Les Quinze Nits
Plaça Reial 6, Barcelona, 08002
- Recommended for:
- Seasoned travellers, No fuss
Expert review of Les Quinze Nits
The Andilana group owns a raft of restaurants and hotels (such as the Market Hotel) throughout Barcelona and elsewhere in Spain, and the recipe is a simple one: improbably elegant surroundings and low, low prices. The payoff, of course, is that quality can take a tumble, but it is possible to eat well at one of its restaurants for very little money. You can’t reserve and queues tend to be very long, particularly at this, the flagship. Within a hundred yards, however, you’ll find Crema Canela and La Fonda (for both, see below), from the same chain.
Avoid complicated dishes like paella, because they always appear to be mass-produced and reheated, and go for the salads (which are generally fairly good) and simple meat and fish dishes. On a recent visit we had duck magret and lamb with rosemary, both of which were very decent, and the fixed-price menú also looked good.
The group of restaurants (and Quinze Nits is no exception), tend to be high-ceilinged and airy, elegant, comfortable and filled with plants. Many, such as this one, also have terraces.
There’s no diplomatic way to put this – the service can be lamentable (and I’ve eaten at most branches, here and in Madrid). Many waiters struggle to speak Spanish or Catalan, and seem not to have a clue as to half the dishes, but my real objection is that some can be very abrupt.
Smack on the Plaça Reial (across which the queue generally snakes).
It’s all delightfully cheap, plus there is a fixed menú del dia for 9 euros.
Nearby branches include La Fonda (C/Escudellers 10); La Crema Canela (Passatge Madoz 6) and La Dolça Herminia (C/Magdalenes 27).
More information on Les Quinze Nits:
- Price guide:
- Catalan, Mediterranean, Spanish
- Plaça Reial 6, Barcelona, 08002
- 93 317 3075
- Lunch, Dinner
- Opening times:
- Daily 1-3.45pm, 8-11.30pm.
- Accepts Credit Cards:
- Not possible
- Free tags / Keywords:
- Al fresco, Cheap eats