There was a time when the Sant Roc was almost as good as the Casamar in Llafranc but those days have well and truly gone now. In fact, the two establishments have gone in completely different directions with Casamar winning its Michelin star on one hand and the Sant Roc going a little downhill on the other. My latest experience of San Roc wasn't too good but I would stress that I've had lots of very good meals there and the prices are very similar to the beachfront restaurants.
The service was always slow but it now seems to have got even slower. I don't really enjoy visiting a restaurant and then sitting around for 20 minutes without a drink, a piece of bread, a little snack or anything. Once the process starts, it's not bad, but they need someone in charge, not an inexperienced waiter who has learned that the first trick is to be able to walk in and out of the room and not catch anyone's eye at all. You really shouldn't have to shout after him in a restaurant that could be brilliant. It's not his fault. It's a training issue and maybe the very experienced lady who came around at the end to process our bill should have appeared a little earlier. She may have been able to recommend a nice local red wine, because when I asked I was directed to the Rioja which to my reckoning is about 300 miles away.
The food itself really needs to improve. There's not a lot of choice of meats and the duck I had was downright chewy and my companion's pork fillet was likewise. Interestingly, he had the same dish the next day at Mas Oliver as part of a €12 menu del dia and it was superb. The starters and sweets on the other hand were quite nice.
Hey, they may have had an off day and, as I said earlier, I have eaten here on lots of occasions in the past and had a lovely meal but you can only take as you find. It's just so frustrating because the view deserves better and this really could be a stop on a culinary tour of the Girona province if they just got their act together.
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