Placa Emili Vendrell 1
(off carrer Joaquin Costa)
A vegetarian restaurant with plenty of stuff for vegans, featuring organic ingredients (where possible) in the warm heart of the city of Barcelona is always a welcome addition.
In fact, there are now two Vegetalias to choose from. The flagship branch is in Carrer Escudellers and looks onto the trendy Placa George Orwell in the Gothic Quarter, moments from Placa Reial. And the newly opened Raval branch (which also features a lovely terrace on which to enjoy your vegan dishes) located amidst the hustle and bustle of the equally trendy carrer Joaquin Costa.
There is a standard menu to choose from or a menu del dia (menu of the day) at lunch time, which consists of three courses plus water and costs just over €10.
Vegetalia offers a good choice of entrées, main dishes and desserts – all of which are reasonably priced. Some of it is quite fast-foody, such as vegetarian burgers, tempeh kebabs, and a multitude of things made from seitan. The burgers are nice, juicy and a little chewy, which is not always the case with vegetarian burgers.
Starters present themselves in the guise of hummus with hot slices of pitta bread, plus there are ample salads and rice dishes.
For those who crave sweetness there are some really tasty vegan brownies, ice cream and a succulent banana cake to drool over.
To drink or not to drink?
Vegetarians and vegans can rinse down their food of choice with organic wine or beer, whereas those who would opt out on the alcohol can go for a more modest herbal infusion.
Both branches have terraces for the warmer months which let’s face it, is most of them in Barcelona and means they get a four-paws-up as far as dogs are concerned. True enough, my dog generally prefers his burgers more on the meaty side.
Vegetalia is not an upmarket restaurant, the décor is fairly simple and the clientele is fashionably bohemian. Expect tattoos, piercings and ill-fitting trousers in floaty fabrics.
The service here is good and the staff genuinely seem to enjoy serving you – which is quite remarkable when you are used to a typically abrupt Spanish service elsewhere in the city.
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There is nothing not to like about this establishment, well, maybe the name, that sounds a bit like genitalia.
Good bang for your buck, very pleasant surroundings, outdoor space, completely dog and vegan friendly, plenty of choices and open for breakfast, lunch and dinner every day of the week.
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