And so it happened that once again I found myself out on a school night. Monday to be exact. While most restaurant owners are exhausted after the free-for-all fiesta that is the Barcelonese weekend and close up on Mondays, El Celler del Nou Priorat was open on this quiet night of the week.
Not only was it open, it was packed. Packed with people and packed with baskets of overflowing fruit, heavy trays of sliced meats and large bowls of fresh salads. ‘Yum,’ I thought as we walked in and found the last table in the back. The walls at Nou Priorat are covered in bright art and music with a heavy beat plays in the background. The owners are Cuban and the menu reflects this featuring some Cuban dishes, though most of what they serve is regional from Spain (the place is named after a region in Spain – Priorat – where excellent red wine is made).
I had a plate of bravas and a cheese sampler which was tasty. We also managed to finish a bottle of red wine which helped us to forget that it was Monday and it was getting late. We closed the place down, and as the hours wore on, the owners and waiters took a load off at the large empty table in the corner, trading stories and sipping beer after a busy night.
The reason El Celler del Nou Priorat really deserves a Barcelona review, is because it is right next to the train station, Sants, but so hidden that most would never find it. If you are laid over, waiting for a train or picking someone up at the train station who you’d like to impress, head over to this gem of a spot which has sass, class and a cheese platter….what else could you ask for?
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Calle Vallespir 19 – 08014, Barcelona, Spain
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