La Rosa del Raval: Reasonably priced Mexican food in colourful and unusual surroundings

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Want to try Mexican specialities in a friendly setting without breaking the bank? Rosa del Raval is exactly what you're looking for!

Fajitas Rosa del Raval
Where?

Carrer dels Angels 6
metro: Liceu (L3)
Raval

When?

friday and saturday: 1pm to 1:30am
sunday to thursday: 1pm to 12:30am
sunday: brunch from 10am to 3pm

How much?

from 5 euros

Why?

for south american specialties

La Rosa del Raval is an unusualy decorated Mexican restaurant offering reasonably priced, simple, tasty food.

La Rosa del Raval’s decor

La Rosa del Raval is a sort of Latino kitsch temple, but even though the Mexican identity of the restaurant is clearly established it is still unmistakably a Barcelona restaurant. The result is coherent, modern and pleasant.

This makes La Rosa del Raval a unique and fun place that seems to be somewhere between Cancun and Barcelona, which is a pretty nice mix.

Atmosphere at La Rosa del Raval

All the tables here are lively with conversations and laughter, and the atmosphere is very relaxed and friendly.

Rosa del Raval dining room

The restaurant is very popular so we advise you to get there early to eat, as this will prevent you having to wait for a free table. Although if that should happen you should definitely have a drink at the bar while you wait.

La Rosa del Raval menu

The good news for those on small budgets is that the starter or main course prices range between 5 and 10 euros.

Starters

Although the decor might be Barcelona-Mexico, the food is 100% Mexican.

As a starter you can try nachos with guacamole, stuffed peppers with melted cheese or even a ceviche (fish cooked in lime juice) with mango, ginger and avocado.

And if you’re not the adventurous type you can still feast on the ample chicken or pawn salads.

Main courses

Next you will mainly choose from a range of tortilla dishes.

Quesadillas Rosa del Raval

For those with a large appetite there are enchiladas, preferable to the burritos, served well but a little dry.

Smaller stomachs will love the quesadillas, little cornflour pancakes with meat and cheese. I advise you to go for the one with pineapple-marinaded chicken (the quesadillas gringas), it’s a winner!

And if you appreciate a rich, fragrant and tasty dish, go for the fajitas of beef, chicken or prawns. Served on a sizzling hot plate, the aroma alone will make your mouth water.

Desserts

For dessert, La Rosa del Raval offers a chocolate fondant cake, a dulce de leche pancake, and a white chocolate pistachio mousse.

A sweet end to your meal should cost you around 5 or 6 euros.

Rosa del Raval dessert

Mojitos and margaritas

One of the attractions of La Rosa del Raval is in the mojitos and margaritas for 3.50 euros.

Although they’re not made exclusively from fresh ingredients, I always enjoy them, particularly the summer fruits mojito, which goes great with the quesadillas gringas!

If you want to check out the competition’s mojitos you should try the ones at Rabipelao bar.

On everything La Rosa del Raval wins.

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Pauline

Pauline loves books, food and new discoveries. For her articles, she loves finding original and authentic places which are a treat for both the eyes and the tastebuds. Her favourite thing to do in Barcelona? Getting lost in the Old Town and soaking up its unique atmosphere... whilst enjoying the appetising smells emerging from restaurant kitchens! Is there anything better than that?