Wednesday, June 03, 2015

World's number one

Most tourists to Spain will tell you that gastronomy is not the country's  trump card. If you want good food, you'd be better off going to France or Italy, even Britain. That is probably because most of the restaurants serving tourists have a similar menu of traditional Spanish dishes including of course paella.

Search further though and you will find restaurants at the vanguard of haute cuisine; preparing imaginative dishes that can compete with the best in the world. The proof of that comes with the list of the World's 50 Best Restaurants. Last year Noma, the Danish restaurant that serves items like deep-fried moss, came top. This year the Spanish restaurant El Celler de Can Roca pushed Noma into third place with Osteria Francescana taking second place. The top British restaurant, Heston Blumenthal’s Dinner, only managed seventh place and there was an absence of French restaurants in the top 10.

So where is El Celler de Can Roca?

In Girona, Catalonia - run by three brothers who produce food described as “imaginative” by Michelin who gave it three stars in 2009. There are only places for 45 diners so there is a backlog on bookings meaning you will have to wait at least seven months for a table. Out of 1,072 reviews on Trip Advisor, 931 gave it five stars and raved about the 300 euro meal they had enjoyed.

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