Founded in 1892 and located on the same street corner where Salvador Puig Antich was arrested in 1973, the Betlem grocery store stopped existing as such in September 2011, when Victor Ferrer, the owners’ nephew, turned it into his gastrobar or gastronomic miscellanea, as he himself has named it.
The eclectic proposal of this chef, trained with Michelin-starred Alain Ducasse and Santi Santamaria, bets on the product and the season to offer tapas, portions, dishes and gourmet sandwiches. Victor updates traditional recipes but also creates with no fear. His daily specials –written on a board–, with evident love for stews, are very interesting.
The refurbishment of the space respected the beautiful cupboards, now filled with wine bottles, and changed the counters for bars and high tables with stools. With large windows, the red wood facade hosts a charming Parisian style terrace in which it is impossible to find a free table.
Betlem also has a small private room on the top floor with a cozy table that is reserved for groups between 4 and 10 people. It is perfect for celebrations and meetings in petit committee.