When we visited Barcelona in 2013, we discovered a small local chain of marisquerías (fish shops) called La Paradeta. Since then we have been back many times and we have introduced many friends — including professional chefs — to the establishment to their great delight.
At first glance, upon entering, you think you have entered a fishmonger’s stall at the market. There in front of you, spread out in a cooler case on ice is a large assortment of fresh fishes of all sorts, and many shellfishes as well.
You choose the fishes you want, they sell them to you by the pound, but then they take them back to the kitchen and cook them the way they are supposed to be cooked. You might be asked to choose between two different traditional preparations — for example, grilled or fried — but beyond that they are simply cooked the way they are supposed to be.