Fodor's Expert Review El Asador de Aranda

$$$ Tibidabo Spanish Fodor's Choice

It's a hike to get to this immense palace a few minutes' walk above the Avenida Tibidabo train station—but it's worth it. The kitchen, featuring a vast, wood-fired clay oven, specializes in Castilian cooking, with cordero lechal (roast suckling lamb), morcilla (black sausage), and pimientos de piquillo as star players. The Art Nouveau details here—carved-wood trim, stained-glass partitions, engraved glass, Moorish archways, and terracotta floors—belie the fact that this extravagantly beautiful building, known as El Frare Blanc (the White Monk), was originally a monastery. Outdoor tables offer a pleasant alfresco option, and the roof terrace has views over the city to enjoy as you sip a coffee or cocktail. Other branches of the same chain across the city offer similar fare in less spectacular surroundings.

Spanish Historical Lively Prix-Fixe Lunch Dinner Fodor's Choice Family $$$

Quick Facts

Av. del Tibidabo 31
Barcelona, Catalonia  08022, Spain


Known For:
  • Beautiful Art Nouveau setting
  • Excellent roasted lamb
  • Spectacular city views from terrace

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