CLOSED: La Bascula

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    ( 13 reviews )



Calle Flassaders 30 (at Carrer de la Princesa, near Metro L4 Jaume I), Barcelona, Spain, 08003

Serves meat, vegan options available. All veg except for fish (tuna). Based in a former chocolate factory. Serving hot and cold drinks, soups, tapas, and main dishes with vegan choices. Very informal and casual. Wi-fi access and plenty of reading material. Please note that the Facebook page incorrectly states they are a vegan and vegetarian restaurant. Confirmed closed, Oct 2017.

Categories: Vegan-friendly, Lacto, Beer/Wine, Spanish, Non-veg

13 Reviews

First Review by dagny70


This was a fairly nice place to stop in for lunch/dinner, but its been closed for about 4 months now.

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Really good food! - Edit

Food was great! Inside it was really cozy and dark, very rustic and laid back. I got a hot sandwich with seitan and green beans. The sandwich was really, really tasty - looking at it you wouldn't know how good it really was. If I ever come back to Barcelona (and La Bascula have the same menu) I really want to try the burger - the person on the table next to us had it and it looked amazing. Staff was friendly.

Only con is that I would like more seating that weren't bar stools. BUT there might have been more seating in the back behind the bar, that I missed?

Would love to see this place go completely vegetarian or vegan!

Pros: Great food, Friendly staff, Cozy athmosphere

Cons: Mainly bar stools

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Good food but pricy - Edit

The food is pricy and served on plastic plates with plastic cutlery... The atmosphere is friendly but the chairs and tables is damaged and repaired with duct tape... But otherwise the food tastes good and the servings was enough to fill us up, really so definitely worth a visit but don't have huge expectations.

Pros: taste, large servings

Cons: pricy, damage furniture, served on plastic plates

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Nice atmosphere - Edit

This is a restaurant that looks more like a cafeteria, but has really nice ambient and it's cool to stay for a while there.

The restaurant is vegetarian with several vegan options. Food is tasty, might not be the best but worth to try.

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Lovely food, relaxed atmosphere - Edit

The guy was friendly and relaxed and the food was delicious! Vegan burger with tofu mayonnaise = yum! Decor and atmosphere is vibrant and mostly recycled... A lovely sanctuary from the bustling streets.

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La Bascula – a charming place with not so charming - Edit

I was there just on the 12th of August so I don't think it's gone. It did not look like it would be closing any time soon but might have been hard to find

This is another restaurant I found on happy cow.

La Bascula is a restaurant located in one of my favourite parts of Barcelona – Passeo del Born. The walls are red, the lights are dimmed and the tables are made of old doors. The restaurant has defenitely the typical Barcelona charme which draws me back to this city.

When we first came in we saw signs saying ”order at the bar” so we got the menu at the bar without realizing that the actual menu was written on a huge chalkboard at the left side of the bar. I read later on that it is only possible to get the full menu behind the bar – well too late. So I chose a hot sandwich with seitan and a cherry – chocolate cake. The sandwich was ok, I definitely had nicer sandwiches before. The only vegan cake available was also sugar free, but sadly absolutely disgusting. It was dry and tasteless at the same time. I had one bite and could not eat more.

The food was served in paper plates with biodegradable plastic cutlery which is questionable on how environmental friendly it is. There was a few other customers in the restaurant and the portions on their plates were rather small for a high price.

All together the food is overprized and sadly the cake was a real dissapointment. I would not recommend this place for anyone visiting Barcelona, there is lots of other beautiful vegetarian restaurants in the area.

