Les Quinze Nits

Price guide: Budget

Plaça Reial 6, Barcelona, 08002

Price guide: Budget

Les Quinze Nits

By Sally Davies, your Barcelona expert

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#37 of 40
expert-rated restaurants in Barcelona
Expert overall rating:3.8 out of 5
Food and drink:
3.5
3.5
Ambience:
4.5
4.5
Service:
2.5
2.5
Location:
4.6
4.6
Value for money:
4.7
4.7
Recommended for:
Seasoned travellers, No fuss

Expert review of Les Quinze Nits

Chic on a budget (though occasionally at a price).

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.

Food and drink: 

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.

Ambience: 

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.

Service: 

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.

Location: 

Smack on the Plaça Reial (across which the queue generally snakes).

Price advice: 

It’s all delightfully cheap, plus there is a fixed menú del dia for 9 euros.

Other useful branches: 

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:
Budget
Type:
Restaurant
Food:
Catalan, Mediterranean, Spanish
Address:
Plaça Reial 6, Barcelona, 08002
Telephone:
93 317 3075
Website:
http://www.lesquinzenits.com
Serves:
Lunch, Dinner
Opening times:
Daily 1-3.45pm, 8-11.30pm.
Accepts Credit Cards:
Yes
Reservations:
Not possible
Free tags / Keywords:
Al fresco, Cheap eats

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