By
Ariana Díaz Celma

This is what happens when you live in Barcelona, ​​when you least expect it, the city gives you surprises in the most inhospitable places. This is the case of the Zona Franca, an area which isn’t, a priori, a foodie friendly place. But it’s in the middle of one of the less fortunate landscapes of Barcelona where one find one of its best restaurants. Few square meters and plenty of tables that don’t respect the minimum distance between tables are the scenario for La Granja’s many and faithful guests to try its market cuisine. Established in 1974, La Granja Elena serves delicious dishes at capricious times. They open at 07:00 to serve fork breakfasts and close right after the last guest has finished lunch.

Established in 1974, La Granja Elena serves delicious dishes at capricious times

This legendary place was opened as a bar and delicatessen shop by Olga and her faithful sister Carmen, the kitchen is run by Carmen’s son, Borja. He is responsible for La Granja’s special and coveted food. Now his siblings Guillermo and Patricia have also joined him.

The day starts with lunch, served until 1:00pm. Dishes here are for trained stomachs: fried eggs with potatoes and black truffle, ‘cap i pota’ with ratatouille, Madrid-style tripe or beef sirloin tartar. After 1pm, the menu changes completely to include exquisite dishes whose quality has spread via word of mouth among the most experienced palates. To give you the idea, you can start with carn d’olla croquettes (they are served in many places but not all of them as delicious as in here), extra Cecina with Idiazabal cheese shavings, Calaf eggs with black truffle or an amazing tomato tartare with scallop sashimi and emulsion (sounds good but tastes even better).
Then you can have some classics including fish cheeks al pil pil, tuna steak with peppers and onion confit or prawn tartar and fish with virgin oil and pistachio. The most carnivores also have the chance to have a good meal at Granja Elena by ordering a second course: pork trotters with mushroom fricassee and prawn carpaccio, whole roasted foie gras with celery cream and truffle fumet or sirloin steak with foie gras and Port sauce.


Although after all this it’s hard to make room for dessert, we recommend you not to leave the ship until you have tried their brioche toast with meringue and cinnamon ice cream or their crispy pistachio tube with mel i mató mousse. Eating at the La Granja Elena is about 40 euros, always depending on your choice of wine. We strongly recommend you to make a reservation, or else you it’ll be very difficult to get a table. Forewarned is forearmed.




  • Timetable: M-F 07:00-16:00 ı S 07:00-13:00 ı S Closed
  • Phone: (+34) 93 332 02 41
  • Type: Restaurant
  • Website: http://www.granjaelena.com/