C/ Pintor Fortuny, 32
13hrs – 16hrs (Monday to Thursday)
21hrs-23hrs (Friday and Saturday)
Here you can have a menu-del-dia (menu of the day) for around €10 per person. This includes a trip to the very fresh and crispy salad buffet bar (couscous, lettuce, tomatoes, potato salad, olives, celery, dressings) or a soup such as creamed vegetables. This is followed by a choice of three main dishes such as bulgar wheat with vegetables, a succulent looking vegetarian burger with caramelised onions, spinach lasagne and basmati rice and curry. And of course, you have a choice of three desserts to pick from.
The menu-del-noche (evening menu) costs €14.95 per person and offers the same selection without the salad buffet. The same goes for the weekend menu.
If you order from la carta (the menu – not to be confused with the menu del dia) you can choose from a range of starters such as smoked tofu, olive and caramelized onion croquettes, patatas bravas (try not to act too surprised), and chips and dips (with guacamole, pesto dip and hummus).
For the main course, there is a rocket and tomato salad or an autumn salad with apple and dried fruit. In addition to salads there is a vegan rice noodle and Japanese-style coconut curry dish, three types of vegan burger made from tofu, seitan with a choice of sauces.
When it comes to desserts, they haven’t forgotten about us vegans either. There are three vegan options (out of 5) such as: chocolate coulant made with 70% cocoa powder, coconut pannacotta with mango coulis, and a pistachio and strawberry vegan cheesecake.
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Compared to some vegetarian restaurants in Barcelona the food here was creative and fresh and offered a big choice of great veggy and vegan-friendly options. In fact, the vegan options are more creative (and tasty) than in most vegan and veggy restaurants I’ve tried in Barcelona. And I’m a food whore, so I’ve tried them all. Twice.
The restaurant’s ambience is pretty cosy with dimmed lighting and bright orange walls. The atmosphere is relaxed and unpretentious. This would be the perfect spot for a late-night romantic tryst with a tall, handsome vegan. Actually, any time of the day or night is a good time for a romantic tryst with a tall, handsome vegan.
L’Hortet can get exceptionally busy due to the good quality of the food and it’s central and trendy location, but that’s a good thing, really.
Great vegan place – the menu is clearly marked with what you can or can’t eat depending on your food philosophy and the staff is eager to help you with anything. This is the kind of restaurant I’d happily go back to again and again. Good marks for portion size, quality of food, ambience and price.
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To find L’Hortet from La Rambla if approaching form Placa Catalunya, carrer del Pintor Fortuny is on the right-hand side. Once on Pintor Fortuny, the restaurant is on your right again. Less than five minutes walk from Placa Catalunya.
Carrer Pintor Fortuny is also home to Psaging organic food, supplements and beauty shop, and the lovely café Olivia which would make a perfect stop for a post-prandial tea or two.
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