Restaurants that are easy on the wallet


Fastvinic

Today the saying "full belly, happy heart" seems inadequate. It's true that we eat to satisfy a basic and instinctive need (hunger) but we should also take other factors into account: health, nutrition, and the need to avoid disproportionate overspending. 

With this in mind, there are places that combine three factors: a wide and varied selection at reasonable prices, quality ingredients and final presentation (plating). 

One of these is Lateral with an assortment of meat, fish, cheeses, vegetables and dishes combining the more traditional Spanish flavours - such as prawn and ham croquettes, bread with tomato and oil, Spanish potato omelette - with other dishes that have a more international touch, such as a plate of salmon sashimi with bean sprouts and wasabi; and provoletta.

Le pain quotidien

Le Pain Quotidien is a chain that combines pastrymaking with a restaurant. There are quiches and tarts, taking in selection boards ("tablas") (the Middle East selection, with hummus, babaganoush and tabbouleh; the Tuscan, with ham, ricotta, parmesan and sun-dried tomatoes; and international cheeses, with brie, blue cheese, manchego, goats cheese and emmental). There is a salad section and dishes can be accompanied by various sorts of bread made in-house. 

The VIPs group stands out due to its premium establishments, with more than 70 premises in the main Spanish cities. The menu includes six types of hamburger; 7 sandwiches; and starters such as onion rice, croquettes, quesadillas and chicken wings. Some VIPs  have a dining room with a shop attached, selling books, stationery and takeaway food. 

“Cooking with love and quality products” is the slogan of Ganbara, in San Sebastián, a restaurant that goes back more than 25 years and has a clear aim: to offer an alternative selection of pintxos (tapas). Baby squid in their own ink, monkfish skewers and king prawns are highlights of the menu. There are also starters such as minestrone, scrambled eggs with fungi and prawns, and fresh grilled prawns.

Meat and Baguettes

Mesa Comunal

De María  has celebrated the art of Argentinean barbecues since 1994. Meat lovers will find that these restaurants are genuine temples to the barbecue. Dishes are accompanied by chimichurri,  a typical South American dip made with parsley, garlic, olive oil, vinegar, peppers and salt. 

Bar Lobo, part of the Tragaluz Group, is located in El Raval, very close to La Rambla in Barcelona, so it is the ideal place to get something to eat after the theatre. In the same city is Fastvínic, a space that "pays homage to the baguette". In truth they take a point of view that vindicates typical Catalan flavours. The baguettes can be filled with local sausages or even pork with honey and mustard, chicken and partridge vinaigrette. They also have a wine list containing 24 wines from the 12 Designations of Origin (Alella, Catalunya, Cava, Conca de Barberà, Costers del Segre, Empordà, Montsant, Penedès, Pla de Bages, Tarragona, Terra Alta and Ca Priorat).

WHERE TO EAT:

Side 

Paseo de la Castellana, 42. Madrid 

Le Pain Quotidien 

C/ Velázquez, 92. Madrid 

Tel: 915 772 827 

Ganbara 

Calle San Jerónimo, 21. San Sebastian 

Tel: 943 422 575 

VIPs Groups 

Avenida República Argentina, 23. Sevilla 

Tel: 954 279 397 

De María 

Calle Hortaleza, 81. Madrid 

Tel: 913 101 439 

Bar Lobo 

Carrer del Pintor Fortuny, 3. Barcelona 

Tel: 934 815 346 

Fastvínic 

Carrer de la Diputació, 251. Barcelona 

Tel: 934 873 241

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