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Catalan food: history and tradition in restaurant 7 portes

One of the things that the tourists in Barcelona are looking for is their gastronomy. Catalan food, recognized throughout the world thanks to great chefs such as Carme Ruscalleda or Ferran Adrià, is a claim to visit our country. In Barcelona there are many restaurants where you can find this type of cuisine, but if there is one that stands out for its quality, history and tradition, this is the Restaurant 7 portes (7 doors).

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Restaurant 7 portes: not only food

Near Port Vell we find a building surrounded by porches that was built in the middle of the 19th century. Josep Xifré, an important businessman of the time, wanted to emulate the main porches of Paris to build a building on the Passeig d’Isabel II. There, he installed his residence, offices and a luxury cafe, and the building had exactly seven doors. Already in the 20th century, specifically in 1929, the Cafè became a restaurant, meeting place for intellectuals, politicians and journalists, thus beginning the long gastronomic tradition of the local.

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The Restaurant 7 portes has been the host of artists such as Picasso, Dalí or Miró, and have passed through their tables actors at the height of Robert de Niro or Harrison Ford. A few commemorative plaques recall the passage of these illustrious guests by the restaurant, and surely they enjoyed the Catalan cuisine that it’s cooked there from the beginning.

Throughout the years, the flexibility and generosity of the different owners who have had this restaurant in Barcelona have made it adapt to the changes and advances in Catalan cuisine without ever leaving out its origins or tradition. This desire to preserve the past without denying the future has turned it into a reference restaurant in Barcelona.

Traditional catalan food

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In the kitchen of the Restaurant 7 portes in Barcelona they use the product of the land to respect the traditional Catalan cuisine, for which you can taste dishes such as traditional cannelloni, different types of roasts, rice and paellas. But throughout their career they have been able to follow the gastronomic tendencies not to renounce the most international cuisine. Thus, in their menu you can find the most traditional Catalan flavors without forgetting what other cuisines offer us.

One of the most ambitious projects in this restaurant in Barcelona is the dissemination of the history of gastronomy in Catalonia. For this reason, in 2013 a committee of scientists was created that devoted themselves to studying and selecting the recipes of traditional Catalan cuisine. From these studies, there have been four books that show the evolution of Catalan cuisine, from medieval recipes to those found in the middle of the 20th century. The Restaurant 7 portes is not just a place to taste the richness of Catalan cuisine but also have been concerned about publicizing it and bringing its history closer to the people.

If you want to enjoy an exceptional meal at this restaurant in Barcelona, you can book our Montjuïc & Gotic tour that goes through the Port Vell, and from there you can arrive at a moment to recover forces after the e-bike tour.