Of the places in Barcelona , this one had the most refined atmosphere, quickly filling with chic Catalonian women and businessmen at lunch time. Both Can Culleretes and CA felt like a locals spot, but CA is quieter and a little more upscale in its ambiance. Taking a cue from our belly busting Menu del Dia at CC the day before, we decided to order a la carte, both to save room for dinner and to try some of their recommended dishes. We started with a really yummy Cafe Academia salad (as delicious as Spanish/Catalan food is, we were really missing the vegetable food group). What was on this delicious bed of endives, olives and tomatoes? A very large chunk of tuna, of course! This power protein salad was then followed by the duck confit with poached orange sauce and the grilled botifarra (Catalonian sausage). The duck was excellent—the meat was very flavorful and moist and contrasted nicely with the mildly tart orange sauce. I also really like the layers of cheesey potato that came as a side.
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