Tuesday, 26 April 2011

Food: Cheap And Plentiful?


One thing can be said for food in Barcelona: it's plentiful...

And, when one looks at the local rate of VAT (IVA) charged on eating and drinking out, which is a measly 8%, one might expect it to also be cheap. But it ain't. For the difference in VAT of 12%, the food in Barcelona's normal looking restaurants is at least on par with similar ones in London. Which is frankly infuriating seeing as the fare is far from exciting. One has a distinct feeling of being served as little and as good so as not to leave without paying (and without throwing the lot into the proprietors face), and then also rushed to clear the table for the next victim by a less than polite and caring waiting staff. To add insult to injury, on offer is mostly Spanish cuisine, meaning one cannot even escape to relative safety of Chinese, Thai, or even Mexican. Oh, and it seems like mission impossible to find a place which will allow you to just sit down for drinks. It's like all of them have a burning need to feed the world (by mediocre paellas) - and their wallets (by my hard earned cash).

Barcelona, wake up and smell the coffee: the world is growing sick of what you feed it...