I was crazy, crazy excited for this place. I knew the hype – the brothers, #4 in the world, and the best in Spain (other than El Bulli but as no one can possibly get in there it is the best in Spain you can actually hope to eat at). My Aunt who is not at all food obsessed (I mean other than you get from just living in Spain) was so excited to go – even she was taking pictures. According to her the Roca brothers are always on tv – so it’s like eating at a Mario Batali restaurant – you know if he had 3 michelin stars…
The restaurant is serenely beautiful. I’ve been in a whole lotta pretty rooms and this one puts most of them to shame. It’s so modern and delicate and comfortable. The meal costs a LOT! The wine list they bring out could be used to club things to death it’s so big – and the sommelier is one of the Roca brothers – he kept trying to upsell me, but especially in a wine list that big and well heeled I was trying to order all of their cheapest wine (you know it’s gonna be good!). At this meal I was introduced to Xarello – a grape which makes affordable white wine on the level of Montrachets. I don’t even remember the red – some Manchuela something – but my uncle declared it too young at 2007.
Overall, it’s very much an experience – I went for Thanksgiving lunch with my family, and for a celebration meal with people you love it is very comfortable and very cushy. I can’t say that it’s the best food I’ve ever had or the best food I’ve had in Europe or even in Spain – L’Astrance in Paris was in many ways a far more impressive gastronomic experience, although the room wasn’t as hit you over the heat gorgeous. I’m not sure that I would go again – BUT the Roca brother’s mother has a traditional Catalan place in town and I really want to hit it up.
Caramelized Olive Tree
Black Sesame Cracker and Anchovy Bone (Fried!)
Brioche- served with the Dashi
Tortilla - the second liquid tortilla immediately banished the memory of the first (El Celler 1 - El Bulli 0)
Oysters in Cava with Cava Jelly and an Oyster Leaf - So good I wanted to cry. One of the dishes that made the hassle of getting there and the price of admission worth it. So decadent but light.
The room is gorgeous!
Foie Gras soup with Radish
The signature fish dish - Swordfish with five sauces meant to suggest the colors and flavors of the Costa Brava: Olive oil, Pine nut, Citrusy Something, Bergamot, Dill. First I tried each sauce separately - they I ran my fish through all five. The fish was delicately cooked and paired exceptionally with the sauces. Another one that made it worth the trip.
I hate to say it - but this one slipped by the wayside - cod or hake.. made in some fancy delicious way...
Iberico Suckling Pig! This meat was in-freaking-credible. I love the skin, but I took it off because it was getting in the way of the lovely and delicate pork. Easily one of the greatest pieces of pork I've ever eaten.
This was my view for all of dinner - como precioso (y ella preciosa tambien)!
Palatte Cleanser - no distinct memories...
Before they serve you this they give you a little hat sprayed with perfume - and then this dessert is meant to connote the smell. It was really good, and a lovely caramely, crispy, nutty, chocolately good time - but the perfume hat was a bit of overkill. I want the one where you are supposed to be at Camp Nou feeling Messi scoring... Next time?