Vegetalia vegetarian & vegan restaurant – Barcelona

Escudellers 54

Monday to Sunday 12:00hrs until 00:00

A vegetarian restaurant with stuff for vegans featuring organic ingredients (where possible)  in the warm heart of Barcelona. Always welcome.

There is a standard menu to choose from or a menu del dia (menu of the day) that consists of three courses plus water and costs under €10.

Vegetalia has a good choice of entrees, main dishes and desserts – all of which are reasonably priced. Some of it is quite fast-foody such as vegetarian burgers, tempah kebabs and things made from seitan. But the burgers are good and moist and a little chewy, which is not always the case with vegetarian burgers. Sometimes it’s like chewing someone’s sandal, albeit one with a thick sole.

Starters present themselves in the guise of  hummus with hot slices of pitta bread, plus there are salads and rice dishes.

For those who crave sweetness there are some really tasty vegan brownies, ice cream and a succulent banana cake worthy of a drool.

Lushes can rinse their fodder down with an organic wine or beer, whereas those who covet sobriety can go for a more modest herbal infusion, and not risk waking up semi-clad in a doorway, unable to remember where they live. The choice be yours.

There is a terrace for the warmer months which let’s face it, is most of them and means it gets a four-paws-up as far as handsome young Mr Sweep is concerned, although he prefers his burgers meaty and to be honest, he’s got the teeth to prove it.

Vegetalia is not an upmarket restaurant, the décor is simple and the clientele is fashionably bohemian. Expect tattoos, piercings and trousers that don’t appear to fit.

Service is good and the staff seem to enjoy serving you – which is quite remarkable when you are used to English service.  Plus it’s in a good spot in a great part of town.

Paws up, opposable thumbs up and everything.

We like. Except the name. Makes me think of genitalia.

Last time I tried to visit (October 2011) Vegetalia it looked like it was closed for refurbishments. I hope this is the case and it has not ceased to be.

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