Tucked away in the narrow back streets of the Gothic Quarter, the Cafe de l'Academia is a local secret that's recently popped up on the tourist radar thanks to some rave guidebook reviews. The modern Catalan cuisine certainly deserves the hype with dishes like lasagne with black pudding, rack of lamb and, typically for a Catalan restaurant, a wide selection of succulent of fish dishes - such as cod gratinée with an artichoke mousse. Proprietor Jordi Casteldi also owns his own vineyard and tasty drops from the grapes of Catalonia certainly add to L'Academia's authentic regional feel. If you need any further endorsement of the Cafe's quality then how about the fact it doesn't even bother opening on weekends? Just one of many great restaurants in Barcelona! NB. If you want to make a reservation call them as they do NOT answer emails.
Advice for booking a table at Cafe de l'Academia: The restaurant DOES NOT USE EMAIL so please be advised to contact them by phone.
reviewed by The Editor from Spain on Aug.07.2011
Stumbled across this gem in the Gothic Quarter. Very busy even at lunchtime but luckily we got seats. Probably the best value for money meal we had in Barcelona
reviewed by Somya from United Kingdom on Jan.26.2011
They never answered my email
reviewed by Bret from New Zealand on Oct.23.2010
Tasty food, and while there's a good selection of wine, the house wine is excellent, so you don't have to shell out too many euros for a pleasant meal.
reviewed by Dualla from United Kingdom on Jul.16.2010