Through lack of organisation we had been unable to go to Petit Pau the few last times we have been in Barcelona but this time to celebrate a birthday we finally made it. We have family ties in this part of Barcelona so this is our hang-out but Sants is an up and coming area and there are a number of new, cool bars around these streets just off the main drag (Carretera de Sants).
There are only 6 or so tables in this place but it does mean that the single waiter/patron and chef can take their time to look after you properly. We were offered a copa de cava on arrival - an excellent tipple. Though it was the cheapest cava on the short wine list, it was delicious all the same. In fact the wine list is short, the menu is short, the sweet trolley small but everything has been carefully selected to complement each other and the seasons' opportunities. For example a number of dishes contained mushrooms such as ceps, "trumpets of death" etc., as this is the season for them. There were three of us so we shared three starters and went our separate ways on the mains.
There were 6 starters to choose from - clams with ceps, foie gras with baked apple, scallops with fennel, Catalan squid salad, poached egg with cured beef, arros (rice dish, but not paella). Mains, also 6 in number - salt cod with spinach (pine kernels and sultanas - you'll love it!), tuna tataki with leeks and beetroot, corball (a bit like sea bass) grilled and served on sweet radish and courgette, roast beef English-ish style, duck with hazelnuts in an orange sauce on juniper berry carquinyolis (a little like biscotti), lamb confit with cheese, tomatoes and basil. Puddings were things like giant apple wonton with vanilla sauce (creme anglaise or custard), goat's cheese cake, something as chocolatey as it gets and a fantastic looking cheeseboard. I wouldn't be surprised if everything on the menu changes often, and rest assured all your food will be prepared fresh fresh fresh.
The waiter gave us a full run-down in the two languages relevant to our table, English and Catalan, and we understand he speaks at least a few more to give you the fullest of explanations of what you are choosing. As long as you can give him notice we suspect he will cater for most food needs as you'll have seen the menu did not have a vegetarian option at all. Fine by us, but if you are not meat or fish eaters then make sure you discuss at the time of booking. They are VERY accommodating. Also I think you should allow a couple of weeks' notice to get the date and time you specifically want, no doubt these two guys will be busy any time of year with locals and tourists alike. But if you haven't booked so far in advance, give it a go anyway; you most certainly will not regret it if they happen to have a table free.
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