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"La Llavor dels Orígens" (formerly Origen 99.9%): a decent selection of local food
Now and then someone asked me where to enjoy some good Catalan food at reasonable prices while in Barcelona. My problem was we usually don't go to 'typical' places when eating out... as I prefer to taste something different from what I have at home, so I did not know what to say!
Some friends recommended Origens. I did saw one of these restaurants many times passing by (there are a few round town) and I though it looks nice, but I never tried as I was afraid it could be yet another tourist trap. But it's not!
Favorite Dish: They have a good selection of both traditional and creative dishes made with local ingredients. The portions are not big, but prices are more than reasonable, and you can try a few different dishes. Leave room for the desserts!
The menu is great for those not so familiar with Catalan food (both foreigners or Spaniards from other regions, or even some of we Catalans :)) It is a "magazine" where each dish has a picture and an a trilingual explanation (Catalan, Spanish and English). In the magazine you'll find as well recipes, info abut Catalan products, traditions and festivals... and you can keep it as a souvenir :)
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Origens (not spelt Origins): A REALLY BAD EXPERIENCE
We was very disappointed by the service at this restaurant: after a courteous welcome and our dishes served, my girlfriend asked if we could change one of the dishes since she didn't like it.
The waiter was nice enough to pull it out and replace it with a new one of her choice. We obviously thought that it would not be counted towards the bill, but we were wrong.
When we pointed out to the waiter that he probably forgot to take the item out, he told us that he couldn't do so, because it had been made so he had to charge it.
I then said that we would have simply ordered another item in addition, not instead, if he had told us, or that I would have eaten my girlfriend's dish.
He made a fuss, said some people were stupid after he checked with his manager (not sure if it was the cook, the manager or me - think it was me really), and I even had the pleasure of having a visit by the manager, who looked at me straight in the eyes with a mean look, as if I had done somebody completely unacceptable.
Such a big fuss for a 5 euro meal...
In a nutshell: very bad service, very impolite staff, trying to be trendy, but really just plainly bad.
In addition to that, you eat little dishes for 5-6 euros each, which is a rip off. You end up paying 15 euros each and are not even full. It had been recommended to us by a friend who liked the concept of the menu, we were very disappointed.
Hope it helps in selecting your restaurants!
La Llavor dels Orígens
One of the nice things in hanging around in a new place is to find randomly some unique places and the basic rules is also valid here, see where the locals are sitting and eating, this should be the right place to drink and eat :)
And so we found this place… La Llavor dels Orígens.
Favorite Dish: Nice food and good coffee was our lunch snack here.
La Llavor dels Orígens ( not Origen 99.9%): La Llavor dels Orígens - NEW NAME !!!!
I would like to inform that Origens 99.9%, the traditional catalan food restaurants in Barcelona changed their name to La Llavor dels Orígens, because of a misunderstanding with a franchise company in 2007. So the original owners and creators of the concept of Origens 99.9% changed their name and their new website is www.lallavordelsorigens.com. Check it out and you may find the recipes of the food you can eat at the restaurants plus different news of catalan products! Their 4 restaurants in Barcelona (Spain) are: BORN (2) c/ Vidrieria, 6-8 and Passeig del Born, 4; in GRACIA c/ Ramón y Cajal, 12 and in EIXAMPLE c/ Enric Granados, 9. Very original and cosy restaurants to try the traditional catalan food, desserts and wine. They also have shops where you may find traditional catalan products ( wine, olive oil, honey, etc;).
Their open ALL DAYS of the year and you may book your table calling before.
Favorite Dish: I love the FENNEL SOUP (cold soup perfect in summer), DUCK WITH PEACH, and the STUFFED ONION with hog, veal and pinions, simply delicious !
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origens 99'9%: A unique experience, do not miss
We had a dinner there with my wife. It is right on the lovely square of Born (in Barri Gotic district). The manu is full of tasty and interesting Catalonia food. It was very different than typical restaurant we dined across the city.Staff were very friendly. But beware of long waiting lines, try to be there before 8.30 PM.
Favorite Dish: Our favorite dishes were carrot soup, stuffed onion and Catalonia pudding.
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origens 99'9%: Tupi cheese
We tried to visit one of the Origen restaurants but a snooty english accented waiter was rude so we didn't bother to sit down.
Then a few days later we went to another restaurant where the staff were amazing. The food and the concept is great.
Favorite Dish: Try the tupi cheese spread I can't imagine ever getting sick of the combination of tupi cheese and the fig marmelade that is mixed through it.
origens 99'9%: beautiful, delish catalan cuisine
So, I love to eat but I also love to eat VERY cheap---especially when I was studying abroad in Barcelona (very tight food budget as a result of gi-normous 'dancing and drinking' budget). But, after walking past Origens 99.9 constantly (to get to the awesome, dirt-cheap Pizza del born next door), and seeing the gorgeous menu, packed house, and yummy smells, my best friend and I finally gave in and decided to have a big, decadent, million-course meal. The food is Catalan-Spanish, very fresh, and super-good. I think I went into a food coma after the first course, so I can't really remember exactly what we ate --we ordered 5 or so little dishes to share from all of the available courses. I do know that I broke down and tried the Conejo (ie. adorable little bunny)...which was good in of itself, but awesome with the sauce/sides. For the typical traveler, it is not overly expensive, and it is a good place to experience local food with a little different flair (and definitely not a ramblas-ish tourist trap).
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ORIGEN 99,9%: Don't miss the two chocolate cake!
Very nice & cozy. Near metro stop. nice prices. but overall nice waiters.
Favorite Dish: obvious! 2 chocalate cake! addicted...hehe
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