THE RYAN AIR OF VEGE RESTAURANTS where CHEAP ISN’T CHEERFUL at ARCO IRIS RESTAURANT
Review published on Google Reviews
This place is popular and cheap. 10 euros 4 mini courses, bread and water included. The decor is what you’d expect is cheap looking with student room toilets. Okay near sagrada famila. If you’re looking for a different place to eat there’s a great german bar restaurant called Chez Muller. Try that secret out!
FIRST IMPRESSIONS of ARCO IRIS RESTAURANT
After booking a table we had a 40 minute wait at the door, people barging through and trying to jump the queue and a few succeeding and even with a reservation being told to wait a few more minutes. 2 minutes = 20, so be aware.
If you book a table and arrive like a minute late it will be given to someone else.
If someone from your group drops out for a reservation and they have the spaces allocated it will go to someone else.
Happened to me, I know!
The floor manager did say he was sorry, but he’s loosing money waiting for people [1 minute] and we felt like conveyor belt objects rather than sentient subjects.
THE FOOD REVIEW at ARCO IRIS RESTAURANT
First course was a broth of artichokes that tasted like a teabag, even salt and bread didn’t kill the taste. My partner had a normal lettuce, cherry tomato with a bit of feta salad.
Second plain pumpkin [which was well cooked] and spinach, no flavour added, again salt [no pepper on the table] could not make this prison meal taste any better.
Third, a cold seitan with pumpkin sauce, they replaced it quickly which is one star given in the review. It was okay. They had some mushroom bake deal which wasn’t bad which my partner had so the second star given.
Final was a manderin … They have other choices so this was an unfair comparison.
WHY THE GOOD REVIEWS OF ARCO IRIS RESTAURANT
The other reviewers have NOT obviously gone to Granada where there’s tonnes of tasty vegetarian dishes, Valencian Paella or even Extremadura. How about the Garroxa region and mushrooms?? Mmmm…. there’s tonnes of choices of native dishes NOT on offer at Arco Iris.
The other reviewers I’m sure they’ve NOT been to habulac, Hortet, Almatea or Biocentre. That or their expectations are pretty low. The comparisons are unfair. I’ve been to ALL the vege places in Barcelona. If you’re looking for something just above average on all scores don’t come here. Looking for inspired vege food and don’t mind paying.. get on down to Habulac, then come back with a new review…
If you’re after something similar and cheaper on the go then go to FRESH CO. You get unlimited drinks, feta salads, pizza and dessert for less. If you’re looking at 7 euros then go to Maoz, a falafel joint which has HOT chilli sauce… it’s REALLY HOT.. falafel with flavour and does chips and beer for less. The service is the same. It’s fast food, you’re a number… served for cheap. L’hortet for service is great, the food is well thought out, you have great ambience. In effect it’s an eating experience for 5 euros more. It’s not a Mc Donalds experience. Biocentre you go to be stuffed plus they have a great Organic Merlot which I recommend highly!
Bottom line.. there basically isn’t a comparison. I’d rather pay 15 euros than come here ever again.
ATMOSPHERE:AT ARCO IRIS RESTAURANT
The tables are SMALL, the place is crowded, there was no aircon on.. the service is quick, but in a bad way. 1 minute after being showed in, I hadn’t even taken off my coat and already pestered what I wanted. The menus are ONLY in Catalan which makes choices harder [my partner is Spanish].
It’s simple almost out the packet deals or thrown on a plate. Sure for 10 euros what can you expect. However, this place is popular by price, not quality or service. The food isn’t inspired nor representative of the better Spanish vegetarian food. My advice. Look around!