Cabrils - Explore Destapa't in a Cosy Gastro Town
Who would have known that so close to Barcelona you could find such a gastronomic gem that is Cabrils? I visited the town a few weeks ago and was left awestruck with all the options that are available and with the cosiness of the place. And the quality of the food, mind-blowing! I honestly can’t wait to visit again, and I’m even considering celebrating my birthday here.
Now 5 different restaurants in Cabrils have joined forces for the 6th Ruta Gastronómica Destapa’t de Cabrils, together with Ajuntament de Cabrils, Font Vella and Inedit Damm. Every establishment has created a signature tapa as an aperitif. The idea is not to do a typical tapas-crawl, but to get to know the specialties of each restaurant and enjoy what they have to offer. This is why the event is going on until March 3rd 2019. The proceeds from this goes to a good cause, the Casal dels Infants that works with marginalised kids and teenagers since more than 35 years.
Cabrils is wonderful in summer, but during winter it also has a very special charm with its village feeling and pretty, old buildings. There are things here you can’t find in the city, and an atmosphere that is very unique. It also has a specific microclimate that makes sure you can prolong the terrace season for much longer than Barcelona, and I was told you can enjoy sitting outside already in March here!
Anyway, let’s deep dive into the places we visited, let yourself be inspired for a getaway from the city!
Ca l’Estrany - This gorgeous old country house draws visitors from near and far, both for a drink in their cosy terrace, a lunch or dinner or for celebrations such as weddings and anniversaries. I was told they are fully booked for events until end of 2019! And I’m not surprised, this place has so much charm. We spoke with the one of the owners who told us she loves to fish and spends a lot of time out on the sea, and at the entrance there were plenty of photos of the fish she had caught, mixed with photos of the celebrities that have visited. Right by the entrance there were big tanks with fish and seafood, they don’t come much fresher than this..! The tapa here is salmon nigiri and an Arenys tuna maki, so fresh they melted in my mouth. Afterwards we had an opportunity to sneak a peek in the kitchen, where pots of stews where bubbling away for hours. Go here for a comforting rice dish or fresh seafood with your partner or family. Ca l’Estrany is also included in the Michelin guide.
Sal I Pebre - It might look humble from the outside, but wait until you see the dishes. A modern take on seasonal ingredients is the focus here, and the presentation is aligned with this. The restaurant gets packed at lunch time, their “menu del día” is excellent value for money. When weather permits make sure you get a seat on the terrace, with privacy provided by surrounding trees. The tapa here is a tasty artichoke filled with cheese and prawns (good luck with just having one, they are very tasty..!).
L´Hort - I got a bit weak in the knees when we arrived here. It has a privileged location in the town, with lots of orange trees in the garden. L’Hort consists of a few historical buildings that together form a complex of restaurants and event spaces. I would have loved to celebrate my wedding here, if only I would have known..! La Pizzeria de l’Hort is famous for its pizzas, and the space is so stunning with different cosy rooms. They also have certified gluten-free pizzas for all of you who are gluten intolerant! The atmosphere is very special, everything is so well preserved.
In the building next door you can find Tempo restaurant, a modern take on gastro tapas as they call them. The tapa we had in Tempo was a potato filled with “chistorra” and topped with a fried quail egg. I’m a huge “chistorra” fan and I LOVED it! I really like the decoration here and, again, the feeling the old structures add. They have a gorgeous dining room upstairs (perfect for an event or a wedding) and another private room downstairs for events. One floor down there is a lounge club called Downtempo. This space can also be rented for celebrations.
Make sure you check out the spiral staircase at the entrance, very instagrammable..! Outside there is a gorgeous patio filled with orange trees, when we were there they were filled with oranges. I can only imagine what it will be like when they blossom (I love the smell of orange blossoms).
L’Hostal de la Plaça - The next stop on our route was Hostal Cabrils. Where do I begin..? This restaurant and bed & breakfast has been in the family for generations, and it will charm your pants off. The restaurant is divided into many different rooms, all preserving it’s antique charm. I particularly loved the room that used to host the restaurant kitchen, there are still shelves filled with old pots and pans in one corner. I was also taken aback by the cute rooms that used to belong to the great-grandmother of the family, and that now have been turned into cosy private dining rooms.
The terrace dining rooms (one downstairs and another one upstairs) have gorgeous views over the village, and they have glass windows so you can sit there almost all year round. We had their signature tapa, a potato filled with “botifarra de perol” with a reduction of “vino rancio” and thyme. The menu looked very good with tasty rice dishes and fresh seafood. They also have tremendously charming rooms you can book if you would like to stay for a night or two.
Can Rin - Our last stop on the route was Can Rin, also a beautiful historical building delicately restored to a bar and restaurant. Downstairs the air is modern and with views over the inviting terrace, and upstairs there is a vintage flair to the stunning dining rooms, all of them with a different theme. In the summer there are regularly live music concerts that bring visitors from near and far and create a very unique atmosphere.
At Can Rin the tapa is a bluefin tuna with asparagus and a smokey vinegar, beautifully presented and very recommendable. The menu has an attractive Asian touch to its local dishes and ingredients, I loved every single thing we tried and found the concept very unique and interesting. The vegetables come from their own garden that they share with Hostal de la Plaça, it doesn’t get more local than that! If you are around on a Thursday make sure to drop by Can Rin, where locals come to meet with friends and to enjoy the pinchos that are served in the evening.
All of the restaurants we visited and that participate in Destapa’t are part of the Associació d’Hostalers de Cabrils, and in addition to the ones above it’s also worth mentioning La Mossegada, La Concordia and Hotel Mas de Baix Cabrils, all of them with their own unique charm.
Cabrils is located in Maresme, and you can reach it by car in about 30 minutes, and by train it’s almost equally as painless: take the train from Plaça Catalunya to Vilassar de Mar (37 minutes) and the bus from Vilassar de Mar (13 minutes). DesTAPA’T takes place until March 3rd 2019.
This post has been made in collaboration with Associacio d’Hostalers de Cabrils, however the review fully represents the views of Barcelona Food Experience.