One might think a restaurant that has specialized in traditional Catalan cuisine for over 45 years could rest on its laurels. Ca l'Isidre, however, is one of those iconic establishments that has kept up with the changing city to ensure its place among Barcelona’s unmissable dining experiences.
Ca l'Isidre is a family-run restaurant. These days, while Isidre Gironès searches the Boqueria market for the finest fresh produce, his daughter Núria helms the kitchen and prepares the homemade desserts. The restaurant has specialized in traditional Mediterranean and market-fresh cuisine since 1970. Over the years, it has skilfully integrated contemporary nuances to maintain its appeal without losing sight of its original culinary identity.
Although the menu changes frequently based on what is fresh at the market, one usually finds mushrooms en papillote with duck liver and Armagnac, monkfish suquet with clams, and roasted kid goat shoulder with tender Figueras onions.
The walls add to the sensory delight with original artworks by Miró, Dalí, Tàpies, Vives Fierro and others.
Awards & Recognitions: 2 Repsol Soles, second best restaurant in Barcelona (Macarfi guide), Gourmetour guide, FEHR award for Spain's best hospitality sector businessperson 2016.