Els Quatre Gats Restaurant

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Els Quatre Gats or 4 Gats (as its commonly known) sparked my interest after having read about it in a wonderful book called "Shadow of the wind" by a Spanish author Carlos Ruiz Zafon. The book was set in Barcelona so when I visited the city for the third time early this year, I made it a point to visit and dine in this famed restaurant. It opened in 1897 and was a popular haunt for Picasso and his mates. He apparently took on his first commissioned work by creating the front cover of the menu. This only peaked my interest more and sure enough, it didn't disappoint.

Els Quatre Gats or 4 Gats (as its commonly known) sparked my interest after having read about it in a wonderful book called “Shadow of the wind” by a Spanish author Carlos Ruiz Zafon. The book was set in Barcelona so when I visited the city for the third time early this year, I made it a point to visit and dine in this famed restaurant. It opened in 1897 and was a popular haunt for Picasso and his mates. He apparently took on his first commissioned work by creating the front cover of the menu. This only peaked my interest more and sure enough, it didn’t disappoint.

Located in a narrow street just off the Placa de Catalunya, it was quite accessible. The atmosphere inside was dim and quite romantic. Old tables and chairs line the tapered entrance (for customers who are interested in having an afternoon coffee or cervesa and some churros con chocolate) but back part of the restaurant opens up to a two tiered proper dinning room. We managed to get a table for dinner and had a lovely meal (I had the house specialty lamb dish). It is a bit pricey (about 60-70 euros per head for a 3 course meal with wine) but well worth it seeing as you have a pianist and violinist to serenade you while you enjoy scrumptous bite after bite. Though I must say though that the waiters were a bit snooty and unaccommodating. :(

Take care to get in early as we were refused on our first visit. Reservations are not accepted, it’s by a first come first served basis
(or so we were told). All that aside, it’s definitely a great
LomoLocation if ever visiting the beautiful city of Barcelona.

http://www.4gats.com/web.html

written by golfpunkgirl on 2008-04-27 in #world #locations #nightlife #food #culture #luxury

2 Comments

  1. pjp
    pjp ·

    I stood before Els Quatre Gats too, didn't enter, too expensive for me :)
    I wonder Wasn't the magic of the place gone when you had dinner there ?
    Its like having a cappucino in 'les deux moulins', the café where Amelie Poulain worked in Paris, It all sinks back into the usual banalities, where it was safed from by the fantasy of a writer or cineast, although ofcourse they too must have seen something in those places before using them,... They Put a little magic in it that we visitors can't experience by visiting those places, only by reading about them... it's our doom :)

  2. disdis
    disdis ·

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