The small and cosy restaurant SantaGula is located in the charming and tranquil square Narcís Oller in Gràcia. This neighbourhood restaurant with big flavours is just a stone throw from Via Agusta and a short stroll from Avenida Diagonal.
This small restaurant opens serves up small plates a la carte for lunch and dinner, the space warm with a Nordic feel do to it’s white washed walls and wooden tables and seats.
The menu is simple, one A4 that contains all the dishes. At restaurant SantaGula they don’t divided starters and mains, but they start out lighter and end with heavier plates. The desserts get a section of their own.
The cuisine is made with seasonal products, and supposedly changes their menu every 15 days. The work products from Spain blended with international ingredients to create traditional dishes with a twist.
Sometimes when one lunch or dine alone at a restaurant it’s hard to get the hang about the food served. So it’s always easier to drag someone along so one (read I) can attack their plate or convince them to share all the dish with me.
At SantaGula they serve Spanish platillos or small plates. Smaller then a regular size dish but bigger then a tapa, which is the perfect method to try the cuisine of the restaurant.
Once in a while I like to go for a meal by myself, and the lunch stop at SantaGula was one of them, which was a mistake.
First of all to savour all this goodness and not share the experience with someone, strike one.
Not being able to try more plates, strike two.
Strike three, do not try to finish everything on the plate and then order a dessert just for the sake of it, when not wearing pants with elastic waistband.
I managed to relish small batter fried sardines with smoked aubergine mash and Hoisin sauce 9,50€, perfectly crisp.
Raviolis filled with mushrooms and prawns, and a Parmesan sauce 12,50€, full of flavour, the texture of pasta dough could have been slightly more firm.
Segovia deboned sucking pig with caramelized mango 18€, tender meat, the crisp and salty skin in combination with the sweet mango, impeccable match.
Crema Catalan mousse with mandarin sorbet 4,80€, a refreshing dessert after three filling dishes, (and no I did not finish the dessert).
The bill ended just over 50€ with a glass of wine and water, quiet hefty for a midweek lunch. Do have in mind ordered more then I could handle, I could easily have shared this meal with one person and we both would have left perfectly satisfied.
SantaGula is a local hot spot, and more and more visitors find their way to this gem. It´s hard to get a seat for both lunch and dinner so make sure to book in advance
Plaça de Narcís Oller, 3, 08006 Barcelona
Monday to Sunday 13.00h – 15.30h and 20.00h – 23.30h
Phone: +34 931 85 76 49