This is an old one from 2009, but it's good to look back sometimes, especially when the restaurant is no more. This review is from the world renowned elBulli which closed in 2011 and was run by the famous Catalan chef Ferran Adriá.
The restaurant was around 7 km outside the town of Roses on the Costa Brava coast.
You will spend a hair raising taxi drive along the coast road before getting to the restaurant which sits alone above the small bay of Cala Montjoi in an old Catalan finca.
The second part of the trip to catalunya in 2009, this time to the Roca brothers restaurant in Girona, which has been rated number one in the world on a few occasions.
El Celler de Can Roca is a restaurant in Girona, Catalonia, Spain which was opened in 1986 by the Roca brothers, Joan, Josep and Jordi. It was first located next to their parent's restaurant Can Roca, but moved to its current purpose built building in 2007. It has been received warmly by critics, and currently holds three Michelin stars.
With entrances on the Passeig de Vara de Rey and Carrer des Caló d’en Reial, this is a new, clean, interesting, lively and comfortable tapas bar.
They serve up an inventive menu, try
Croquetas (served in a visually stunning chandelier like structure, which holds each croqueta and their corresponding sauce in small glass bowls on different levels as though they were expensive jewellery)
Caesar salad (Their own our version of this classic that was invented in Mexico)
Squid with dried fish (films of dried fish flickering curiously, due to their reaction with moisture)
Chef Mikel Peinador’s small restaurant is located in a back alley loft off of La Rambla and serves excellent innovative food in a wonderful environment. The restaurant is like some quirky host's home and it does indeed feel like an house dinner party. You feel you are in his home and he is cooking just for you.
The loft is decorated with many interesting artifacts and close personal attention to detail.
The only menu is the tasting menu and everything is down to Mikel, who buys the top quality food for the day at a local market so everything is always going to be fresh.
The entrance to this excellent restaurant is on the very unassuming main street of the small town of Arriondas which is 12 km inland from the coastal town of Ribadesella. You walk in to find a contemporary, rustic style dining room and a glass-fronted conservatory situated at the back.
Chef José Campoviejo serves a innovative tasting menu inspired by traditional Asturian cuisine (like Cabrales cheese, anchovies and fabada (Asturian bean stew) as well as a concise á la carte.
A friendly priced tasting menu (€77) would be something like this: