes has 7 doors through which the public could enter (now only one main door is used). It serves traditional Catalan-style cuisine. Walking through the restaurant, we discovered there were many different dining rooms, each of varying sizes, and all with beautiful decor.


The gorgeous outdoor area at 7 Portes.


A plaque on the ground in front of the entrance.


The main dining room where we were seated. It felt like a more upscale Balthazar.


Steak Tartare, €18,90 (US$25): Definitely the best steak tartare I've ever had-- tasty, perfectly cold, and a very good portion size.


Arroz Negro d "l'Empordà", €19,10 (US$25): Rice with natural black cuttlefish ink, prepared in a Catalan style. This black rice was one of the most spellbinding dishes from the trip. Great textures, bursting flavors, and an abundance of cuttlefish scattered throughout.  

Although we only had room to try these 2 dishes at 7 Portes, it's safe to say this is a must-try in Barcelona. 

Paseo Isabel II, 14
08003, Barcelona, Spain 

Phone number: 
+34 93 319 30 33




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