Respond to Review of Bar Ecologico Gaia
Review: Cute place, not too far a walk from the Cathedral and the Alcázar. We went here for lunch with a Spanish friend, which was good as the waiter didn't seem able to speak English. We each selected from the menu del dia, which included an appetizer, a main, a dessert, and a glass of wine. Can't remember how much it was each. Maybe 10 Euros? Not a bad price for what we got. I had a nice blended vegetable soup, the others each had a trio of hummus with fresh bread. I had pasta for my main and we each had a chocolate cake for dessert, which tasted quite nice because it was a dryish cake half-covered with a moist, delicious chocolate pudding, a good combo. Everything we ate was vegan; I'd say at least 75% of the menu is vegan. Service lagged a little; there was just one waiter and one cook, and lunch business was fairly bustling with locals. It's true, though - they love to sprinkle sesame seeds on EVERYTHING, from soups to salads to mains to even the chocolate cake! We didn't mind; in fact, we found it kind of endearing and frankly hilarious. We joked that they must have ordered a pound of it and received a ton, and are just trying to get rid of it all! :) But if you have an issue with sesame seeds for some reason, let them know. All in all, a decent place, and obviously in Seville one's vegan dining options are rather limited, so you'd be foolish to skip Gaia just because it isn't 100% perfect. It's fine, you'll have a nice meal.
Posted by forcor on Friday, October 11, 2013
Truth is, I ALWAYS work hard to get a handle on the local language when visiting a foreign country. In fact I actually studied Spanish for two years as an adult, specifically so I could get by more easily in Spain, as I visit the country every 3-4 years. (It's also useful in my native Los Angeles.)
I can get by all right - much better than just a tourist with a phrasebook. But you know what? In Spain they speak pretty damn fast. And unless you're nearly fluent, it can be hard to successfully communicate with a busy waiter who doesn't know any English. I tell you, at this restaurant I sure liked having my Spanish friend with us to do all the talking!
Some non-bilingual travelers appreciate a little head's up about this stuff, that's why I point it out.
Posted by Joanna Dubois on Sunday, July 28, 2013