A few weeks ago the Catalonia-based members of food website El Cuerpo De Cristo decided to get together for the first time. After short-listing a few spots, we decided on La Paradeta, a “self-service Marisqueria” behind the old Born market.
The charm of this place is twofold. On one side, the freshness of the product (they have frozen crayfish and shrimp though) keeps on bringing people back. But more importantly, the place works like a market stall (“la paradeta” means “the little stall” in catalan). You go in, there’s a huge stall-like display with all the fresh fish and seafood, you tell the waitress what you want, and how you want it cooked.
She then weighs the food, gives you a number and you pay and sit at your table. Once the food is ready, they call your table number and you have to go pick the stuff up from the kitchen pass.
There were three of us; Joaquim, Oriol, who writes the great blog Bueno Para Comer, and me, and we ordered quite a bit of food.
First were the oysters, then the fried seafood and then the grilled stuff. I won’t bore you with details, but rather give you these pictures!
La Paradeta (map)
Comercial 7, Born, Barcelona
Open Tues-Thurs 8-11:30pm; Fri 8pm-midnight; Sat 1-4pm and 8pm-midnight; Sun 1-4pm