Hugo worked a similar trade in Portugal before different winds swept him towards Barcelona, and surely not on a caravel. Approximately eight years later (and seven of them based in Sant Antoni), the time was right and he took his leap, bringing a taste of your cod-filled Iberian neighbor to Parlament’s neighbor carrer Manso sandwiched amongst car dealerships and CAPs. He’s done well to preserve some of the old shelving, labels and tags from the auto parts shop that preceded him (open the drawers on the unit at the front right), a choice that seems in keeping with his character; tranquil, modest, patient, kind and sincere (at least after a few visits).
First and foremost, Caravela is a Portuguese wine shop, and features some reservas that will surprise with respect to flavor and price alike. Same goes for the whites. And gods bless a generous pour, for we will forever return the favor with faithful patronage. Beyond the wine, however, Hugo hosts carefully chosen conservas, patés, some fine cheeses, and a couple of aces up his sleeve. A chouriço is flame grilled in a ceramic dish in front of your face with an astounding simplicity and grace (€5.50). You order a cod (of course!) and garbanzo salad and they start slicing red onion then and there (€2.50). The bar mimics the man – funny how that happens.