“L’Hort del Rector” (Catalan language) means “The Parish Priest’s Kitchen Garden”.
It is a restaurant.
In fact, it is a wonderful, cozy, bohemian, magic, fantastic, romantic, artistic, pianistic, violinistic, philharmonic and inexpensivic restaurant; one of my absolute favorites in l’Empordà Catalonia Spain Europe the whole world.
The only problem you can face with this restaurant is to find it. It is like a hidden treasure. A treasure hidden in a little Mediterranean jungle. But don’t worry, here is your friend Covetotop to help you with his clear and accurate indications:
All clear? No?
Ok. Not yet. I guess you need more accurate indications. Here you have another one: The restaurant is located just in front of the Saint Genís church, in the village of Monells (Girona, Spain). In order to be sure you identify the Saint Genís church, you have to take into account these two important facts:
- The Saint Genís church has a Gothic apse and a Baroque façade.
- There is no other church in Monells.
Well, considering that a picture is worth a thousand words, let’s post here below a picture of the Saint Genís church:
Remember: L’Hort del Rector is located just in front of the church. Considering that two pictures are worth two thousand words …
Monells is a very picturesque little village. I’ll write a very picturesque little post about it one of these days, but not today (pic below: Monells busy main square).
The countryside around Monells is amazingly beautiful. I’ll write an amazingly beautiful post about this countryside next spring, when flowers bloom, if I am able to write amazingly beautiful posts by next spring.
For now, let’s go to the restaurant and let’s get a table …
This old house interior is very nice. There are paintings and books all over the place, one old piano, wooden furniture, ideal lights and historical photos even in the bathroom (in the men’s bathroom there is an ancient b/w portrait of an opera singer)
L’Hort del Rector is specialized in Catalan and Basque cuisine. And codfish is the king here. Some days you even can taste codfish ice cream … (I’m not kidding)
But if you don’t wish cod, don’t worry. You can taste all kind of salads (really fresh vegetables from the parish priest’s kitchen garden), rock fish terrine with salad, canelloni with cream sauce of onions and cheese, stuffed “pimientos del piquillo”, grilled vegetables, duck confit with sweet and sour sauce, veal striploin and tenderloin, “chuletón de Girona” (arguably, one of the best steaks you can taste in Europe) …
But whenever Covetotop goes to L’Hort del Rector, he may ask for cod puffs, smoked cod carpaccio, cod patties with a cream of prawns, cod with tomato marmalade and herbs, cod on a bed of spinach and honey, cod with prawns and allioli (typical Spanish garlic mayonnaise; by the way, did you know that “mayonnaise” comes from “Mahón” –“mahonesa”-, which is the capital of the Spanish island of Menorca?), cod with garlic and beans arriero (muleteer) style, cod with a cream sauce of truffles, cod with escargots in spicy tomato sauce, cod with a cream of Roquefort cheese and nuts …
The pics below show the humble dishes I had to eat the other day just to prepare this post for the joy of my little bunch of loyal readers …
1) “Pastissets” (a secret recipe of cod-balls) with a cream sauce of shrimps.
2) A special assortment of three cods: cod “L’Hort del Rector style”, cod with cream sauce of onions and cheese, and cod “de la yaya” (grandmother’s style).
3) Dessert: Recuit de Fonteta with nuts and honey.
And, of course, bread Catalan style (“pa amb tomàquet”) …
… and a local white wine (from l’Empordà).
A very friendly and attentive service will make you feel at home. I’m not totally sure if Anita, the owner, speaks all the languages of the world (probably she does) but, in any case, English-speaking people won’t have any problem here.
Musicians will feel at home too …
Restaurant L´Hort del Rector
Esglesia Street, 2, Madremanya-Monells Road; 17121 Monells
Tel: 972 63 03 96
More about the charms of Monells in: Covetotop’s “Monells, Madremanya and the noisy 21st Century“