El Celler de Can Roca
Time Out says
If your idea of complete happiness is good food and the sensations you enjoy while eating at a restaurant table, El Celler de Can Roca will make you euphoric
Girona has one of the best restaurants in the world. It may be an easy phrase to say, but it's a fact that's been difficult to achieve. Just ask the three Roca brothers who, since 1986, have been working non-stop to create a restaurant that is so exceptional and excellent that trying to find a really appropriate adjective runs the risk of falling far short.
If you're one of those people for who good food and the sensations that you can enjoy while eating at a restaurant table create complete happiness, then Joan in the kichen, Josep in the dining-room and wine cellar, and Jordi in charge of desserts, are your fairy godfathers who can bring you maximum happiness. Their daily objective is to excite their customers, enabling them to live a magical experience from the moment they arrive to the moment they leave. To make it possible, around 70 professionals and the best local and international ingredients are at the service of around barely 50 diners. But the equation isn't complete without a third variable that involves culinary tradition, the avant-garde, research and the Rocas' own way of being and thinking.
Without ever losing their origins in Catalan cooking, which they learnt from their mother and the family restaurant of Can Roca, located a few metres from El Celler (and where the staff go for lunch each day), the three brothers have conquered the global gastronomy scene. They've even created new cooking techniques that have become trends which other restaurants around the world now employ.
Do you dare give it a try? Well, in 2013 a new reservation system was introduced to avoid an interminable wait for getting a table. How it works now is that at midnight on the 1st of each month, the reservations open for the next 11 months.