Dazzling in its design, Els Quatre Gats is an unmiss- able stop for those interested in Modernista archi- tecture and indeed the art of the period, being the former regular meeting place of Picasso and other artistic luminaries. Nowadays, it chiefly caters to tourists, and is no crucible for Catalan gastronomy – nor is it cheap. There is, however, a more reason- ably priced and generously portioned set lunch, and when it’s all over you can buy the T-shirt. To appre- ciate the building without forking out for dinner, visit its café.
|Venue name:||Els 4 Gats||Contact:|
|Opening hours:||Daily 12am-1am|
|Transport:||Urquinaona (M: L1-L4), Catalunya (M: L1, L3)|
|Price:||Main courses 17 € Set lunch 14,95 €|
Elegance under minimums.
With the idea of entertaining to part of our family visiting the city, we went dinner to "Els 4 gats", one of the classic restaurants of the old Barcelona. After trying some very correct “tapas” for which we paid €200 (for seven persons) the personnel of the establishment 'invited' us to leave a review on internet, giving each of us a card with some instructions. Surprised for what it looked to us a slightly elegant attitude of the establishment, one of us suggested with irony that since they were asking us to write a (positive) review for the establishment they could have at least the detail of inviting ourselves to a glass of wine-cellar or something like that.
The waiter, with all education, said to us that the director would not allow him such a thing, but that in a moment he would bring us a “chupito de orujo” (a local drink shot), a practice more than usual in all kinds of bars and restaurants after a dinner. Within a few minutes the waiter returns and comments to us that, unfortunately, the direction of the establishment does not allow him to have attentions of this type with the clients. We look at him incredulous. I think it is the first time that I see something like that in Spain. Knowing that, as much, the cost of a “chupito” does not exceed them €0,15, or what is the same thing €1,05 for seven “chupitos”, that is to say 0,005 % of paid by the dinner, one comes to the conclusion of which it is not a matter of costs, but of a total lack of empathy and interest for the customer. A very sad fact when we’re talking about an establishment that years ago was a Barcelona’s classic. Now you know, things have changed: if you want to see for yourselves how far decadence and speculation is arriving to some once emblematic Barcelona’s establishments, we invite you to visit 'Els 4 Gats', they will not disappoint you.