Bodega La Puntual - Quality Ingredients, Quality Dishes
Bodega La Puntual in the Born neighborhood has turned into quite a reference when it comes to traditional, authentic restaurants in Barcelona. The restaurant belongs to a small chain of restaurants called Grupo Varela, all of them with their own personality and charm.
The owner, José Varela, has a background as a chef, but he has left it behind some time ago in order to manage his businesses and to stay true to his concept of only focusing on the best ingredients.
This is why Bodega La Puntual really stands out: they don’t compromise on quality. The ham is the best one, the anchovies, the wines and sparkling wines, and much more. The menu consists of classics from around the region, seasonal dishes, and a few surprises.
We followed the recommendations of the staff and started off with anchovies. These are not any anchovies, they are the famous, hand-cleaned ones from the classic eL Xampanyet next door. We also opted for some chorizo (Chorizo Ibérico “Joselito”) I am a huge fan of chorizo..!), together with tomato bread, because those two go hand in hand.
After this, we were presented to the Trinxat de la Cerdanya, a comforting dish made with potato and cabbage, and a poached egg on top to give it added substance. Fantastic. The staff insisted we’d try their Bravas, even just half a portion, and we are delighted we did: they were outstanding, served with aioli and a very spicy sauce on the side.
Asparagus were in season during our visit, and they were served as a daily special. The asparagus were thick, white, flavorful, and served with nothing more than olive oil, salt and lime zest, and they were divine.
Then came the star of the show: the “Arroz con pluma Iberica”: a thick, flavorful rice dish that was perfect for sharing between two people. One of my favorite traditional desserts in bread with chocolate, olive oil, and salt, and of course we had to go for it. It was just as tasty as we had expected. The pineapple with honey and lime zest was also a perfect, digestive dessert.
Bodega La Puntual is frequented by both locals and visitors, and great also for groups. Right by the entrance, there is a small bar where you can have oysters and a glass of cava, or perhaps some good quality jamón. In the back, there is a larger dining room where you can sit down for a full lunch or dinner. There is plenty of history here and gives the space an added charm.
Bodega La Puntual, Carrer de Montcada 22, Barcelona (Born).