Based on the stellar Trip Advisor reviews, as well as a glowing recommendation from a friend who had recently visited Barcelona, we looked forward to Ceveceria Catalana as a potential high-point of our trip. Unfortunately, it was a dud.
The place was bustling with diners around lunch time on a weekday afternoon, but we were able to snag a table inside with no problem. The service once seated, however, was slow, inattentive, and unwelcoming (even by Barcelona standards).
The food wasn't much better. We ordered a bottle of cava, and a mix of largely disappointing items off of the standard menu (we avoided the daily specials, as that menu was only in Spanish) . We ordered an assortment of six montaditos, only half of which were particularly enjoyable (though forgettable at best). The patatas bravas were shockingly poor, slathered with a wholly unnecessary amount alioli, which was only accentuated by the bland, marinara-tasting red sauce and the soggy texture of the not-at-all-crispy potatoes. Our lunch was partly redeemed, however, by a well-balanced plate of superbly-cooked veal loin with jalapeno, as well as a fairly decent crema catalana, though neither was good enough to offset the earlier disappointments.
Hopefully we just caught them on a bad day.
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