Vegetalia Barcelona restaurant review
Hola chicos y chicas!
I've just got off a plane after a few wonderful, wonderful days in Spain, visiting two lovely cities - Barcelona and Madrid.
I've been to Barcelona a good few times in the past for both work and on holiday, but never as a vegan, and I've never been to Madrid full stop. That meant that, as well as exploring the cities' art, architecture, bars and streets, I was bang up for exploring what both places would present in terms of vegan food.
My first stop was Vegetalia, a little cafe-type place not far from La Rambla, the huge pedestrianised street that's one of the best known and visited bits of Barcelona.
Vegetalia's a fairly straightforward place - the menu's a pick and mix arrangements of things like burgers, nachos, salads, soups, noodles, and desserts. It's veggie, but at least half the menu's vegan and marked as such.
I went in with my other half, and two omni friends. We kicked off with two lots of nachos between us, one vegan with guac, and one not, with cheese. Here's the vegan one I hogged (apols for crappy mobile phone picture):
As well as getting the salad I enjoyed, the 'al pan' people had more nachos in place of rice - leaving a lot of nacho-ed out people around that table! My other half also got a pot of spicy sauce with his burger (the only one of us that did), a red peppery concoction that wouldn't have got amiss on the side of everyone's plate as a shortcut to a quick burger pep-up.
While I like brown rice, nachos and wholemeal bread, when I go for a burger, I kind of want dirty food - fried potatoes, bread big enough to cross the Channel on, that sort of thing - none of which was on the menu. Vegetalia had more a healthy, whole food vibe though, so I can't hold my unhealthy cravings against them.
As an introduction to Barcelona's veg*n food, Vegetalia was a good start - the food turned up quickly, the waiter was a friendly geezer, and the food itself may not have had as much deep frying and carbs as I wanted, but it was simple and tasty - and, I was to find out, carbs and deep frying wouldn't be in short supply during my stay. Result!
54 Carrer dels Escudellers
933 17 33 31