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Café Pagés: traditional tapas in an informal setting

by Carlos Vicente, 01/12/2015

Café Pagés is a modern bar-café, situated in a busy Street in the heart of Gràcia (Torrent de l’Olla, 27). It’s a great example of the Spanish equivalent of “cheap and cheerful”: bueno (good), bonito (attractive) and barato (cheap). Something which is a stroke of luck in this ever more popular neighbourhood, where a range of restaurants with exception quality, but higher prices focussed especially on tourists is currently flourishing.

In the middle of this panorama in Gràcia, this curious restaurant with a bohemian aesthetic has emerged. The warm decoration is formed up of marble tables, black and white floor tiles and vintage posters on the walls, together with a dim lighting that generates a welcoming atmosphere, and makes it ideal for any moment of the day.

Food offer at Café Pagés: delicious tapas

Café Pagés offers a range of typical Catalan food, including classic tapas, original sándwiches and delicious hamburgers, as well as salads and desserts. I recommend the option of sharing various tapas and, if you’re hungry, also choosing a sandwich or hamburger as a second course.

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In one of our most recent visits, we tried the bomba (stuffed potato), patatas bravas, aubergine fried with cane sugar, provolone cheese and tuna tataki. Personally, I’d say the tapas are very good, although I’d especially recommend trying the patatas bravas (I love them!), fried aubergine, provolone and grilled brie.

It’s worth pointing out that we’re not necessarily talking about cutting-edge innovation or elaborate presentation, rather a selection of traditional tapas displayed with a mínimum of flourishes, but very good quality. As well, I should also mention that they offer an interesting wine menu, with an excellent price-quality ratio.

Café Pagés is one of my favourite places in Gràcia due to its excellent traditional tapas, informal, pleasant atmosphere and excellent price-quality ratio. I’ve always thought that, in reference to this last point, it’s one of the best places you can eat in Barcelona. You can easily share 5-6 tapas together with a glass of wine or a beer, and the bill will come out at less than €15 per head, which is really quite good.

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Café Pagés is a great place to head for some beers after work, eat something quick or share some tapas with friends (that said, small groups with a maximum of 7-8 people are best), as well as taking your other half out on a date. They even have a wide selection of gin & tonics, which makes it a great option for a drink at the start of the evening.

I’d strongly recommend Café Pagés, which I have a special place in my heart for. I love it because the tapas it offers are simple and like they always have been, good quality, in generous portions and with a reasonable price. A formula for success that you’d do well to try…

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