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“Excellent food. Poorly-run restaurant.”

La Mandarina Vegetarian Restaurant
Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Barcelona, Spain
Level 5 Contributor
29 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
“Excellent food. Poorly-run restaurant.”
Reviewed October 24, 2012

Positive things first: The food is excellent. Tasty, nicely presented, and healthy.

But that's it, I'm afraid. The visit to the restaurant is not pleasant. The place suffers from being too cheap for its own good. It attracts the wrong crowd - people who go there because it is so cheap, not because it serves organic vegetarian food. Result: Minuscule bills (EUR 12-15 per person), but 30-40 minute waiting times. We didn't turn back just because it took us such a long time to get there.

The setting is not pleasant. Cramped premises - tables far too close to each other, no privacy. Complete absence of sound-dampening surfaces, such as rugs or plants. As a result, all sound gets reflected back - it gets really noisy in there.

Menu rather limited - half of items on it either sold out, or not available yet.

Did I mention that the food was really good? Well, that's the only thing that saves the place. It would benefit from an immediate 30-50% rise in prices, and a new management.

I don't think I'll be going back until the place is transformed into a more pleasant kind of venue (if it survives at all).

  • Visited October 2012
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