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Seems to be gone - Edit

There's a different restaurant in the same location with another name. Seems the owner changed. New restaurant has no signs of vegetarian or vegan food

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high cost for what it is - Edit

The taste is ok, but i considered it a little high in costa and they werent really complicated dishes.
Though i do recommend it, maybe its what you're looking for ;)

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ok for a quick bite - Edit

My omni boyfriend and I went here for a quick dinner. We didn't realise that there was a full menu as there were about ten options written up on a chalkboard and a menu wasn't given to us. You have to ask behind the counter to get the full menu, which we realised later. You also order at the bar.
We ordered off the specials board a rice noodle stirfry and a curry served with cous cous. The food was served in paper plates with biodegradable plastic cutlery. The stirfry was tasty but lacked any protein source and I was still hungry afterwards. The curry came with large chunks of veggies but was fairly bland. The food was certainly passable, but nothing special. My boyfriend got a housemade lemonade with mint which was tasty but again, served in a plastic cup. Our meals were about 9 euros each, which seemed a bit expensive for what they were.
Since I was still hungry I looked at the full menu but found only one or two vegan options. I was also a bit weirded out to notice there was salmon (though apparently no other fish or meat) on the menu.
I would eat here again if I was in the area and needed a quick bite, but I wouldn't seek it out.
Updated from previous review on Saturday June 22, 2013

Cons: serves salmon

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Little Jewel - Edit

A splendid rustic little place in a magnificent part of town. Set on a narrow street in a former chocolate factory, dimly lit with an old fashioned interior. Tables are simply old wooden doors raised on legs with high chairs. They serve a soup of the day which is usually vegan but it's a bit pricey at €5. All food and drinks are served in paper cartons, cup and plates and they use plastic cutlery. This obviously saves on the washing up but is it environmentally friendly? There could be good cases for both arguments. We didn't have main courses but they looked very good with good vegan choice. There is also a large range of teas and infusions and decent coffee. I'd certainly like to go back for an evening meal to make a more infomed opinion of the place. It's certainly somewhere you could spend an afternoon reading a book, surfing the net on the free wi-fi whilst supping a few hot drinks and just relaxing.

Pros: lighting, ambience

Cons: expensive, rickety chairs

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Cosy quirky vegan food in Barcelona. - Edit

La Bascula is a lovely little vegetarian cooperative run cafe with a quirky and fun old interior that is typical of Barcelona: red walls; the lighting is low; the table tops are doors; and there are chairs stuck to the walls. That is so Barcelona. And lots of big windows.

See pics and read more about La Bascula here:

Pros: dog friendly, wi fi, Atmosphere

Cons: bad hot chocolate

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Perfect little neighborhood spot! - Edit

An adorable little spot on Carrer dels Flasseders, #30 in Passeo del Born (apparently, the SoHo of Barcelona - which I may differ with). Maia, the manager there, is very welcoming and speaks great English and is willing to help with menu suggestions. She was so welcoming that she reminded/warned us that we have to be careful in Barcelona and particularly, in Born for a "pregnant" older woman who asks for money while she's taking yours. We were appreciate of the wisdom and on the lookout while we still thoroughly enjoyed the laid back atmosphere here and the food (very casual, shorts, bikes, flip flops, any outfit and anyone but that pregnant lady thief, of course, welcome there). For a vegan like me to travel out of my vegan comfort zone in the US, I am extremely happy with my first choice in Barcelona for dinner. To top it all off, La Bascula offers "take away" and Maia had just finished preparing the raw vegan dark chocolate cake; so, how could I resist a slice of Vegan Barca Heaven on the way out? That should go well with a cava to end the evening, right?!

Highly recommend this little nook of a vegan place. Maia is a delight and seriously, a chill spot that reminds me of living in Park Slope.

Pros: Delish, Casual, At Home

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Great Food - Edit

We had a great meal here on our last evening in Barcelona. Interior is very basic - old doors form communal dining tables and it's all a bit dingy, but perhaps this is part of its charm. The server did warn me to keep a close eye on my handbag, and there were several posters dotted around saying the same thing - but I think you just need to apply some common sense and street smarts. The menu was pretty substantial plus there were several daily specials (and there is an English/Spanish dictionary at the back of the menu to help you figure it out). In the end I had zucchini & tofu with lentils and basmati rice and my partner had aubergine escalopes with rice & salad, plus we had 2 coffees, all for 20 euro. I thought the paper plates and plastic cutlery was a bit weird and not environmentally friendly, but the food was delicious and it was right in the heart of the city. Bueno!

Pros: Great food, Good Value, Good location

Cons: Disposable plates?

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