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Mama’s Cafe

I tend not to make a habit of writing about places I haven’t enjoyed.  I don’t get much pleasure out of editing photos and putting words to copy if it doesn’t bring back good memories of the meal, nor do I want to slate the efforts others are making in setting up new business ventures. However, I’m going to make a brief exception with Mama’s cafe as it was a real disappointment despite seeming to hold such promise.

Mama's Cafe, Barcelona food blog, Claire Gledhill

In the post Federal world it seems every new opening is made up of muted colours and pared back furnishings. I’m not against this, it lacks a certain originality but is soothing and relaxing and does set the right tone for breakfast and brunch. Inside Mama's Cafe, Barcelona food blog, Claire GledhillMama’s cafe was appealing the several times I passed by and the internal patio is an inviting extension to the main eating space.  Patio at Mama's Cafe, Barcelona food blog, Claire GledhillSo, where did it all fall apart? In short, rock hard toast on all orders, overly fatty bacon that seemed like the slices hadn’t even been separated when removed from their packaging, broken poached eggs accompanied by a slightly huffy “well they will take longer” when ordered.Poached eggs and bacon at Mama's Cafe, Barcelona food blog, Claire Gledhill

Fried eggs, bacon and toast at Mama's Cafe, Barcelona food blog, Claire GledhillMy friend’s almost 9€ (!) beef sandwich over-promised yet under-delivered coming without the melted gruyère stated on the menu and left her underwhelmed and me still reeling at the price tag. I know it’s huge but that’s par for the course here and it’s not unusual to be served such a log of bread as a sandwich.

Beef and gruyère sandwich at Mama's Cafe, Barcelona food blog, Claire Gledhill

Beef and gruyère sandwich with fried mushrooms & onions, mayonnaise and mustard

The huffing continued when my other friend’s undocumented pancakes with bacon and maple syrup were returned to the kitchen. “Very well done” she requested for the bacon, when they arrived, late, she said the bacon wasn’t well done and asked for it to be cooked a little longer. Cue brief discussion from waiter that the bacon was indeed well done but he eventually did take it back to the kitchen at her insistence. Sadly she still didn’t get to finish her dish as only two of the three pancakes were actually cooked, the third still raw in the middle. The maple syrup got her Canadian thumbs up though.

Mama’s cafe also offers a range of salads, pica pica dishes and an afternoon/evening menu replacing the brunch dishes but I honestly don’t have the ganas to return. I can’t help wondering if there was an air of Saturday morning hangover in the air which would explain the moodiness and eyes being off the ball.

Mama’s cafe, C/Torrijos 26, Gracia

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4 comments on “Mama’s Cafe

  1. Christina Sans
    September 18, 2012

    Dear unsatisfied customers. I am so sorry to hear you had such a bad experience in MamIa’s Cafe. I must say I am a little speechless, because my intention in creating the cafe was to create a space where people feel comfortable, are treated well, and can eat simple and good food at any time. I apologize that it was not so during your visit. I would really like to make it up to you all. Please call me at 660 74 0048 or email me. Thank you. Peace, Christina Sans

    • butterytoast
      September 19, 2012

      Hi Christina,
      That is a very kind gesture and I appreciate you contacting me. The friends I ate with are out of the city for the next couple of weeks but I will contact you when they return. Many thanks.

  2. Regina - The Spain Scoop
    September 18, 2012

    sounds pretty bad! pancakes are not hard to make…

    • butterytoast
      September 19, 2012

      I agree Regina although as you can see above I am very pleased to have been contacted by the owner and will take up her offer to go back if my friends agree. Maybe we just got unlucky that day but my overall impression wasn’t good which is a shame as Gracia doesn’t have many brunch places like this.

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