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By Regina Winkle-Bryan
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. I want one of each, I thought as we walked in and found the last table in the back. The walls at Nou Priorat were covered in vibrant art and music with a heavy beat played in the background. The owners are Cuban and the menu reflected this, featuring some dishes from their homeland, though most of what they serve is from Catalonia and the rest of Spain (the place is named after a region in Spain, Priorat, where excellent red wine is made).
We had a plate of bravas (spicy potatoes – a typical tapa) and a cheese sampler and both were very 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 a large empty table in the corner, trading stories and sipping beer after a busy night.
El Celler del Nou Priorat is right next to the train station Sants Estació and 100 times better than most of the mediocre eateries which ring the station. It’s within an often overlooked neighborhood of Barcelona where you’re not likely to run into many tourists (apart from those at the train station). If you are waiting for a train or want a nice place for a bite after a long journey, head to Nou Priorat.
El Celler del Nou Priorat
Calle Vallespir 19 – 08014, Barcelona, Spain