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Trip Report Costa Brava - Food heaven....

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Firstly, thanks (again) to Ekscrunchy who bought this whole fabulous region to our attention last year. We visited Barcelona and Begur in May last year and loved them so much we decided to revisit.

I won’t go into great detail about all the fabulous villages and places we have been over the last 2 visits but suffice to say we are very seriously looking into buying a holiday home in Begur (if only we could afford a villa  – the house prices here are amongst the most expensive in the whole of Spain) The Costa Brava is a wonderful area to explore, with wonderful inland and costal villages and I can honestly say I don’t think we have ever eaten better on a holiday, virtually no dud food!

Any how I thought I would just mention some of the great places we ate this holiday.
HIGH (and I mean HIGH) on the list was lunch at El Cellar de can Roca (in Girona) I booked this in January and about 4 weeks ago it was voted the best restaurant in the world!!! – BUT would it live up to it?…. Nearly as high on the list was Tickets – an upscale tapas bar in Barcelona, run by the guys behind El Bulli…..more on those 2 later…..

We flew into Barcelona, hired a car and Begur is an easy 1 hour 45 minutes on the Motorway

We decide to hire a Villa this time around in Begur as we had extended our stay to 7 days. Last time we stayed in the fabulous hotel Aiguaclara. which we loved. However we did book a table in their restaurant which we went back to on the first night. (A sample of the menu can be found on their website)

It was as wonderful as last time, they do have a 3 course fix prix menu for around 27e (they will reduce the price if you only have 2 courses) and the drinks are all very competitively priced. I had an amazing Steak (supp of 6e) Clara and Joan (the owners) greet you like old friends and this boho chic restaurant has a buzzy atmosphere every night. Be aware, it is closed Sunday through Tuesday. (open on a Tuesday June to Oct)
Bookings are essential as I watched them turn people away all night (it was the same last year) Saturday was very busy and I know they do a Vinyl night on a Friday. We decided to eat there again on the Thursday as they had a Flamenco night (man playing guitar not a lady with castanets) that was absolutely brilliant; I really hope they continue this all summer. Not one person left whilst these guys were playing. One of our favourite nights of the holiday. I would say an essential restaurant choice for food and atmosphere if staying in Begur or the surrounds…..

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    Another of our ABSOLUTE favourite in Begur is Can Clements Platillos (no web -Carrier Pi I Rallo – just off the main square (tel: 972 62 25 02) this is a tiny tapas bar and again bookings are essential (you might be able book that day for the evening but we popped in on Saturday night for a Sunday night booking and had the last 2 seats at the bar - we love eating at the bar - i would not risk not being able to get in here, book in advance). The chef trained at El Bulli (and it shows) but it’s not molecular gastronomy, it’s upscale “small plates “ or Platillos. We also came here twice last year and I have been dreaming about it ever since. Stand out dishes, wild salmon with a wasabi paste on top (so good I had it a few nights later…..) goats cheese bon bon (wrapped in flaky pastry) with a honey and mustard dressing, the “lasagne” oh and the croquettes! they recommend 3 “plattilos each and a desert, which I think is about right. It’s busy but the service is good and freindly and the food good value. For 3 platillos each (they vary in price) D had 1 pudding, 3 glasses of wine I had 1 glass of cava, a coffee and a contreau and a half ltre of water the bill was 74e. They do serve very late (someone was waiting for our seat and we were leaving at about 10:40……) again a MUST place to dine if in the area. Be – aware it is closed on a Monday night.

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