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El Quatre Gats - Used Up All Their Lives
Els Quatre Gats (Barcelona, Spain)
Member Name: Karonher
Els Quatre Gats (Barcelona, Spain)
Advantages: A nice building
Disadvantages: Food not that good and service could have been better.
We went to Els Quatre Gats and were somewhat nervous as one person had been advised to go and another warned not to. In the end it was a good decision as it was a pleasant restaurant had friendly staff and the only downside was the lack of vegetarian options, but that is just part of going to Spain. I have just had a quick check at their website and the lack choice for us veggies has not changed.
The restaurant opened in 1897 but was a café then and its claim to fame was being the location of Picassos first exhibition, and has been in its present form since 1978 and there are claims that it provides the best coffee in Barcelona. I beg to differ but that was just my opinion.
The name comes from an old Catalan expression that means "just s few people" and the name was given as a tribute to the Parisian café Le Chat Noir as the owner had recently died.
Anyway enough of the history and more of the restaurant. We found that the service was very hit and miss. When we arrived there were few people there and the order was taken quite quickly but that was the end of the good service. As there were 8 of us we were pleased that the starters all came within a few minutes of each other. The main courses however came as and when they were ready so there seemed to be always someone sitting watching other people eat.
The restaurant is located at Carrer de Montsió, 3 08002 Barcelona which is just off Avinguda del Portal de l'Angel. It is a large restaurant and the tables are a little too close together so you seem to be as close to the people on the next table as you are to your tablemates.
It was quite expensive even allowing for it being a popular restaurant in a major City with the cheapest main course being 20 Euros. Most of the menu was fish and the portions were quite small. They were so poor when it came to vegetarian options I had cheese croquettes as a starter and part of the main course. The one good thing was that they had Creme Catalan which is close to Creme Brulee. It was the not big on desserts either and this was the only place that we went to where we did not leave a proper tip but just rounded up the bill leaving a few extra Euros.
It seems that Els Quatre Gats is doing well as it has picked up a good reputation from years ago but I imagine that without changes it will soon be found out.
Summary: Not a place to return to.
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