Cafe Le Bistrot

Address: Calle Pujada Sant Domenec 4, Girona, 17004, Spain
Telephone: 972 218 803

- Mid-range

4.4

A great value Art Nouveau bistro in the heart of Girona’s old town.

One of my favourite styles of restaurants are 19th-century type bistros with grand, high ceilings, yellowing walls and huge, slightly tarnished mirrors. The kind you get in Barcelona, Vienna, Paris and Brussels and indeed here in Girona too. This is one of those places and not only do you get Art Nouveau floor tiles and old-fashioned ceiling fans into the bargain but great value, excellent food too.

Food and drink
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Service
4.2
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Food and drink
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Value for money
4.6
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Ambience
4.4
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Location
4.2
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Food and drink

Stylish, contemporary versions of classic Catalan cooking are the main fare here and the menus del dia (menus of the day) are exceptionally good value. On my last visit I had a deliciously soft and crumbly salad of lightly grilled goat’s cheese with pine nuts, raisins, apple, carrot, watercress and escarole lettuce to start, followed by spinach canellonis. The canellonis were essentially more or less what you’d get in France, Italy or Spain - cannelloni gratin with a rich béchamel sauce - but what I really like here is the way they add raisins and pine nuts to the spinach – a variation on the classic Catalan dish, espinacs a la Catalana. If, like me, you have a weakness for chocolate, don’t miss the chocolate mousse – it's seriously rich without being too heavy or sweet. Perfect.

Ambience

It's busy but laid back and usually full of lunching locals as well as the odd tourist.

Service

It's friendly and reasonably efficient. Whenever I’ve been I’ve overheard the waitresses speaking good English to other guests and doing their best to explain the menu in various languages when necessary.

Location

It's on the edge of a steep flight of stone stairs in the old town, not far from the cathedral.

Price advice

There are lunchtime menus del día for 14 euros on weekdays and 20 euros at weekends.

Recommended for

  • Couples
  • Families with teenagers
  • Families with younger children
  • Foodies
  • Singles
  • History
  • Design and architecture

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