[Pigging by Wilfrid: December 29, 2017]
It's been Isidre's place for some 47 years. And Isidre has been in the business for 60. And he just won a big Catalunyan gastronomy prize (which is how I have those facts to hand). Isidre Gironès: Empresario of classic Catalunyan cuisine.
It's hard to imagine what a dark back-street in the Raval must have been like 47 years ago. When I started visiting Barcelona, in the 1980s, the neighborhood was worse than sketchy. The Carrer de les Flors is still dim and unprepossessing, but the Raval has gentrified. Cocktail bars, swish restaurants, street life all night.