Your mouth will be watering by the time you finish reading about this series of restaurants in different parts of the region, all of which are ideal for a luxury gourmet break in summer (or all year round, of course). Not to mention the magnificent DO Empordà wine list that these restaurants will tempt you with … 🙂
GOURMET FOOD ON THE COAST
Fine dining overlooking the sea is a luxury which is not within everyone’s reach. Cadaqués just has to be the most picturesque place for doing so on the Costa Brava. This village is always worth a visit, particularly considering its wide range of restaurants. The pretty terrace of Enoteca MF is a great place to share a selection of creative tapas paired with wines from the Martín Faixó winery, owned by the same family as the restaurant. The family project also includes the restaurant Can Rafa, run by Rafa and Carmen together with their children, where their seasonal cuisine based on excellent local produce has become a village tradition. This same tradition is respected by the family-owned restaurant Es Baluard and the mythical Casa Anita, open since 1940.
By the sea, in volcano country or at the foot of the Cadímountains… It’s up to you!
Restaurant Compartir has made a name for itself in Cadaqués, with its creative, innovative cuisine. It is owned by the three chefs at the award-winning Barcelona restaurant Disfrutar, who are disciples of Ferran Adrià’s culinary art. In Llançà, the kitchen team at Els Pescadors under chef Lluís Fernández Punset, the founders’ son, seek excellence in hearty family cuisine at this historic locally famous restaurant. But if you’re looking for something more original, then plan a visit to Taberna Cal Barber or La Tastolletes in Sant Antoni de Calonge. Both these restaurants are on the seafront and are included in the DO Empordà Wine Route. The former specialises in locally-sourced, sustainable, organic ingredients and the latter in original, surprising, locally-sourced signature cuisine.
FROM THE PLAIN TO THE MOUNTAINS
A bit further inland there is also excellent cuisine, with some restaurants even specialising in (chargrilled) seafood, like Sala Gran in Llofriu. Then, in Pals, you’ll also find the restaurant Vicus, under chef Damià Rafecas, whose menu surprises diners every season with a new take on traditional recipes, creating excellent innovative Catalan cuisine.
Fans of mountain cuisine shouldn’t miss the chance to visit Olot, the cradle of volcanic cuisine, and also the location of La Quinta Justa. The expert team running this restaurant set in an Art Nouveau building use local ingredients like Santa Pau beans, farro cornflour porridge, black turnips and potatoes from La Vall d’en Bas, to come up with excellent traditional Catalan cuisine, with just the right amount of innovation and new twists. And there’s nobody in Olot that hasn’t gone back time after time to the restaurants Hostal dels Ossos and L’Hostalet, the latter set in the beautiful village of Els Hostalets d’en Bas, to savour authentic volcanic cuisine.
And let’s go from volcanic cuisine to high mountain specialities … In Das, in the Cerdanya region, we can taste succulent dishes made with chicory, potatoes, morels and partridge at the restaurant Das 1219.
We don’t want to get carried away, but there are just so many options … 🙂