Not sure how this place is so highly rated
Posted on 01 / 02 / 2014
I just ate here tonight, and I was pretty disappointed. It was not horrible, and I am grateful for any place in Spain that caters to vegans at all, but this place was average at a push. The salad bar was decent, and I could see it being a good option if you work nearby and want a quick lunch, but that's about as good as it gets here. I ordered the vegetable paella (one of only two vegan options) because reviewers here and a travel book raved about it. It was literally just bland rice and vegetables (like what we often get served at weddings when no one knows what to give us), and there were no sauces to help perk things up. I am not the kind of person to call food bland as I am not into salty or spicy things, so if I think it's bland, it's bad! In fact, much about this place seemed like the food was an after thought. The menu is small and had little for vegans (none of it is marked, and I was not confident the server actually knew what was/wasn't vegan). The service was slow and uncertain (very few questions received confident answers), too. The desserts, as many other reviewers rightly noted, are limited and terrible. We saw yummy-looking cakes sitting out, but we were offered only a choice of mousses (my companion is not vegan), and vegans only get to choose between apple sauce and a roasted apple. I got to pick which apple I got. I chose the one that looked least like it had been run over by a car. A roasted apple that is warm and seasoned could be bliss. A cold, mushy, tasteless apple, however, is just gross. Barcelona has a number of places that cater to veggies/vegans now, so this place needs to step it up if it hopes to compete. If you want a quick and cheap lunch, I suppose this place would be ok, but I'd rather go to Maoz if that's what I want. At least there, I know I'll be limited in options but will get good food in exchange! Vegans, definitely go elsewhere!
Relatively inexpensive, Could be a quick lunch, Salad bar is decent
Food not very good, Terrible and limited options for vegans, Lame desserts