17 Nov Barcelona: La Barceloneta
La Barcelona is best known for its sandy beach, W hotel, Mediterranean Sea and sexy bikini girls in summer ~ not me apparently! All I’m thinking is Paella!!! I know… I know it’s such a waste not to dip into the Mediterranean water, but I’m sooo not a beach person.
While others were sun bathing and swimming, I was googling to see where we should go for lunch. Will was making fun of me that’s all I did the first thing in Barcelona’s beach ~ figuring out what to eat next.
“Oh Will, you know what, there’s a highly rated seafood restaurant right next to beach we gotta check out.” I was checking if Can Majo was open for lunch.
Oops and we didn’t make reservation of course as it’s a spontaneous decision to have paella for lunch. We went to the restaurant by 12:30pm and found out they wouldn’t open until 1pm – such an awkward opening time. Anyway, we went back 30mins later and they accepted us as walk-in. Well, I didn’t expect the restaurant was so fully booked that only 2 tables were accepted walk-ins that day. I started to have very high expectation as their paella must be spectacular to attract that many customers to reserve ahead. I can tell you their paella menu is not cheap, and I chose the signature lobster paella that’s 50€ for two.
Let’s get to the food!!!
Tomato bread and olives were complimentary, both were tasty and I couldn’t wait for my main dish to come.
Here it came!!! The lobster paella!!!!
You may find many restaurants tend to undercook the rice, but that’s the traditional way it should be done. What I like about this paella from Can Majo is it’s less salty and rice is more tender than other restaurants. Maybe also because it’s served to mostly tourists. The rice and lobster were cooked just right, it’s just nothing special in taste. I can make this 99% similar at home with same ingredients. I couldn’t swallow the price $70 for a paella dish that’s not outstanding.
While Paella seems like a national dish in Spain, it is actually originated in Valencia, not Barcelona!! Don’t be surprised if you couldn’t find the most delicious paella in Barcelona. A few seafood restaurants in Barcelona – 7 Portes, Can Solé, Can Ros also serve decent paella, only make sure you try to avoid the restaurants with the Paellador menu sign.. trust me they are everywhere. Those restaurants do not cook paella from scratch, they reheat the prepackaged rice and charge you for 10-20€. You probably wouldn’t want to have paid that much for TV dinner – see this youtube for details.