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Cèntric Canalla

Andalusian flavour, Barcelona spirit

By Brian Gallagher 18.04.13

Classic Barcelona café recently refurbished to accommodate a restaurant and bar located within the Raval area of the city and managed by the Sant Telmo group (also proprietors of Le Figaro cocktail bar and Santana). Founded originally in 1862 Cèntric became a favourite hangout for bohemian locals and artists alike its decor remained untouched since the 1940s complete with red leather banquette seating, ribbed timber cladding and period bar counter. The new interior design project carried out by Pilar Líbano aims to conserve this aspect of the space which in a completely unselfconscious way manages to be inviting, warm and intimate all at the same time. A new area has been added to the rear that carves out a dining room and modern kitchen from the city block connected by a corridor with rest rooms off. The remainder of the building is currently being rehabilitated as a hotel to be opened later this year which will incorporate Cèntric Canalla as its breakfast area and cafeteria.

Chef Antonio comes direct from Seville (in Andalusia) and oversees the culinary offering with an emphasis on tapas and shared plates. Specialising in sautéed dishes the menu is not extensive but there is enough choice to satisfy most with vegetarian options also. The Chops and the Beans served with Chorizo are served at the table in piping hot stainless steel saucepans straight from the hob. The ingredients are fresh, seasonal and updated regularly with the emphasis on Mediterranean cuisine as one would expect from a restaurant that is literally a stone’s throw from the Boqueria Market. Classic options like Patatas Bravas, Alcachofa (artichoke) chips and butifarra (Catalan black pudding) are combined with fresh salad and other healthy dishes. The wine list is simple but effective with an excellent Ribera del Duero house red.

  • Open all day long from 8 AM through 1 AM (at the weekends) with continuous service customers can have a glass of wine, a beer, a coffee or sample the food in either of the spaces or at the bar counter.

  • The new dining area located to the rear. This area perhaps lacks the style of the original café however its location and the vibrant atmosphere more than compensate.

  • Pilar Líbano's interior design retains the magic of the original cafe

  • View of the original cafe area

  • Located at the intersection of Talleres with Ramelleres

  • Decorative details make record the bar's long history

  • Cèntric Canalla
  • C. Ramalleres 27
  • 08001 Barcelona
  • Tel. 93 160 05 26