13hrs – 16hrs (Monday to Thursday)
21hrs-23hrs (Friday and Saturday)
Opposite beauty and nutrition store Psaging in El Raval on the rather excellent carrer Pintor Fortuny if you aren’t too map-stupid, you will find L’Hortet vegetarian restaurant.
Here you can have a menu-del-dia (menu of the day) for around €10/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 main dishes such as bulgar wheat with vegetables; a succulent looking vegetarian burger with caramalized onions; spinach lasagne, basmati rice and curry and a pasta/pesto amalgamation.
Compared to some vegetarian restaurants in Barcelona the food here was creative and fresh and offered a good big choice of great veggy fodder. There are a couple of vegan options too.
Even raw foodies can muster something up for themselves with the very good salad bar and a fresh juice or two.
They also have a choice of desserts such as chocolate brownies.
The restaurant is very clean and pretty cosy with lighting dimmed and bright, bright orange walls. The ambience is relaxed and unpretentious. Which is so Barcelona.
It can get pretty busy due to the quality of the food, which is terrible for someone as anti-social as I am, but can only be a good thing, really.
This is the kind of restaurant I’d happily go back to again and again and again and again. I just wished they did vegan desserts. Good marks for portion size, quality of food, ambience and price.
Unfortunately, I had to go here alone. There are no outdoor seating options and Sweep would not be welcome. He gives it a big furry paws down. I give it an opposable thumbs up.
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.
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