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There’s nothing quite like a good menu del día to make eating out for lunch seem all the more reasonable. These affordable lunchtime menus usually come with a drink and dessert, but will set you back from as little as €10 (USD$11.70). Here are some of the best places for menu del día in L’Eixample, Barcelona.
This stylish fine dining restaurant is the project of young Catalan chef Àlvar Ayuso. The tasting menus cost around €66 (USD$77), but during the week you can eat at Alvart at lunchtimes for just €23 (USD$27). Expect quality produce and select ingredients prepared with creativity and modern flair according to original recipes. The service is formal but friendly and the dining room makes up what it lacks in natural light by its crisp white décor.
This is the flagship restaurant of the eponymous Grupo Tragaluz, a group of restaurants popular with locals in the city for their reliable but affordable local fare. Tragaluz is located just off the glamorous Passeig de Gràcia and is ideal for grabbing lunch between shops. The bright upstairs dining room boasts a large glass ceiling, and service is professional and efficient.
Located on the charming Enric Granados street, famous for its art galleries, La Polpa is a casual but stylish Spanish restaurant run by the local group Andilana. The menu is modern Spanish fare with touches of foreign influence such as the popular teriyaki tuna steak. The lunchtime menu costs just €11.45 (USD$13.40) per person and comes with a drink and dessert, with dishes changing weekly. The dining room is pleasantly decorated, with tall ceilings and white linen tablecloths adding a touch of elegance.
This bright, modern restaurant is located under the roof of the El Ninot fresh food market and is inspired by the fresh, local produce for sale on the market’s stalls. The kitchen prepares modern Catalan cuisine, including such dishes as arròs or the local variant of paella, steak tartare and chips, salads and fish stews. The large dining area’s contemporary design is spacious but stylish with light wood furniture and counter seating around the open kitchen.