|Restaurant El Convent in Barcelona. Calle Jerusalem|
Restaurant name: EL Convent
Calle Jerusalem, 3
08001 Barcelona, España.
Tel: +34 93 317 1052
Metro: Liceu (Green Line, L3) - (about 10 minutes walk to the restaurant) - a few minutes walk from the Ramblas
Reviewer's Name: Michaela Eyley
Country: United Kingdom
Review Submitted: 29 April 2005
Restaurant type: Spanish/Catalan
Restaurant rating: Excellent
Price: Cheap (< €9.00) - ( Editor's note: every Barcelona restaurant discounts their prices for "menu del dia" = "menu of the day" but during evening hours prices will be higher)
Ambiance: Traditional Spanish/Catalan
We went to eat there in the early afternoon and chose "Menu de Dia", which only came to €8.00 per person (plus IVA, I believe). This included a three-course-meal, 1/4 litre of wine and a basket of bread.
Service was a little slow but friendly and the food was excellent.
I had the Gazpacho, which was gorgeous, and my husband went for tortilla with ham and cheese. Very unusual for us to see a tortilla used as a substitute for bread and served as a type of sandwich.
Main course was Salmon for me and chicken in garlic for my husband all very tasty and filling.
As postres we chose chocolate cake and lemon cake - very yummy .I think it was the best sit-down meal we had during our stay in Barcelona.
The atmosphere was homely but elegant, and the restaurant was full of antique wooden furniture. Quite a big restaurant that caters for large parties etc, but it does not look it, until you venture out further from the bar area.
Highly recommended, although I cannot comment on the normal menu (i.e not the menu del dia). The food was fresh though.
My husband and I found this little gem near the market, i.e. if you go all the way to the back of La Boqueria, you get to a small square with walls full of graffiti. Turn left at the back entrance of the market, and a few metres on the right you find El Convent.
Editors note: Thanks Michaela for this wonderful restaurant review. I wish that others could send in such a review with the details of the restaurant like you did.