There are many things to love about Poble Sec. It’s close proximity to Montjüic. Its villagey atmosphere and quaint little plazas. Its sizeable South American, Pakistani and Moroccan community that means exotic herbs and spices, and fruits and vegetables can be found in just about every corner store. And then there is La Soleá.
This unassuming little restaurant has been a local favourite for some years now, offering seats in the sun, cheerful service and an extraordinarily good value menu. We’re talking €8 here for three courses and a glass of wine or a caña, something which has long been extinct in trendier parts of town. The food is so good, consistent and varied that its one of the very few places I keep going back for more.
A few weeks ago on a sunny, but chilly spring day I had deeply flavoured baked artichokes with romesco, chicken roasted with sage and onions, and profiteroles with hot chocolate sauce. Today, as the sun racheted up a notch I revelled in a pleasingly bitter frissee salad drizzled in good quality oil and vinegar, followed by oven roasted sea bass with a side of creamy potato salad and spring onions with a slow-roast tomato on the side. I finished with yogurt and fresh strawberries. Washed down both times with a decent enough glass of white and it feels almost like I’ve turned the clock back 10 years to a time when so many of the restaurants of Barcelona served good, honest meals at fair and generous prices. Long may this one last.
Plaça del Sortidor 14, Poble Sec. 93 441 0124. Open Tue-Sat noon-midnight, Sun noon-6pm. Closed Mon.