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“Lovely experience with a charming chef who happens to wait on!”

La Forquilla Restaurant
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Ranked #234 of 10,350 Restaurants in Barcelona
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$50 - US$87
Cuisines: Spanish
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Good for: Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings
Dining options: After-hours, Reservations
Neighbourhood: Poblenou
Description: At La Forquilla Restaurant we look for a different view on the concept of a restaurant. Services with few diners but attended by the same Chef who creates the dishes, Vidal Gravalosa. This approach seeks the highest quality both inside and outside the kitchen. Nobody better than the same Chef to convey the sense of each ingredient of each dish during the experience.
Reviewed 21 April 2014

We ate here on Wednesday 16th April (and at Montiel the following evening) so it is easy for us to compare. The food here is excellent and good value by comparison. We took the most expensive menu and was delighted with the dishes prepared by the chef Vida who also happens to wait on the tables describing each and every dish in detail. He explained the because of this he can only really manage 4 or 5 tables each evening. There is no wine paring however Vida recommended a red wine (Altto) which we both thought was delightful. His dishes are very inventive and one or two of them truly outstanding. Location isn't great, it's a good 45 minute walk from the city centre or 10 minutes in a taxi but this would not stop us visiting again. Clearly the chef loves his little restaurant and you get that passion from him. All in €160 for 2 inlcuding the tip which is about half the price of London! The food was special but the restaurant lacked a little character and ambience.

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1  Thank leeshearwood
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Reviewed 21 April 2014 via mobile

My fiancée and I visited la forquilla to celebrate our engagement and it was simply unforgettable. The restaurant was a bit of a taxi ride away but do not let this put you off as it pales into insignificance once you arrive. Vidal the owner/chef/waiter/sommelier took fantastic care of us and was attentive to the finest details.The food was just sublime and you could sense all the love and enjoyment that Vidal clearly feels for his work. We had beautiful local wines to match. In summary it was Michelin food served at a very reasonable price by a thoroughly charming host in an extremely unstuffy environment. Please go - you won't regret it!!!

1  Thank Bergmannt
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Reviewed 18 April 2014

Vidal (owner, chef, host and manager) is the hardest working man in the industry. He has a lot of pride in his creations and is passionate about his craft. He's very knowledgable as well as warm and welcoming. We dined in his place on the 4th of April and were amazed at how his creations stimulated our palates. Vidal serves about 8 tables at a time and not only explains the menu, but takes your order, serves and cooks some amazing food. The whole process can take up to 3 hours with small courses after courses. It's about 45 Euros per person for the tasting menu and he has a great selection of wines and after dinner drinks. If you have the time to sit and enjoy this culinary genius, do yourself a favor and check him out! Thanks Vidal!

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2  Thank William M
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Reviewed 16 April 2014

I booked this for my fiance's 30th birthday. We ordered the taster menu, 10 courses! Each course was delicious. It's not in the centre of barcelona but it's a short walk from poble nou metro station. We stayed just down the road from the restaurant so it was really handy for us. We'll worth a visit if your wanting 5* quality food. Vidal works alone but was very attentive and we where never kept waiting, I'm sure the other 4 tables there that evening would agree. As it was a suprise for my partners birthday Vidal bought a 3rd dessert out for him with happy birthday and a candle. Very nice touch.
We thoroughly enjoyed every mouthful of the rich flavours in Vidal's food, and would recommend it to anyone.

1  Thank Laura F
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Reviewed 15 April 2014

Fantastic restaurant! We managed to get a last minute cancellation (so always worth checking on the night) as he only accepts about 12 guests per night, as he is chef/waiter/front-of-house all in one! Excellent taster menu -about 5 courses of really excellent quality food, such innovative creations, simply scrumptious, and at 27 euros for that menu, just fantastic value! Can highly recommend it...and even though there are many more restaurants in Barcelona to try out, I'd be going back here again. Yes you may have to wait a little for drinks, but go with a relaxed attitude, and not for a rushed event, and you couldn't be disappointed.

1  Thank DiscerningUK
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