La Taina Restaurant {Barcelona}

There is the most hearty restaurant ever hidden in the iconic neighbourhood of Gracia in Barcelona. The restaurant La Taina serves traditional Catalan food, especially a great variety of grilled meats and vegetables, all in a very homemade way. Also, I highly recommend a visit there only when you are really hungry, because you will definitely eat very well.

La Taina Restaurant Barcelona

Delicious cooking at La Taina Barcelona

The staff are tremendously friendly and always up for a chat. The resident dog is also lovely and always looking forward to a pat on the head. However, he does get shy in front of the camera…

The resident dog at La Taina

The day I took these photos, we visited La Taina especially to eat an escudella Catalana, which is a traditional Catalan stew. It is served in a way that all the different things that were boiled in the stew were removed from it and served on a plate. The soup was served at the same time, so you had the option of eating it together or separately. It was so good, though that was only the first course…

Escudella Catalana at La Taina

Escudella Catalana LA Taina Barcelona

bread and wine at La Taina Barcelona

For the second course we chose a salchicha criollo, which is actually an Argentinian sausage.

Argentinian sausage at La Taina, Barcelona

All of that was for lunch on a weekday. I decided to skip dessert and go for a strong café cortado, in an attempt to avoid myself from dozing of at my computer later on, and while gazing at the interior patio, wishing for the warmer days ahead where we could hopefully enjoy a moment out there.

sifones at La Taina

La Taina The Patio

Cafe cortado at La Taina

Thank you for reading!

Address: C/ Bruniquer, 24, 08012, Barcelona // Telephone: +34 647 75 17 34

24 Comments

    1. Sofia // Papaya Pieces 2014-04-04 at 13:02

      Hi Jess! Thanks I’m really flattered! Congrats your award, am going there to read fact about you, which is what I like most 🙂

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  1. Sunny 2014-04-04 at 00:19

    That was the first course??? Wow! That really is a lot of food! I need to visit Barcelona again. It is still one of my favorite cities in Europe (people talk about Paris and London all the time. I’d just be glad to be back in Barcelona)!

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    1. Sofia // Papaya Pieces 2014-04-04 at 12:41

      Ahhhh if you do you must come and assess me whether I can do a flick eyeliner or not 😉 I love Paris and London too, but Barcelona is really cool and laid back, and the great this is that when the great weather starts, every weekend feels like you’re on holiday 🙂

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  2. Guillermina Bósquez Stover 2014-04-04 at 01:07

    Does this look like a “cocido Madrileño”?? It does to me…and it looks luscious! Interesting about the name of the neighborhood, “Gracia” which of course means grace. I went to school with a couple of sisters with that last name, Gracia, and I thought that it was interesting because I’d never heard it before. I had heard of García, which is such a common name, like Jones in the U.S. of A. And then when I visited Barcelona in October 2007, I saw the name. And I said, “aha! so that’s probably where it comes from!” Just a little tidbit, musings in my mind…

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    1. Sofia // Papaya Pieces 2014-04-04 at 13:07

      Its like a cocido Madrileño, yes, but those meat balls are called pilotas (in Catalan) which I think they only use here, and a few other meaty differences. Gracia is a great neighbourhood, it used to be a small village but Barcelona grew into it, but it still holds that old village feel and way of living nearly! There are also less tourists here wandering around than in other parts…

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  3. Shanna Koenigsdorf Ward 2014-04-04 at 01:38

    The wine, soup and grilled vegetables have won my heart. Catalan food and a warm welcome: yes, please!!! Great post, Sofia.

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  4. Dalo 2013 2014-04-04 at 02:07

    Wow, that looks like an incredible meal…and those photos look great, especially of the dog.

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    1. Sofia // Papaya Pieces 2014-04-04 at 13:05

      The dog was so funny, very friendly, but each time I pointed the camera at him, he would shyly look away instantly 🙂

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  5. Pemberley Cup & Cakes by Rosa 2014-04-04 at 10:04

    What a lovely and genuine place! I’ve never had escudella and now I’m seriously wondering how I’ve managed to live without it in my life! Thanks for sharing such an amazing finding!
    Besos y buen finde!

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    1. Sofia // Papaya Pieces 2014-04-05 at 12:06

      Its sort of like a cocido madrileño but it replaces certain meats with the “pilota” as you can see. I also forgot to say that inside the soup there are noodle (those shell shaped ones that are popular in Barcelona). I hope you get to try it,.. porque está muy rico 🙂
      Besos!

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  6. Mabel Kwong 2014-04-04 at 10:52

    That soup looks very thick, and very delicious? What was it? To be honest, it looks like a big serving of soup and I think if I drank all of it – or ate all of it – I would feel very full and couldn’t eat anymore. This looks like one hearty meal, with the meats and bread. Love the new blog header! 🙂

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    1. Sofia // Papaya Pieces 2014-04-07 at 08:24

      It’s a very consistent broth (so liquid, not thick really) and I forgot to say that it has some pasta inside it. Thanks regarding the new header!

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      1. Mabel Kwong 2014-04-07 at 11:27

        Ah, I actually prefer my soups thick. But when it’s summer I like my soups less thick. I know this sounds horrible, but my favourite soup of all time is Campbell’s mushroom soup 😀 I know it’s processed and full of salt, but it never fails to taste so good!

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          1. Mabel Kwong 2014-04-07 at 11:31

            It’s hard to replicate the taste of Campbell’s mushroom soup. A lot of mushroom soups I’ve had at your average cafe in Melbourne city are grey, never really white and I find this interesting.

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            1. Sofia // Papaya Pieces 2014-04-07 at 11:34

              I made a mushroom soup the other day along with some other vegetable (I can’t remember which, hahaha!) and even though it didn’t taste like Campbells, it was great! Mine was sort of green because of the other vegetable…. Well I suppose they are grey because the mushrooms oxidise when you cut them!

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  7. dedy oktavianus pardede 2014-04-05 at 03:04

    Loving to taste earthy food like this stew soup, even it’s uncommon in Indonesia to serving the stew separately from the broth……

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  8. pianolearner 2014-04-05 at 21:26

    My wife would covet the old bottles for use as flower vases. That looks a great place, and I can’t believe that stew is only the starter!

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    1. Sofia // Papaya Pieces 2014-04-07 at 08:25

      I was thinking the same, that they would make great flower vases 🙂 Yeah, a starter on a weekday, imagine!

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