Restaurante Portitxol at Hostal d'Empuries

Address: Platja de Portitxol s/n, L'Escala, 17130, Spain
Telephone: 972 77 59 32

- Expensive

4.6

‘Destination’ hotel restaurant with stunning beach-front views and organically sourced produce.

The location is the major wow factor here with huge picture windows looking out to the blissfully tranquil beach, so I was a bit sceptical as to whether the food would live up to the views. Amazingly, it did.

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Value for money
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Food and drink

The cooking here is contemporary Catalan with an emphasis on organic ingredients as most of the produce is sourced either from their own eco-friendly kitchen gardens and allotments or nearby organic producers. I had some deliciously tender organic lamb with carrots, which the menu informed me were from nearby Albons, slowly cooked with the meat’s own jus. The starters also have dashes of trendy ingredients like quinoa and soya - although they’re mixed in salads with ham and mussels so veggies beware.

Ambience

It's formal but contemporary. It’s also very light during the day with the beach views and strong light from the coast flooding the room.

Service

The staff are all young and trendy and ours were very helpful and efficient. I also overheard several waiters and waitresses speaking good English to some other diners.

Location

It's inside the [node:170961] which is, amazingly, the only building on a wonderfully unspoilt stretch of beach near L’Escala and the Roman ruins at Empuries.

Price advice

For weekday lunchtimes and Sunday evenings (except June to September and public holidays) there’s a menu of the day for 23 euros. A la carte main courses are on average 16–23 euros.

Recommended for

  • Couples
  • Families with teenagers
  • Families with younger children
  • Foodies
  • Honeymooners
  • Great views / scenery
  • Nature / wildlife

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