I was so excited to get a reservation here after reading all the reviews but ended up being so disappointed, particularly by the food (which is obviously the most important thing!).
Firstly, they wouldn't answer their phone for most of the day so it was hard to get a reservation. We then arrived at the time we were asked to, and were asked to wait ten minutes in the super-crowded waiting area. We squeezed in where we could, then rudely got told to move out of the way by a male staff member whose irritation escaped through his eye roll. The attitude was completely unnecessary and unprofessional.
Ten minutes turned into twenty which turned into thirty, and we still weren't seated. And, by now, we were hungry. Luckily the place is gorgeous to look at, so we enjoyed that whilst waiting.
When finally seated, we chose our meals. I began with a croquette, and although the menu clearly allows you to order one, the waitress struggled to fathom that I wanted one. So I had to explain (in Spanish) it three times and point before she agreed to let me have my one. Luckily, it was absolutely amazing when it came out- sooooo tasty my eyes nearly rolled back in my head.
But, on the awkward side of life, the waitress who had brought it out was clearly meant to have waited until all our meals were ready, as the main waitress nearly yelled at her as she was putting it on our table and then berated her over the top of our heads for about a minute. So uncomfortable, and, again, unprofessional.
We then got our meals. I had a new pasta dish, which was opulently described as being rich with tomatoes and onions and aioli and being roasted in a paella pan. It sounded delicious.
When it came out, however, it turned out to be a pan of over-salted, broken up pieces of spaghetti. That's it. No vegetables, nothing. Just spaghetti and salt, topped with five tiny squeezes of aioli. It has obviously been cooked in something reasonably flavoursome, but the flavour was killed by the salt and there was nothing except pasta and more pasta to eat. I would've killed for a roast tomato or some onion pieces or something green and fresh to be in there. And less salt. I couldn't even finish it- I got halfway- because it was that bad. And I NEVER stop eating food!
The saltiness wasn't aided by the fact that we were refused tap water by being laughed at when we asked for some. We were then sold a bottle of water- 500ml for €2!!- and although we clarified one, not two, we got two. So paid €4 for water.
My friends had the Tofu Salmon, which was effectively a small slab of tofu that had been cooked well and topped with a single asparagus, and the Lasagne, which was tasty but also small. The portions couldn't be considered filling, that was for sure.
I figured dessert had to better, as it sounded amazing in the menu, but I was unfortunately wrong. I ordered a cake with caramelised pears and white chocolate fudge, and out came a rough carrot-type cake with no caramelised pears in sight and the thinnest, tiniest icing that was the white chocolate fudge. We struggled through it, disappointed by the lack of- well, everything.
My friends had ordered the chocolate cake, which was much better but still not great. Although it was lovely and rich, and the flavour was great and the ganache was thick and creamy, it was gluten-free and you could tell they'd used some weird flour in the ganache as it had a slightly sandy texture. It's not that hard to make a rich, creamy, chocolate icing without anything gritty- in fact, just the night before I'd had a life-changing truffle at a local market for €1, and that was made from just cacao, olive oil, and brown sugar. Super smooth, super rich, and much better than this expensive and purportedly amazing restaurant.
So, overall, a very disappointing experience that cost us €54 for three small meals. I would absolutely recommend going elsewhere in Barcelona if you can. There's a gorgeous Hummus bar (Hummus Barcelona) about twelve minutes' walk away that had no waiting lines, the loveliest staff I've ever met, huge and well-priced portions, and food (not just Hummus) so tasty I nearly fainted with joy. So I'd highly recommend skipping the crowds and the mediocre food and heading somewhere less famous that actually delivers on the good food side.
Cons: Bad food, descriptions on the menu more appetising, overpriced, unprofessional staff, epic waiting time