This is a once-in-a-lifetime post.
According to the prestigious gastronomic European S. Pellegrino list, “El Celler de Can Roca” is 2012’s Second Best Restaurant in the World (“El Celler de Can Roca is possibly the least well-known restaurant to have ever held the much-vaunted number-two spot on the list, a quirk which, far from being a hindrance, has allowed the three brothers Roca to get on with what they do best. Their ’emotional cuisine’ with different ingredients and combinations can trigger childhood memories or take you back to a specific place in your past”)
According to the exclusive Covetotop blog (exclusive just because my blog has very few visitors), “El Celler de Can Roca” is the Best Restaurant in the Milky Way Galaxy.
This restaurant has three Michelin stars, of course.
I had the honor of having lunch at Can Roca and I’d like to share such an experience with my sensitive visitors.
As you can guess, getting a table there is not an easy task. You need to make a reservation months in advance, but it is well worth the effort. And in any case, getting a table is not such an impossible mission as it was in Ferran Adrià’s “El Bulli”, also in the Girona province and arguably the best restaurant in the gastronomic history of the world (now in the process of transformation into a foundation dedicated to culinary creativity).
Ok. You have got your reservation. It is day “D”. You take a taxi or drive your car to Can Roca. Do not expect an idyllic surrounding. The restaurant is located in an industrial quarter of Girona town. This is weird. Girona is a monumental city, full of art and charming streets, an old Jewish quarter, Arab baths, medieval palaces, Romanesque churches and an awesome Gothic cathedral. But such a restaurant in an industrial quarter? Yes, it is weird, but it is magic …
When you enter in Can Roca, you soon realize that you are not in just another luxury and trendy restaurant. Absolutely not. You are in a cozy and traditional Catalan house refurbished and decorated in modern style with “gusto”. A nice “patio” is in the middle of the restaurant. The attentive waiter will lead you to your place. He will suggest to you choosing the “feast menu”, a myriad of dishes with familiar and strange names, alternatively. You will select it. Oh yes, you can. And you will let the sommelier choose for you the accompanying wines (“maridaje” in Spanish). Each dish will come with a different cup of wine: red, white, Rioja, Bordeaux, Riesling … Outstanding wines selected specifically by Josep Roca for each dish you taste. You’ll enjoy an incredible marriage of food and wine. Don’t worry. You can (if you don’t drive).
Now, sat at the table, you’ll be wondering what could come first. And you see it. For starters, a tree. A real olive tree, with its roots, its trunk and its crown. These people must be crazy. It is a bonsai with caramelized olives hanging on its branches. A glimpse of the land and its products just in front of your face. Delicious «olives» that you select and pick with your hands directly from the branch …
And then, the feast beguines … Enjoy Joan Roca’s creations. This is not food. This is Art, and I am not able to describe it here, just as nobody is able to describe the Eroica Symphony in plain words …
The web page of El Celler de Can Roca is this one: www.cellercanroca.com