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Several sound reasons to seek out La Singular in Barcelona

25th May 2017

 Salad with figs, feta cheese and a mint vinaigrette


La Singular is one of my favourite restaurants for both lunch and dinner.

Here are several sound reasons why:

Price for lunch:

For the menú diari [menú del día], which includes bread and wine, or beer, or water, you’ll pay 10,50€.

Ajoblanco de prèssec de vinya, pernil i menta — cold garlic and almond soup with peach, ham and mint as served at La Singular

Price for dinner:

  • Starters and first courses cost between 2,50€ and 6€.
  • Mains cost between 7,50€ — 15€.
  • A good bottle of Montsant wine will cost you 15€.
  • A very good bottle of Priorat will will cost 22€.
Lasagne at La Singular

Lasagna de brandada de bacalao y mousselina gratinada de albaricoques.(Salt cod and pureed potato lasagne with apricots and a mousse.)

Choice:

  • The fixed-price lunch menu offers a choice of 4 first courses, 3 or 4 second courses and 3 or 4 desserts.
  • An extensive à la carte menu is available in the evening,

 

Pollo i espagueti amb salsa i menta — Chicken and spaghetti, sauce and mint as served at La Singular

Pollo i espagueti amb salsa i menta — Chicken and spaghetti, sauce and mint as served at La Singular

Quality:

Ingredients, preparation and presentation are all reliably excellent. I have never had a duff plate here.

Carpaccio de alcachofas, jamón de pato, parmesano y crema de balsámico trufado. (Carpaccio of artichokes, duck 'ham' with a balsamic reduction wit truffles.)

Carpaccio de alcachofas, jamón de pato, parmesano y crema de balsámico trufado. (Carpaccio of artichokes, with parmesan cheese, duck ‘ham’, spotted with a balsamic and black truffle reduction.)

Taste:

The food offered here is playfully inventive, joyfully combining meat, fish and cheese with fresh seasonal fruits, berries, herbs, dried fruits, nuts and veggies to produce wonderfully balanced, flavoursome dishes. Delicious.

Pastís de carne i moixernons, pure i la seva salsa — Meatloaf with mushrooms, mashed potato and house sauce as served at La Singular.

Pastís de carne i moixernons, pure i la seva salsa — Meatloaf with mushrooms, mashed potato, pistachios and house sauce as served at La Singular.

Service:

Polite and businesslike. Timing very good; attentive without being intrusive. English can be spoken.

It is not possible to reserve a table for lunch.

“Pollo Singular” — muslitos en escabeche suave de naranja y hummus de guisantes y espécies. (Chicken thighs in an orange marinade with a spiced pea hummus.

Ambience:

Thoughtfully lit, tastefully decorated, intimate, cosy, squeezed space with a very comfortable noise level.

As you walk into the dining-room you’ll pass the small kitchen and see dishes being prepared.

Pollastre farcit amb prunes, orellanes i taronja amb cous cous de fruites — Chicken stuffed with prunes, apricot and orange with cous cous and diced fruit as served at La Singular. bn

Pollastre farcit amb prunes, orellanes i taronja amb cous cous de fruites — Chicken stuffed with prunes, apricot and orange with cous cous and diced fruit as served at La Singular.

Value:

Excellent. Probably the best value lunch in the city.

Interior of La Singular

In Sum: 

Over the years I’ve dined here well more than a dozen times. Since January this year I’ve dined here nine times. And, I’ll be going again next week.

“Rabbit with chocolate? That ain’t  gonna work.” But it does.

“Duck with banana, passion fruit and pistachios… are you serious? Get outta here.”  It shouldn’t work — but it does.

Here is a link to their current evening menu (in Spanish): MENU.

Without exception, every person I have taken here, including a chef, a sous chef, a cook and a caterer, have all been more than a little impressed by the food here.

This isn’t some geeky, hipster bunch of wannabes throwing together wacky combos for the sake of it — more a sincere, playful attempt to please, entertain and satisfy — and it does.

Duck with passion fruit, banana and pistachios at La Singular, Barcelona

Duck with passion fruit, banana and pistachios.

Location:

At the heart of Vila de Gràcia, just around the corner from the Ajuntament (Town Hall), a minute stroll from Plaça de la Vila (Town Hall square).

Open on Mondays. Closed on Sundays. Closed for lunch on Fridays.

LINKS:

Go HERE for my Spotted by Locals write-up with a map and all the info on opening hours. Download the app HERE.

Restaurante La Singular website: HERE

Carrer Francisco Giner, 50

Call: (+34) 93 237 5098

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