Apart from a few hotels and a few architectural gems, Esquerra de l’Eixample (the Left Eixample) – bordered by Rambla de Catalunya to the east and Carrer Tarragona/Avenida de Josep Tarradellas to the west – is not really a tourist area. However, it does have some of the best shops, bars, clubs and restaurants in the city. It’s worth exploring.
If you enjoy the food, ambience and prices at La Rita (SEE La Rita) then you’ll likely enjoy Balthazar. In fact the two spots are managed by the same group – which runs 15 restaurants across the city.
Even though it’s a huge, cavernous place, with additional seating upstairs, it’s very popular with local office and health workers and you may sometimes have to wait a few minutes for a table. Service is good so you won’t have to wait long. I think you’ll think it’s worth the wait.
You’ll have a choice of four first courses, maybe a salad, a soup, or a pasta dish, followed with a choice of a meat, fish or vegetable dish. For afters you’ll have a choice of fruit or a choice of three desserts. And you’ll get a basket of bread and a ¼ litre of house wine, all for around €10. If you need to top up your wine expect to pay around €1.70 for another ¼ litre.
It’s not fine dining but it’s tasty enough, and plenty enough to get you through the day until dinner. And, for the price, well, it’s very good value.