Just off the Rambla, between Ferran and Boqueria streets, you’ll come across Quintana street. A building halfway down the street has ever since 1786 been home to this restaurant that has stood the test of time thanks to a very simple formula: traditional cuisine popular with all diners, excellent customer service and very good value for money.
This is the oldest restaurant in Catalonia, according to the Guinness Book of Records, and the second oldest in the whole of Spain. Since 1958, it has been run by the Agut-Manubens family.
“(…) Those tables were long and could seat more or less ten people around them. The waiter would be getting busier and busier, and he’d be about to load up his tray and see that the nickel pot earmarked for clean teaspoons (‘culleretes’ in Catalan) was empty again. Then he’d shout over to the girls doing the dishes, “More teaspoons, if you please, girls!” And this would be heard over and over again. The ditty soon caught on and ended up giving rise to the popular expression: “Let’s go to Can Culleretes”.
Lluis Permanyer, journalist.
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