Los Caracoles, Barcelona
Recently my partner got into a fender bender, when his car got rear-ended by two vehicles following behind us, with me in the passenger seat. It’s one of those accidents where you don’t feel a violent impact, like getting nudged with a bumper car, but the vehicle behind us was totalled. Smashed, front and rear, with its back windscreen smashed on the floor and everything kinda squashed accordion-like.
Although it wasn’t a major accident (nobody got hurt, except for a bruise on one lady), it did lead to a few thoughts, like if it had been a major one, would you have been ready for it? Ready for everything else that came after. This is really depressing, I know, but these thoughts tend to sneak in uninvited when you’re just on a natural high, and then sort of lodge there in your head while your life goes on.
Los Caracoles (which means snails) is one of the oldest restaurants in Barcelona. It’s one of those meals from our travels that I always have on replay in my head. I always keep wondering what else I might have eaten when I was there. We had paella (of course), which turned out wonderful. Not my favourite, but quite possibly one of the more authentic versions we’d ever eaten. Where we went wrong (or not, depending on what you like), was an order of ceviche, something that came recommended. The white fillets were slightly sour, slightly salty, and was mopped up perfectly with their fragrant, snail-shaped crusty bread. It was a good meal with a great experience, having to walk through the open kitchens to get to your table, but I always wonder, if I’d ordered differently, how would we have remembered that night?
Calle de los Escudellers, 14 08002 Barcelona, Spain
+34 933 02 31 85
Tip: This restaurant is located in the El Barri Gòtic neighbourhood – the Gothic Quarters. It’s along an alley when you turn out from the Las Ramblas stretch of road.
This restaurant is also expensive, so plan ahead if you have a budget to keep to.