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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Barcelona's Best Lunch Deal

La Rita
I find this restaurant in Barcelona, La Rita, to be the perfect lunch spot for the frugal traveler. The value of this 3-course meal (with wine!) is much more than the price they are charging. Choose an appetizer, entree, and dessert off the pre-fixe menu of the day and it'll cost you €10 after tax is added. This includes a generous size glass of wine. The lunch menu changes daily, and they only stay open from 1pm-3:45pm, so that explains the long line that was out the door for the entirety of the meal. 
So the food wasn't exactly what I would imagine Spanish food to be famous for, but it was delicious nonetheless. The appetizers consisted of squid ink noodles with garlic sauce, a chilled creamy leek soup, a lentil salad, and a meat sauce cannelloni dish. We each ordered a different appetizer but I enjoyed my leek soup the most. It was a nice summery dish with crispy leeks on top.
The entree I chose was more German than Spanish but it was so rich and comforting. Sausage with rosemary potatoes. Other options included cod and chicken with eggplant. The dessert was he real highlight. I passed on the fruit salad and baked apple. The Mini Timbaon was calling for me. It was nougat ice cream with chocolate sauce and Catalan creme brûlée. The top layer was crispy and the inside was perfection. 
What added to the enjoyment of the meal was not only the fact that it was inexpensive, but they didn't charge for sparkling water for the table, or even a bread basket! The tablecloths were linen and it was an elegant atmosphere to get acquainted with the city of Barcelona.

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