Hungry, tired and in no mood to cook, we decided to walk aimlessly through the Xerea neighborhood of the old town, hunting down a restaurant for a quick, cheap lunch.
And, boy, did we stumble onto a great one. Walking up C/ Venerables, we followed the merry sounds of plates clinking and chattering voices, and wound up at Palau 11 — an excellent, exceedingly affordable restaurant with outdoor seating, tucked just off Plaza Mossen Milá.
It was the perfect menú del día — €8.50 got us 2 plates, desert, bread and wine (coffee was extra). The atmosphere was pleasantly crowded and clamorous, and we had to move quickly to snatch away the last outdoor table from a slower, elderly gentleman (apologies!)
The food was great, I had turkey with a rich sauce, and a perfect, textbook paella. Juergen feasted on canalones and veal. They gave us a whole bottle of wine with the meal, which instantly won Palau 11 a place in our hearts, even if the food hadn’t been wonderful.
So if you’re in the mood for a simple, nicely prepared, affordable meal in the middle of the city, you’ll have a hard time finding something better than Palau 11.