El Celler de Can Roca

Address: Can Sunyer 48, Girona, 17007, Spain
Telephone: 972 22 21 57

- Expensive

4.7

World-class gastronomy at this three Michelin-starred Girona institution.

On the whole I’m not normally a big fan of Michelin-starred restaurants. So often, you spend hours (and a small fortune) getting a series of miniscule taste sensations and then coming away wondering what’s for dinner. This place is however quite special, both in terms of ambience and the taste combinations. It's definitely worth experiencing at least once. It’s also got a reputation as one of the best restaurants in Spain.

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Value for money
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Location
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Food and drink

Classic Catalan ingredients are given the Michelin-star/fine dining treatment with a flourish here and there is El Bulli-style molecular wizardry and more than a soupcon of various ‘foams’. I had red mullet with suquet – the classic Catalan fish stew and lard. I know the lard bit sounds a bit grim but the whole dish was actually an amazingly elegant, subtle take on a fish stew. Similarly, the lamb, peach and apricot terrine was a wonderful mix of salty and gently sweet and the rose soufflé was one of the most delicately dreamy puddings I’ve ever had. 

They also pride themselves on their world-class wine cellar here with a list featuring over 1000 wines.

Ambience

First impressions can be worrying but trust me, it gets better. On arriving, I thought I'd mistakenly turned up at some kind of brutalist car park rather than the19th-century country mansion which you see on the website. (The mansion it turns out is used for separate functions). Once inside however, it's beautifully light however with minimalist, rectangular space with tables set widely apart, glass sheet dividing panels and huge modernist windows overlooking Zen-style gardens.

Service

Generally the staff are super attentive – the kind of service where if you sneeze, they’ll probably offer you a box of tissues. Last time I was there, we had about six people waiting at our table for two although, happily, it wasn’t too intrusive.

Location

It's on the outskirts of Girona. All the city taxi drivers know where it is though.

Price advice

The signature dishes menu (three courses and one pudding) costs 95 euros and the tasting menu (five courses and two puddings) is 115 euros (plus accompanying wines for 45 euros).

Recommended for

  • Business travellers
  • Couples
  • Foodies
  • Honeymooners
  • Special occasions
  • Trendiness
  • Design and architecture

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