Casa Leopoldo has for long been a meeting place for Barcelona’s literary scene, despite (or because) being surrounded until the opening of the new Rrambla del Raval by some of the city’s worse slums. It is famous for its tertulias (discussions) fueled by esquisite food, and decorated with bullfighting motifs, de rigeur when the restaurant opened its doors for the 1929 Universal Exhibition. This was the favourite restaurant Carvallo, Manuel Vazquez Montalbán’s Barcelonan ex-Marxist sleuth, whose choice dish was mandonguilles amb sípia (meatballs and sepia), and fellow author, Maruja Torres. Both Montalban and Torres were born nearby, also in El Raval.
Not cheap, though they do have a basic menu without drinks for 25 euros.
See also another Raval restaurant with a literary history: Can Lluís
934 413 014
Places in El Raval