I visited this restaurant during Easter and had high hopes for for a good experience bearing in mind this is listed on so many websites as the 'best vegitairian restaurant in Barcelona'. Sadly Teresa Carles really didn't live up to expectations. Firstly on arrival and having booked a table for 7pm we were shown to a table in the far end of the restaurant but to my astonishment we were greeted to the overwhelming aroma of INCENSE wafting into the dining area from a shelf opposite the toilets. The smell was so powerful it actually dominated the dining space and to be honest it really isn't an appropriate way to mask the smell of toilets in a high end vegetarian restaurant. What chef in their right mind wants the customers to be choking on pungent incense rather than the smell of freshly cooked ingredients ? Baffling !
The food was pretty standard too for the price,the starter we shared (hummus abd breads) was tasty enough but for both my wife and myself the main courses were particularly dissapointing. My wife ordered a pasta dish which was actually stone cold on arrival, we spent half the time trying to figure out if it was supposed to be served that way but as other items on the plate we warmer than others we could only conclude it had been served incorrectly. I ordered the Sea and Mountain dish for myself which was more like a tapas than a main course. Mainly due to the fact it was basically one thing: seitan balls on a plate of salty gravy. The problem was it really needed another ingredient to balance the dish as with all that gravy you need something to absorb the flavours. The texture was bland and I was left thinking 'where is the rest of it'?
My dessert was fine but my wife's chocolate coulant was covered in so much sauce, it was difficult to tell whether it was soft in the middle as stated on the menu.
There are lots of places to eat in Barcelona, including Vegetarian restaurants so if you're planning on an gastro veg visit I'd give other places a bit more consideration than this as it's just over-hyped.
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