Wonderful time at this cozy vegan/vegetarian oasis
Posted on 09 / 16 / 2014
My wife and I had the pleasure of enjoying a great meal here after a Sunday evening walk on the Barceloneta beach. The restaurant is located on a small side street a few blocks from the beach & it's easy to find due to a sign they had on the sidewalk at the corner at the end of the block.
The menu is very vegan friendly. The vegan fare is tapas focused but they also offer homemade veggie burgers that would probably be a meal on their own.
Since my wife and I are vegan, we didn't really get to immerse ourselves in Barcelona's extensive tapas scene but the offerings at Bar Celoneta brought us into the tapas realm.
We thoroughly enjoyed patatas with a 'Montserrat' inspired sauce, tasty mixed greens salad with walnuts, delicious grilled veggies that were full of flavor (herbs and spices) and were topped with with a great romesco sauce, circles of perfectly cooked and spiced tempeh with lime shavings and lastly, delicious, expertly cooked smoked tofu that really took on an inviting smokey flavor.
I had my first Estrella Galicia of the trip (I'm a craft beer nerd so I tried Spanish craft beers the entire trip) and my wife had a lovely Cava/Campagna/Red Vermouth drink.
The ambience of this establishment is great - cozy, comfy, there are books designed to look like flying birds hanging from the ceiling, the lighting might be a little too dark but once again, it adds to the cozy vibe.
The service was perfect. Roberto, the owner, served us promptly, checked in on us throughout the meal and made us feel like friends. We enjoyed a great conversation with him at the end of our meal and we will certainly come back here when we return to Barcelona.
great vegan food, prompt, attentive service, comfy and cozy
could use a little more lighting, no air conditioning (still not too hot)