At the beginning for Carrer del Parlament the restaurant La Xalada showing off its good looks. It´s pretty hard not to see the spot as it has the name in big letters in gold written on the dark grey window shutters and the bright red awnings.
On the chamfer, the restaurant has a small terrace, perfect to enjoy the vermouth, lunch or dinner.
La Xalada is run by Isabel Cruz that many of us recognize from Bar Mundial that she used to run with her ex-partner.
The new restaurant doesn´t look anything like the old one, this space is colourful, warm, modern but at the same time with a vintage feel. Warm tones of red and gold mixed with wooden detail, mirrors and paintings decorating the walls.
My visit to La Xalada wasn’t planned, I was out with friends in the hip Barcelona neighbourhood Sant Antoni (also located in the area read; Bodega 1900, Taranná, Café Cometa) we got peckish and decided as we walked by that we were going to try it. Have to say we did a good choice, and we were lucky we got a table as the place was packed.
The menu is easily divided into tapas, salads, meat, seafood and desserts.
We opted for tapas to share between us like; croquettes “carn d´olla”, creamy Russian salad, happy hen´s eggs with potato, cured ham and truffle sauce, and mussels with cava and fennel.
Every plate we tied was full of flavour, familiar and traditional dishes with the special touch of La Xalada.
We enjoyed our food and wine to the fullest in a lively and informal atmosphere. The service was fast considering it was a Saturday night and the restaurant was busy with people.
La Xalada´s opening hours:
Wednesday and Thursday 20.00h – 01.00h
Friday and Saturday 13.00h – 17.00h and 20.00 – 02.00h
Monday and Tuesday closed
Carrer del Parlament 1, 08013 Barcelona
+34 936 760 330