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If once upon a time the thought of a vegetarian restaurant would have been something of a novelty in Barcelona, these days the city offers some great choices for non-meat eaters. Read on for our guide to some of the best places for vegetarian tapas in the Catalan capital.
This quirky vegetarian restaurant in the Raval is renowned for its great-value seven-course tasting menu, which costs just €25 ($30) per person – and that’s with two drinks as well. The selection of dishes varies with seasonal specials although some of the house classics are melted provolone cheese with green tomatoes, as well as deep-fried Padron peppers with a twist of lime juice and chilli flakes. Unsurprisingly, meat-eaters love to come to Sésamo too.
One of the oldest vegetarian restaurants in Barcelona, Amaltea has been open since 1998, long before most locals would ever have conceived of going without meat. The restaurant offers a popular weekday lunch menu which comes as a selection of dishes, including four starters, four main courses, dessert and a drink for a bargain €10,90 ($13.50). The food is a blend of Spanish and Hindu cuisine, with home-made ingredients such as bread, kefir, seitan and yoghurt.
Located in the Horta neighbourhood, far from the typical tourist hotspots, La Vitamínica de Horta is particularly good at recreating classic Spanish cuisine, just without the meat. The regularly changing menu features dishes such as croquetas, stuffed cannelloni and hearty stews as well as seasonal salads. The food is home-made and not particularly sophisticated but made with care and enthusiasm which goes a long way.