Photo by Nadia Feddo
Calçots cooking over an open fire
This is probably the very last weekend for a calçotada until the season starts again next December so if you’ve got room for one final helping of calçots, try one of these places. It’s essential to call ahead as calçot season is drawing to a close and if you are a large group, they may not have enough in stock. Don’t despair if you miss the last of the calçots though as any of these places are great for a big pile of grilled meat after a morning spent walking in the Collserola natural park.
Merendero Font de les Planes, Crta Vallvidrera a Sant Cugat 110, tel. 93 280 5949. If you don’t have a car, this place is perfect as it is right next to Les Planes train station. There’s a decent calçot menú for €31 which includes calçots, chips, all i oli, pa torrat amb tomàquet, grilled meats, dessert, cava, wine and coffees. If you want to save money, come in a big group, hire out a grill (parilla) and bring your own food (€5 to hire a table for four, €4 to buy the firewood and €5 to hire the parilla). It’s not especially pretty but that doesn’t put off the large groups of young people who throng the place at weekends. No one minds here if you decide to eat your calçots in the traditional manner: standing up.
Masia Can Borrell, Carretera d'Horta a Cerdanyola (BV-1415), km 3, Sant Cugat del Vallès, tel. 93 692 9723, www.can-borrell.com. This beautiful old stone masia is in the heart of the Collserola, perfectly located for a lovely morning stroll to the Pantà de Can Borrell or el Font de la Rata. It’s also about an hour’s gentle, level bike ride from Sant Cugat and one that you could easily manage with younger kids in tow. The calçot menú (€32) allows you up to 25 calçots a head and includes mongetes (beans), chips, all i oli, pa torrat amb tomàquet, grilled meats and a range of puds, and they also have children’s menus.
Restaurant Can Cortès, Ctra.Arrabassada km.6,5, Av. Can Cortès 20, Sant Cugat del Vallés, tel. 93 674 1704 / 93 674 0435. Just two kilometres from Tibidabo funfair, in the middle of the Collserola, this pretty 16th-century masia claims to be the first formal Barcelona restaurant to adopt the Tarragonese calçotada tradition. Portions are huge, noise levels are high and it is crowded to the rafters with domningueros (weekend trippers from the city) so don’t go if you are looking for peace and quiet. There are two set calçot menus (€33), each of four courses including calçots de Valls, fideuat de peix (noodle dish with fish), a large plate of either grilled meat or seafood and crema catalana for dessert.