Annointed in 2013 by an international panel of food critics and chefs as the best restaurant in the world, Celler de Can Roca is a life-changing experience for anybody persistent enough to get a reservation. The Roca brothers, Joan, Josep, and Jordi, showcase their masterful creations in two tasting menus, at €155 and €190; consider your visit blessed if yours includes signature dishes like lobster parmentier with black trumpet mushrooms, or Iberian suckling
pig with pepper sauce and garlic and quince terrine, or Dublin Bay prawns with curry smoke (the Rocas pioneered the technique of roasting in the aromas of spices during the cooking process). For dessert, try any of maitre confectioner Jordi's spectacular innovations. Don't be embarrassed to ask Josep, the sommelier, for guidance through the encyclopedic wine list.
Can Sunyer 48, Girona, Catalonia, 17007, Spain
Apr 27, 2010
After two visits I am still blown away by Can Roca. Sure the neighbourhood is not the best - so what? The reception is warm and welcoming and in dedicated place; the 2-table eating locals make you feel special. The wine menus (note the plural) are an experience on their own, and the beer menu - what a touch!! Almost ever single dish of the tasting menu is a new taste experience. Absolutely nothing is pedestrian. Some sour; some savoury; some creamy;
some steely. Some dishes are simply just clever. And the wine matching (if you select it) is awesome. Was everything perfect? No. If it was it would mean that no possible further progress could be made. Some may complain that the service is slow, but that is how continental Europeans like to eat. The meal IS the entertainment, not a prelude to something else. On the second visit I asked for a wine recommendation giving a price cap and was charged more. I complained. Fixed without a murmur. So I could not understand why Can Roca languished at 2 Michelin stars while other establishments with less imaginative wine lists, less 'Wow' food, less ambiance, and way less value for money, warranted 3 stars. That has now been rectified. And deservedly so. Congratulations to the Roca brothers