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La Fonda: NIce surprise in Barcelona
My daughter and I had lunch here last week. The restaurant is very attractive and has a pleasant, soothing ambience. We were seated upstairs as the first level was full, and the server was at our table in a few seconds. The menu was eclectic without being self conscious and had a little something for everybody. The wine prices were very reasonable (I'm in the wine business so pretty sensitive to this issue) and there was a nice selection. I had the rosemary marinated tuna and it was outstanding. My daughter had paella and it was as good as any she'd had while in Spain. Yummy desserts and a coffee....our favorite lunch in Barcelona.
Favorite Dish: Well, I've only eaten here once but the above mentioned rosemary marinated tuna was perfect. Tuna can be tricky to get the proper doneness and this was spot on.
La Fonda: Acceptable
In my opinion, the restaurant does not exceed in anything: nor in the food quality, neither in service. But...anyway, it is an acceptable place to eat, with reasonable price and nice ambience.
Its architecture is anyway amazing and it could be alone a good reasone for visiting it :)
La Fonda: Great food, great prices!
There is generally a queue lined up waiting to get inside once the restaurant opens (8:30p), but it is well worth the short wait. This place is popular with locals and tourists alike, for good reason. Pleasantly decorated, nice ambience and really good food and reasonably priced wines. All just steps from Las Ramblas.
Favorite Dish: The paella is delicious - even better than the paella we had in Valencia, the home of paella!
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La Fonda: Disappointed
The ambience of the restaurant is good, I'll give it that. And the food is ok too. However the service we received was poor. The wait staff were impatient and didn't even try to communicate with us, just ramble on hurriedly in Spanish. About a third of the items on the menu weren't available (we went last sunday and we were the first lot of customers that night!) and by the time our mains were brought to us they then told us one of our mains wasn't available! Quite ridiculous really and since the majority of wait staff are chinese I had to resort to my broken mandarin (yes! english will not suffice in this restaurant!!) to order something that could be ready quickly. But the speed at which the duck confit was ready was ridiculously quick too, less than 5 minutes! Anyway, the waiter staff really let this place down. They throw cutlery/menus and anything else onto the table and some are quite rude! Anyway, next time in Barcelona we will not be revisting this restaurant...
Favorite Dish: Roast Lamb
La Fonda: Great value for great food.
Firstly, take note that La Fonda is a very popular restaurant between both locals and tourists alike, so you may or may not have to queue up for a while before you get inside the restaurant, but trust me, it´s worth the wait. The menu is ranges from both traditional Catalan/Spanish dishes and many other international dishes such as steak, lamb, fish etc and some vegetarian dishes. The service is among the best in the city, ask for a menu in any language and they´re likely to have it. The facilities are clean and modern looking, there are three floors, seperate smoking and non-smoking sections and the ambience of the restaurant is very relaxed. The main attraction here though isnt the great food, the menu, the service or the atmosphere - it´s the price; you get the same service for twenty euros that you could expect if you were paying a hundred.
Favorite Dish: Lamb on the bone - When you order a leg of lamb, you expect to get something to fill you up. It does exactly that and more, the meat just falls off the bone, the taste is spectacular.
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La Fonda: The place to eat arroz negro
We were looking for a restaurant one evening, and we were attracted to La Fonda, in the Barri Gotic. A quarter of an hour before opening at 8.30 PM, a long line formed. The atmosphere was great, and the food was satisfactory, the exception being the black rice.
Per, however, was not very keen on this dish and chose veal. But I think he was served beef, as veal is supposed to be very tender, and it was not. The desserts, crepes with chocolate sauce and yoghurt with almonds and honey was delicious.
Favorite Dish: Black rice or arroz negro is one of the most spectacular dishes one can eat. Coloured with squids ink, it looks like black caviar when you plate it. We had black rice at La Fonda, not far from Placa Reial. This paella is made with good fish stock with different varieties of fish, mussels and crustaceans, and the taste is great!
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La Fonda: Best in Barcelona
It is not possible to make reservations so it is necessary to go down to the restaurant at 8.20pm and wait in a line with everyone else. You won't be waiting long though as this seems to be the most organised restaurant ever. The service is extremely fast once inside too but you don't feel rushed to leave. The setting is lovely and the food is gorgeous and surprisingly it is extremely cheap with all courses at about 5 euros and wine at about 3 euros a bottle. Definitely a must try dining experience.
Favorite Dish: Anything or everything, it's all so cheap.
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