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“Avoid this trap: worst meal in Spain” 1 of 5 stars
Review of Fonda Espanya Restaurante

Fonda Espanya Restaurante
Sant Pau 9, 08001 Barcelona, Spain
+34 935 50 00 10
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Ranked #323 of 6,365 Restaurants in Barcelona
Price range: $25 - $44
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Good for: Local cuisine
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Late Night
Brussels, Belgium
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52 reviews 52 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 19 cities Reviews in 19 cities
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“Avoid this trap: worst meal in Spain”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2013

This restaurant is advertsing heavily in tourist handouts. Don't go there. There is obviously not always a chef in the kitchen. I'll be more concrete: it is unlikely that someone Spanish or even European could prepare the junk food trash that we got supplied.

If you depend on tourists and one time guests it is clear that you don't care. Our barely touched plates were simply taken away without asking for comments! Because the staff know already.

OK, I'll spell it out for you:

1. Starter: calamares. Can it be easier? These were tough and raw, yes, uncooked in - of course - a soggy batter. They were cut coarsely. We tried two and found them inedible. No flavour at all. They were taken away, without comment

2. Starter: tuna with avocado. Again, can it be easier? We got a thin layer of avocado in a ring as usual topped by very coarsely cut tuna. Again flavourless. How dare you present a dish this way? And lend your name to it? Do you still know what is happening?

3. Main dish: Sea bass. A standard in most restaurants. But awful. Greasy and unappetising.
I quote:"from the Ala Carte menu. The fish was full of bones and very fatty, the skin was left on which was not very appetizing in appearance. Needless to say, my husband was not pleased with this selection." I can only confirm.

4. Main dish: pieces of goat (kid). There may have been small pieces of goat beneath the enormous amounts of breadcrumbs but we could not find them. After the soggy calamares (because the oil was not hot enough) now the oil was hot enough for deep frying. So the thick layer of breadcrumbs was thoroughly fried. Alas, this dish again was tasteless and we had to try only one piece of this spoilt dish to know. Again it went back.

So in fact most of our dishes went back practically untouched. This brought no surprise. The staff sure know plenty of simple places where to eat better.
It does not help getting people flooding the sites with so-called good reviews.
It is cheap but that was not what I was looking for. I was looking for quality and you cannot get that at Fonda Espanya.

  • Visited August 2013
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
    • 1 of 5 stars Food
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Nuria B, Director General at Fonda Espanya Restaurante, responded to this review, September 9, 2013
First of all we would like to thank you for choosing Fonda España as a good local cuisine restaurant .
I am very sorry to hear we did not reach your expectations due to the series of unfortunate incidents your encountered during your meal with us.
I take good note of your comments in order to improve service and facilities and prevent situations like the one you describe be repeated, but fortunately, most of our guests enjoy Fonda España for its special setting, service and quality of food.
I am at your disposal at nborras@hotelespanya.com to provide a private answer to a more than exceptional situation as you describe.
Looking forward to having another opportunity to demonstrate you the high standard of our services in Fonda España.
Yours cordially.
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Toulouse, France
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“This Restaurant is a gem i am not even sure if i want to share.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2013

I have visited Barcelona more then 10 times and i have tried so many restaurants, but this one is the place where i always come back, it s just a sure value... The con about this restaurant is you have to wait around 10 minutes outside to get in, it s always packed and i find it ridiculous how it s the number 363 in Barcelona, i think it should be in the top 20... The food is tasty, the whole menu is !!!!! any tapas you pick, who ever you are with , you can go to this restaurant and you won't be disappointed. The price / value is just great, most dishes are under 10 euro, sangria 1 Liter is around 8 and it s delicious.... I literally tried the whole menu and i was never disappointed and i always leave happy... So you want to eat a very nice meal/ tapas in Barcelona, it s the best restaurant you can come across!!!

  • Visited August 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Sydney, Australia
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“Make a reservation now!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

Amazing amazing amazing!! From the tasty entree's to the delicious desserts. Wonderful staff and a beautifully designed restaurant.

Visited June 2013
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Melbourne
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“Superb lunch”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2013

We stayed in the lovely hotel and chose to have lunch with the fixed menu at 26€ each, with a bottle of rosé for 6€. The choices were great. I had cream of leek soup with a plump, sweet scallop to start, the monkfish with mushrooms, and the passion fruit panna cotta with red berries. All of it was delicious, beautifully presented, and very satisfying. Service was excellent. My sister had the fish pie (more like a terrine) with tartare sauce and a herbed salad, the monkfish, and a fig tart to finish. She was as happy as I was.
I can't fault this place. It pays to book.

Visited July 2013
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“Great food, great atmosphera and great service”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2013

We had the st menu, done by a 3 star michelin chef. Service excelent and the building is a damous modernista house fully refurbished. The maitre was excellent and then showed us arround the building. Overall a great experinece

  • Visited July 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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