[Spain: Girona] 3* El Celler de Can Roca - World's Best Restaurant
Rating: ❤❤❤❤ (4/5)
So the main reason for our trip to Europe this time was to eat at El Celler de Can Roca - a reservation that I made 11 months ago! Making the reservation online wasn’t that hard but committing to something almost a year earlier was probably the harder part. With 3 Michelin Stars and twice named World's Best Restaurant, the restaurant is run by the three Roca brothers who are each leaders in their respective fields – Joan as a chef, Josep as a sommelier and Jordi as a pâtissier. I’ve been wanting to visit this restaurant for a long time and after a train ride from Barcelona, I was finally here for lunch. Two menus are available for choosing - a shorter Classics Menu for €180 and a longer Feast Menu for €215 - and we chose the latter in order to taste the latest creations.
The World arrived in a globe with small bites from 5 different countries:
-Thailand: thai, chicken, coriander, coconut, curry and lime
-Japan: miso cream and nyinyonyaki
-Turkey: lamb, yogurt, cucumber and onions with mint
-Peru: “Causa Limena”
-Korea: panco fried bread, bacon with soy sauce, kimchi and sesame oil
We were told that one of the arms holding a snack was out of place and when we swung it back in place, there was another amuse bouche waiting for us.
The Memories of a Bar in the Suburbs of Girona was accompanied by a paper cutout of the three Roca brothers hanging out in a bar. The snacks presented were traditional tapas including squids, kidneys with Sherry, gentian bonbon, Montse's meat cannelloni, and Cod brandade. Unfortunately one of the snacks turned out to be the worse thing we'd taste on this trip and it was the kidneys which, in J's words, tasted like "the stench of someone peeing in an underground subway station and no one has cleaned it for days." And I agree.
The rest of the snacks continue to arrive in impressive fashion but the flavors were not as memorable.
King Crab with its Coral, Pesto Razor Clam
Green Olive's Ice cream, Black Olive Tempura
Saint George Mushroom's Brioche
Charcoal-grilled Green Peas with green peas pesto, tofu and pod jelly
Stem Lettuce with pistachio, garlic flower and wild mustard
White Asparagus with "garum" of charcoal-grilled asparagus and pickled asparagus
El Celler de Can Roca
Carrer de Can Sunyer, 48, 17007 Girona, SpainTel: +34 972 22 21 57
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