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“Lovely food, just not the cleanest!”
Review of Bar Seco - CLOSED

Bar Seco
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $15 - $29
Cuisines: Mediterranean
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Good for: Local cuisine
Dining options: Late Night, Breakfast, Reservations
Neighborhood: Montjuic
Reviewed February 22, 2012

Had the patatus salvajes as recommended by 'Rough Guide' with an ommelette... The food was lovely with quick service... The bar & glasses needed a clean!

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Reviewed September 24, 2011

Having decided to go here because a local guide said it adhered to Slow Food principles and had a good range of Vegan/Vegetarian options, we couldn't have been more impressed - particularly in the face of adversity on their part more so than an ours. The corner bar/restaurant is located at the foot of the ascent up to the Montjuic area on a reasonably busy couple of streets and easy to find. Decoratively it's nothing special or out of the ordinary... clean... relaxed and bright. We arrived around 9pm and there were a few local people sitting enjoying a drink and some food. We were attended to quickly and the menu was explained in a combination of our limited Spanish and the waiters limited English. There was a large specials board to compliment the menu. The selection of food available was varied and interesting and it was obvious that they had put much though into creating a menu that differs from the norm. I opted for the Veggie Burger with accompanying salad. At this point everything was going fine as we waited for the food to be prepared (the kitchen is open and within easy view of the public) and enjoyed watching passers by in the Barcelona evening heat. I decided to visit the toilet and it was at this point that things went a bit Pete Tong (wrong). When I pulled the chain to flush the toilet it didn't have any give on it, so I decided to give it a pretty hefty yank... at which point the chain simply snapped and water began to burst forth from the top of the cistern! And it was gushing like a open Geyser! I quickly alerted the staff to what had happened and pandemonium ensued for the next 15 minutes as they desperately attempted to turn the water off. Two of the staff in particular applied themselves to the task in hand with all the Gusto of skilled Fireman trying to douse a burning building. As things gradually came under control it was apparent that I had manged to flood most of the toilet area and parts of the bar. One of the staff was soaked from top to bottom. And we hadn't even been served our food yet. I was understandably very apologetic and they were incredibly forgiving... to the point that they still served our food and refused to take payment for it! They seemed to be of the view that my flooding their toilet needed to be assuaged by their hospitality. We tried to pay... we really did... but they just wouldn't take the money (we left ample tip to cover drinks all round for them). And the food? Well, it was great... had the excitement not detracted from it then we'd have probably enjoyed it even more than we did. They simply went beyond the expectations of any small family run business and for that they get a big thumbs up from me. If you do visit (and I recommend you do), just don't mention the toilet flooding incident! Highly recommended.

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Reviewed January 13, 2011

Amazing down to earth bar..with great beer..helpful staff..and a veggie menu to cater for all tastes..including those who like a bit of ham(?).
Kitchen opens at 1.00 pm...a few tables outside as well although not a totally appealing position.
If you spend 7 euros on a meal the soup of the day comes for free.The caramelized apple with cheese was one of the foodie highlights of my whole trip.
Special shout to the musical selection..first time I've heard a reggae version of Johnny Cash's.. Ring of Fire..

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Reviewed February 25, 2017 via mobile
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Reviewed February 24, 2017
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