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“Small but perfectly formed”

Petit Pau Restaurant
Ranked #76 of 10,956 Restaurants in Barcelona
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$41 - US$76
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Dining options: After-hours, Reservations
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Reviewed November 12, 2016 via mobile

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.

3  Thank TanyaTim
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Reviewed November 10, 2016 via mobile

Absolutely fantastic food and service! Well worth a metro ride outside of the main tourist areas. The food and wine were lovely, and the waiter very helpful and funny! Would 100% recommend this restaurant if you're looking to spend around 2 hours there for a nice sit down meal!

Thank Chantal V
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Reviewed November 8, 2016

As being a Norwegian couple, it appeared that we had ordered our table a bit early in the evening. The 'locals' would arrive 1 hr. later. This had the advantage that we could learn Petit Pau to know in a more relaxed way.
All dishes were Catalan food, menu was relatively small, but with interesting content.
So was the Wine List.
We both started with Scallops, which was a good choice, the scallops were perfectly done and the following wine, a Riesling from Spain was a perfect match.
My wife selected the Tuna and I went the the Lamb.
As for the scallops, the Tuna was perfectly made, and the Lamb dish was delicious.
The suggested red wines for the main courses were again a perfect match.
My dessert, the Cheese Cake, was a bit 'dry', but the taste was good.
My wife went for the Cheese Selection.
All in all, we were very satisfied with the whole visit. Pau, the owner and Marc, the chef did an excellent job in keeping up the good atmosphere.
This is absolutely a good choice for a good meal in a small restaurant, situated a bit off side from Barcelona City Center. Using taxi forth and back to our hotel was a must for us, but is was definitely worth it.

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1  Thank MarkusHC
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Reviewed October 27, 2016

This little restaurant is on an unassuming Street, 10 minutes stroll from the train station. The food is impeccable. Beautifully thoughtful dishes that sing in your mouth. Every bite was delicious, and the duck was outstanding! Definitely need to book, with only about 6 tables available. We booked the night before and luckily got a space. Total bill came to about €89 (2 people) with starters, mains, a shared dessert, 2 glasses of cava and a bottle of red. 100% worth a visit, even just for the exceptional service.

2  Thank RuthKinn
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Reviewed October 27, 2016

Amazing! Wow! This restaurant is a must. Make sure you book in plenty of time as very popular. Owned by two brothers Marc (the chef) and Pau (front of house). With only 6 tables the personal attention is incredible. Their knowledge about the food they cook and the reasons behind it is very interesting. We were recommended by a Spanish friend as to be honest probably wouldn't have stumbled across it as well hidden down a side street. We had three courses, Cava on the house and a very good bottle of red wine and it was no more than £50 per head (excellent value). By the end of the night we were just chatting about everything and anything. Just like dining with friends as Pau's English is fantastic. We will definitely be back next time in Barcelona. Thank you it made our Wedding Anniversay very special.

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Thank Julie S
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