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THIS RESTAURANT IS CLOSED La Catalana Restaurant Review

: The cuisine of Barcelona and environs is featured at this pleasant storefront restaurant. The flavors are vibrant, powerful, and loaded with garlic and anchovies, so if you’re on a date both of you should indulge in the machismo that characterizes this stunning cuisine. Mountain and sea is the motto of Catalan cooking, and you’ll find such interesting variations on surf and turf as rabbit and oysters, or gamy sausage and clams. Always begin with olives stuffed with almonds or anchovies, and accompany them with a choice of the many sherries on the menu. While we don’t as rule love meat and fruit together, trout with raisins makes a delectable combination, especially when it’s wrapped with serrano ham. Several dishes come with romesco sauce, a stringent blend of peppers and almonds. If the dish you’re having does not come with garlic potatoes, order them as a side, and prepare to have your mouth blasted out with the noble bulb, in the form of aïoli slathered on the potatoes. You’ll get a partial cleansing with several of the excellent desserts, all totally authentic. The winner is crema Catalana, which is something like crème caramel, only with preserved fruits sitting at the bottom of the cup like a prize. Armagnac prune ice cream might seem more French than Spanish, but it derives from a region of France near the Pureness and the border with Spain.


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