Time Out says
Bean salad with mint and thyme soup are still on the menu of El Motel, not as traditional dishes but creations of the restaurant's founder, Josep Mercader.
To talk about El Motel you need to use a lot of emphasis. It's one of the greats of L'Empordà. In fact, some say that this is where modern Catalan cooking was born, at the hand of Josep Mercader, chef and founder of the Hotel Empordà, where El Motel is located. Mercader renovated traditional Catalan and Empordà cuisine, inspired by 'nouvelle cuisine'. Dishes that nowadays are considered part of the region's gastronomic tradition are, in fact, his creations, such as bean salad with mint, thyme soup and parsnips with blue cheese, all of which you'll still find on the Motel menu. Jaume Subirós, the current chef and Mercader's son-in-law, has continued this style, and works with fresh, seasonal ingredients in line with the rules of the modern Catalan kitchen.