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“What passion can do” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Les Escoles

Les Escoles
Price range: $27 - $38
Cuisines: Spanish
Dining options: Lunch, Late Night, Dinner, Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Lunch, Late Night, Dinner, Reservations
Barcelona, Spain
Level Contributor
4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“What passion can do”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 6, 2014

Working in the tourism business and having ~200 meals a year in restaurants it's honestly not many times that I even remember a couple of days after a restaurant visit what meal was had. The unassuming building, an old school still owned by the village, and the very bare inside was a little bit of a surprise, normally in this region the restaurants are in several hundred year old buildings. But then from the second we met and started talking to the owner it was clear that this was going to be another type of experience. The quality of each one of the tapas we had, 8 of them in total, and the proudness of the owner of his crazy hobby of running this restaurant combined into the best meal I've had in a couple of years. With 35 tapas to choose from, all made fresh and at the same price, you will find things for everyone in your group. Don't expect a fine dining experience but expect to meet food passion as it should be. And order a gin & tonic, the owner is equally passionate about these as his food!

  • Visited April 2014
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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Date | Rating
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • Italian first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
Belsele, Belgium
Level Contributor
190 reviews
135 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
“Fantastic Tapas in a nice quite environment”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 25, 2013 via mobile

Les Escoles is located just outside the center of a very little village at the countryside close to Pals (5 km). You really have to find this super restaurant located in an old school building, but it is really worth a visit. The place gives a very relaxed feeling when sitting outside to eat and the tapas they serve are the best you can get in this area and this for very attractive prices, 4,95 Euro per plate and 1 Euro extra for the specials. We tasted with 4 persons 12 different Tapas dishes and 2 portions of Patatas Bravas and 4 superb desserts and some drinks for not more than 131 Euro. The Tapas dishes were really delicious and are not the simple stuff served in touristic places, but high quality pieces of gastronomy art. Also the dessert from chocolate cake coulant on a gel of oranges was a fantastic dish bringing chocolate addicts in the seventh heaven. Some wine can be ordered by the glass and the service is relaxed and very friendly. Another nice aspect is that the owner is a certified bar tender for 'Gin Tonic'. he has a whole series of different gins an tonics available and prepares you either a flowered, citric, or spicy version from a combination of special gin, tonic and several fresh and special herbs. As gin tonic lover i could not resist to at least drink a superb, and prepared with care and passion, spicy and citric version. This is definitely a place to come back.

Visited July 2013
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Thank JoBe1964
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Voorst, Gelderland, Netherlands
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22 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“amazing tapas for an amazing price.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 2, 2013

We went to this old school for lunch. We had 5 amazing tapas and a great bottle of white wine. This lunch was the best I had in the costa brava. And this all for 25 euro together (2 persons) incl. the wine. The Owner is a great guy, who cocks with love for food.

  • Visited August 2012
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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Thank Jan L
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Level Contributor
146 reviews
102 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
“Superb food from very friendly hosts”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 26, 2013 via mobile

We dropped in today a bit late for lunch and met the proprietor and chef locking up. We were surprised when they asked if we wanted something to eat and promptly reopened!
We are very filial with the area but this was our first visit here. Look for signs saying Tapes & Copes to your left just before you enter the village proper. Plenty of parking. Busy place in the evenings according to proprietor Santi.
We had three to class cocktails made in front of us. Cinnamon, liquorice, cardamom, apple, grapefruit, lemon, limes, flowers, angoustoura bitters all featured in the performance! Probably best cocktails we ever tasted. Santi helped us through the menu which was in English but their food is individual and unlike any we've had locally. In a good way that is.
3 tapas each was the recommendation. The ubiquitous patatas bravas, pork cheek- which was actually more like a plate of beautiful pork scratchings, beef carpaccio, magnificent mussels which we were told are currently in season, aubergine delicious, apple & sausage millefieux outstanding- , oxtail & cheese in burger are all I can remember. Followed with ice creams and st Joan pie. Coffees, water and wine & selection of shots to finish.
Total €95
Quality was of the highest order.
Service was excellent and Santi made us feel so welcome and delighted to have chosen his restaurant.
Value - excellent
Entertainment - we have a small amount of Spanish and got great conversation with the owner, us being his only guests at the time.
Would I recommend? Absolutely.
Will we return? Top of the list for next year.
Please visit this place and enjoy the food. We were a little apprehensive as most trip advisor recommendations are from native Catalan or Spanish speakers but its a winner!!

  • Visited June 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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Thank Dommags
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Girona, Spain
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19 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“Always perfect”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 19, 2012

Congrats to Santi and all their team for running such a great tapas restaurant.

Amazing dishes at very affordable prices. Spectacular terrace with cocktail service in summer.

Visited October 2012
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Thank AlanBuech
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