Tell us about your initial impressions of the place when you got there.
The phrase “beautifully lighted” does not convey the magnitude of the situation. According to the World’s Greatest 50 Restaurants ranking, this is one of the best places to dine in the world, so why not indulge? It’s been at the top of the charts twice. In addition, since we’re on the subject of numbers, it boasts three Michelin stars. But, to go back to lighting, if there was ever a place where you could get filter-perfect light (which is unquestionably today’s most valuable commodity), it would be here. Two of the dining area’s walls are made of glass, and they overlook a calm inner garden. In this gorgeous and thoughtful place, the crew moves about with a ghostly tread so as not to disturb you, and the airiness has a brilliant way of making you feel as if you’re the only diner there. Trust us when we say that the waiting list demonstrates otherwise.
What is the vibe of the audience like?
Everyone at this establishment is serious about their cuisine. Not a rigid, dull, conventional serious, but a serious as in impassioned, as opposed to the other way around. It is anticipated that many would board foreign planes to attend a lunch reservation.
What kind of beverage should we be having?
One of the many attractions of El Celler is the fact that it is a family-run business. Each Roca brother takes on a specific function at the restaurant, which is inspired by their parents’ establishment: Joan is the chef, Jordi is the pâtissier, and Josep is the sommelier. As a result, the wine is exquisite—you can even tour Josep’s walk-in cellar if you so want. His wine combinations, which often include sake, are known for their creativity.
The main attraction is the cuisine. Give us the dirt on everything, particularly what we shouldn’t miss.
Poetry at its very best, with some deliciously surprising meters sprinkled throughout. A truffle that you can drink, foie gras that you can crunch, and a bread dish that uses the loaf as the filler are all possibilities. What about a dish that is served on a Bonsai tree, or that has a scent that you can smell? The antics are backed up by a degree of culinary talent that completely reimagines the science of cooking, especially when it comes to low-temperature vacuum procedures.
And how did the people at the front desk treat you?
You could even get a peek of the brothers in their elegant and sleek attire.
Was there a genuine reason for us to come to this place?
The problem isn’t so much about who to travel with as it is about how to go. There are 11 months of availability before reservations may be made. A new month’s availability is made available at midnight on the first day of every month. Make a note of it, come back to it, and do it again.
Cuisine Type: Creative
Encurtidos silvestres con romesco de nueces
Pithivier de pichón con trufa y salsa de hierbas silvestres frescas
Haba de cacao
Address: Can Sunyer 48, Girona, 17007, Spain
Phone: +34 972 22 21 57
Website: El Celler de Can Roca Official Site
Hours: Closed: 8-23 August, Monday, lunch : Tuesday, Sunday
Michelin Stars: 3