A warm welcome and an utter lack of design charm await you at Randa, the six-year-old halal restaurant across from the Consulado General del Reino de Marruecos. Mohamed, the owner, has been in Barcelona for 28 years, has run restaurants in Sants and Barceloneta, speaks castellano smooth like smen, and will serve you a savory lunch menu at a very fair price. For 8,50€ choose from four starters (the harira = quite good and the crema de guisantes = better) and four mains off a one-page, laminated menu. You’ll get olives to start, a huge basket of bread, a drink and café o postre. Both the beef and chicken tajins were excellent; the meat caerse-del-hueso tender. Finish up with a fresh mint tea brought to you by Mohamed’s engaging and patient colleague, happy to educate on Morrocan traditions. Early risers can go and try harsha, a pan-fried semolina flatbread or the msemen (called rifa in the north) another flatbread served with butter or olive oil and honey and cheese.
Where: C/ Diputació, 47
When: Monday – Saturday: 7-19:30h // Closed Sunday
Web: Dream on, bombón.