As a big fan of food I think it is my duty to share my thoughts of the different restaurants I visit. And since there are about a million restaurants in Barcelona only, this might also be useful when you try to choose a place to eat on your next visit!
I am going to start with one of my favourites. I went there on my first trip to Barcelona (or actually my third, but on the first two I didn’t see more than Las Ramblas and Camp Nou, from the outside), and I still love going back there regularly.
I am talking about La Dolça Herminia. This place is located in el Barrio Gótico (close to the Urquinaona metro stop) and it mainly offers Spanish/Catalan cuisine. The times I went there I ordered the menu, which is served from Monday to Friday during lunch time. This menu includes three courses, a drink, bread and coffee for only 10,85€. I think that the price/quality ratio is more than good. You can also eat à la carte in La Dolça Herminia, but I don’t have any experience with that.
Now, let me show you bits of the restaurant and the food we had there the last time we went.
Well, my boyfriend wouldn’t be Spanish if he didn’t want to start with a glass of beer and some patatas bravas first. These were not included in the menu, but worth a picture I think. Looking at the salsa brava makes me very hungry right now, it really is one of the best sauces I have tried in a while.
After stilling the hunger with the patatas it was time for the first dish. That is basically how every lunch in Spain goes; you eat a lot before you actually start eating. Makes sense, right? For starters I asked for the canelones de carne con bechamel which are pasta rolls filled with meat covered in a delicious, creamy sauce. And my boyfriend had the gazpacho, which is a cold soup mainly made of tomatoes. I am not such a fan of gazpacho (yet), but according to the Spaniard it was really good.
After the lovely canelones and the patatas I am not sure how hungry I still was, but it was time for the second dish. I chose the beef steak with pepper sauce, served with rice. And in the mean time the red wine was served to us. The perfect moment, so we could accompany the meat with the wine. The steak was good and the rice was a welcome change compared to the usual potatoes. I think my boyfriend had duck (looking at the picture), but I am not completely sure anymore, sorry.
I can’t imagine it was still necessary to eat more after that, but there is ALWAYS room for dessert, am I right?! I remember we could choose among profiteroles, brazo de gitano (gypsy arm, what?! or cream roll) and water melon. Basically I had to choose the cream roll just because of the Spanish name it has been given. And it was SO good. The cake and jelly just melted in my mouth. My boyfriend went for the healthier option.
All three dishes, the glass of wine and a cup of coffee were included in the price of less than 11€. I think that this is a really good price, especially taking into account the quality of the food, the service, and the location in the Gothic quarter of Barcelona.
Give it a try and let me know what you think! Do you have any recommendations for restaurants I should try?