My visit to the gastronomical Walhalla: El Celler De Can Roca (1)

Eating is an important part of my life (in case you missed it) and in all those years I’ve eaten at some great restaurants that spoil you from the second you walk in until you go home again. So what could those in the list of 50 best restaurants in the world have more to offer that puts them in that list (or at least I couldn’t imagine)… Only one way to find out and that was trying one of them, but which one?

50 best restaurants

Believe it or not, but it was actually faith that pointed out the restaurant I had to do. About a year ago I was at the gym and while running I was watching a Michel Roux Jr. show (this keeps me motivated to run, watching food 🙂 ). On this show they showed a restaurant called “El Celler de Can Roca” not knowing at that time it was a 3 Michelin star restaurant and 2nd best on the San Pellegrino restaurant ranking  (they probably mentioned it, but I forgot my headphone so I couldn’t hear what they were saying).  Anyway to make a long story short I liked the restaurant and found somebody crazy enough (Carlos) to go with me to Spain for a day and try “El Celler de Can Roca” and see what makes this restaurant the 2nd best restaurant in the world!

Michel Roux Jr

I have already done lots of things in my life, but travelling to Spain just for dinner and come back the next morning was a first for me 🙂 🙂

Of one thing I’m very sure, I’m glad I did it! This one amazing gastronomical experience! And on top of that feeling the sunshine on my face the moment I walked off the plane made it even better. FYI Girona is one very nice little town!

Girona (2) Girona (3)

Girona (1)

Was it the best food I have ever had? A lot of people asked me when I came back… I honestly have to answer that I don’t know, as every time I ate  at a restaurant of this level I always had great food! So I’m not sure to call it the best I ever had….  What I do think is that this is the most inventive, experimental, renewing and exploding food tastes I have ever tried! All presented in ways I really have no clue how they were able to make the dishes (and I’m not talking about molecular food). On top of the great food they prepared they had the PERFECT matching wine with every dish, definitely the best food-wine matching I have experienced. Don’t get me wrong, not that all the other restaurants I’ve been to didn’t have good wines, but at “El Celler de Can Roca” it was just that “little” extra that really gave “wow” effect during our dinner 🙂

El Celler De Can Roca

The first difficult part when sat down is deciding if you’ll be taking the “small” or big menu (11courses + appetizers + refreshments with the coffee)… as we did such a big effort getting there we just had to take the ‘big’ aka Festival menu. After they arrived with wine menu or better a wine cart with 3 huge/ massive books in it which make the bible look like a children’s book. What I liked when I eventually opened one of the “books” was that there were also wines one it under 30EUR. As it was too difficult to decide which one we just went for the matching wines picked out by Josep Roca and his team, which (I know I’m repeating myself) was the best pairing I ever had!!

The winelist cart

To be continued….

I know you guys are anxious to know what I ate :-), you’ll read about it tomorrow 🙂

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