In a hard-to-find pocket of the Raval, west of the Rambla, this family-run restaurant serves fine seafood and Catalan fare. To get here, approach along Carrer Hospital, take a left through the Passatge Bernardí Martorell, and go 50 feet right on Sant Rafael to the front door. Try the revuelto de ajos tiernos y gambas (eggs scrambled with young garlic and shrimp) or the famous cap-i-pota (stewed head and hoof of pork). Albariños and Priorats are among owner Rosa Gil's favorite wines. The dining room, lined in blue-and-yellow tiles, has an appropriately Mediterranean feel.
Apr 25, 2012
My husband and I just returned last night from a wonderful week in Barcelona, where we ate our way from one end of the city to another. We had several upscale meals and a number of tapas meals, most recommended by our Fodor's guide. Unfortunately, our sole disappointment in the city was Casa Leopoldo, and given how accurate Fodor's seems to be, I wonder how the review could have been so off. It was expensive, but that was not the problem. Our
service was brusque, impolite and very focused on getting us to purchase the most expensive, largest dishes. I'm sure we would have enjoyed the whole St. Peter's fish, which was a special, but we didn't want it because only my husband wanted fish and it was too large for one. The waitress was clearly annoyed when we declined after her strong urging. We said we weren't in a hurry (we came in at 8:30 pm), but she insisted that we order everything within 5 minutes of sitting down because she said they would be too busy later. For a 170 E meal, we were out of the restaurant in 50 minutes. In terms of the quality of the food, it was not exceptional, and I am not just equating the cost with quality. We had much tastier dishes the previous night at Cal Pep (a fun tapas place recommended by Fodor's) the night before for half the price. In particular, I ordered a salad with Ibero ham on it that was literally drowned in reduced balsamic vinegar -- it was actually inedible. When I pointed it out to the waitress when she cleared the plates, she said -- oh yes, I will tell the kitchen -- but charged us anyway, and I didn't touch it. The entire event was disheartening and left a bad taste in our mouths (so to speak). (Did I mention that the place was lit like a surgical theatre? I have never been in a restaurant with such bright lights.) But to cheer ourselves up, we had lunch at the Boqueria market the next day at the Pinocchio Tapas counter, and that was great!
Jul 25, 2011
We travelled around Spain for the past 3 weeks, eating everything from Tapas to high end restaurants. Everything has been amazing. My wife and I wanted to go out for one last nice evening in Barcelona. According to Fodor's Spain 2010 book, Casa Leopoldo got their Gold star recommendation. We walk in at about 10:00 pm on a thursday night and no one is in the first part of the restaurant, except for the lady that owns it. We get seated on the orther
side where there are 2 groups and another couple, so we feel better that some locals are eating there. We order some cocktaials while we look at the menu. My wife had a tinto verrano and I had a Rum and Cola. We order a starter and our mains, and I order a glass of Red wine to be served with my meal. Starter comes, verrrry small portion, but ok. I had ordered the King Crab, so they brought shell cutters & crackers. When they brought it, it was 2 legs of the crab already cut in half! Was tasteless and mushy, ate in 1 bite portions per half shell, and what the HECK did I need the crackers for!!?? Wifes Hake and Agler fish was actulaay very good. NEVER did get my wine! They brought desert menus, I didn't look at it, wife ordered Creme Brule and I just orfered a beer to get something they couldn't screw up......or so I thought! Her desert came and it was good, she finished it as we discussed if they forgot about my beer too!! Not that they were overly busy with 2 8 tops and 2 couples. FINALLY she came with a beer apologizing that she forgot about it. We said "No Thank you. La cuenta, por favor." Cheque comes and at least they didn't charge us for the wine or the beer. But it seems a little high. They charged us 13.80 Euros (About $20) for a Rum and Coke!!1 I call her over and said that I think she made a mistake. She says, "Sorry sir, but I don't make the prices." !!! What!!?? I say, "NO one makes a price like that!!" Sha again says sorry, that's the price!! LOL. I pull out my wallet and say to my wife, "Lets get out of here this is ridiculous." She says, "one moment." Takes the cheque and comes back with the drink taken off. Pay it and leave EXTREMELY dissapointed in the restaurant. The one and ONLY bad dining experience in 21 days!!! Clinton Tindall