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Reviewed May 24, 2019 via mobile

I visited with my husband and brother-in-law for our evening meal. The place looks lovely and has a homely and authentic Spanish feel to it. The hosts couldn’t be any nicer, especially the man who served us. He apologised for his basic English, but in...fact he spoke very well, which helped us a great deal as our Spanish is basic. He had such a lovely, positive and friendly attitude as well. They started by serving bread and when we asked about butter we were told they had some good aioli... he wasn’t lying, it was fantastic! We enjoyed it so much they brought out extra bread and we had extra aioli with our main. The croquette started we’re delicious - especially the mushrooms ones! They were served with a fresh salad and we were all impressed. We all had steak for mains, again, delicious. Our waiter said they could cook it a bit more if we wanted, which was a very nice and accompanying offer, but there was no need to cook it any more. To finish I had tiramisu, husband had chocolate mouse and brother-in-law had the white chocolate cake/pastry type thing... they were all great but the white chocolate was by far the best! Unfortunately we were so busy enjoying the great food that I only remembered to take a photo of the starter. I would definitely recommend going here and I hope we get the chance to visit again in future.More

Date of visit: May 2019
Reviewed November 11, 2018

We stayed in Ullastret with some close Catalan friends who have a place there. While my friends were off to a nearby market, I walked a short distance to Can Quel restaurant. It was the second time I visited this restaurant having stopped the day...before for some beverages. In this case, it was breakfast. I had a couple of cups of excellent coffee and a tortilla (Spanish Omelet). The tortilla was served hot, unlike many places where the food sits under a warming lamp. Service was very good. I sat outside in the patio area with a golden retriever and enjoyed looked at this old village while having a good breakfast. Hopefully, I will get a chance to visit again.More

Date of visit: September 2018
Reviewed October 8, 2017

We decided to stop here for a drink. the service was so friendly that we had a look at the menu. the squid was a special so we ordered. had a great bottle of local wine, croquettes, salads, pig cheeks, rabbit, steak, veal and chips...during our time in Ullastret. one waiter speaks good English and is extremely kind and helpful. after 9pm the place fills with locals. on our final night the place was full, spilling out into the square. It was a celebration, but we were made to feel most welcome by the staff. a great place!More

Date of visit: August 2017
Reviewed September 8, 2017 via mobile

If you're staying in the village, you can go down to this restaurant and order food with a few hours notice. The chef will cook up the food on plates, wrap it up for transport and trust you to bring cutlery back the next day....We we're so impressed with the takeaway food, we spent a night there that was awesome! I suggest a visit to this restaurant when you're in the area, the atmosphere is amazing, food is delish, service is fast and friendly and portion sizes are huge!More

Date of visit: September 2017
Reviewed June 13, 2017 via mobile

This place was a real treat as I was running errands and realized time was about to run out on lunch. Lunch in the Emporda is from 1:00-3:00 usually. If you miss this window you could be out of luck! So I quickly headed into...the historic walled city in the valley for a quick bite. There were a couple other spots filled with tourists but at Can Quel you heard the clatter of old school Catalan being spoken - all inside because the heat was too much to be any other place. While anything other then Castellano (Spanish) and Catalan was hard to come by, there is little that a good wi-fi, google translate, and a kind smile can't you through. This place cooked like my grandmother! The menu was 15€ and I had to roll out of there fully stuffed with a belly as happy as can be. This is a local pub, so not a fancy place, but instead a good old fashioned pub with home made deliciousness! Looking forward to stumbling in here again soon.More

Date of visit: June 2017
Reviewed September 7, 2016

This is where the locals eat in this beautiful old village. The ladies just wanted salad but as the waiter said that they had snails I persuaded them to share a bowl whilst I had one for myself and how we enjoyed them. They came...in great bowls, not your French six or twelve. Stewed with bits of pork, red pepper, onion and tomatoes, they were a real taste of Catalan food. Delicious. Whilst the girls enjoyed their different salads I had a very good roasted duck's leg. And all for less than your average uk pub prices.Very good value for money indeed.More

Date of visit: September 2016
Reviewed September 30, 2015 via mobile

10/10 best food we've had in three years of eating in the Costa Brava what can I say always pays to follow white van man lunchtime menu to die for. Catalan bean & fish starter / aubergine with mozzarella, duck or rabbit to follow.

Date of visit: September 2015
Reviewed July 13, 2015

We stayed in Ullastret for a few days last September and this was our regular spot for breakfast, lunch or diner. The staff are so friendly and patient with us as we try to learn a little bit more of the language every visit! The...food options were great and they served lovely desserts. We will definitely be back for a visit.More

Date of visit: September 2014
Reviewed November 9, 2014

Found this restaurant by chance, and have visited many times since, typically Catalan cuisine, nothing too much trouble, the food was and is excellent and Jordi, the camarero, was a pleasure to meet. Lunchtime specials menu really must be explored!

Date of visit: July 2014
Reviewed August 12, 2013

The sleepy walled town of Ullastret is lucky to have this gem. We ate here three times during our stay in the area and were never disappointed. The smiling young man who served us could not have given better service - we were the only...'foreigners' in the restaurant each time we visited and clearly the staff knew most of the other customers - Spanish couples and families. The restaurant is not open every evening so you will need to check and they do not start serving until 20.30 so don't go early! All the home-cooked food we had was really good- a range of substantial dishes including rabbit, chicken, lamb chops and steak. This are not tapas portions - they are more like large raciones so take care! Try the local house red (served chilled) - well worth a whirl. Although your stomach might be over-stretched your wallet will not be!More

Date of visit: May 2013
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  • Food: 4
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  • Value: 4.5
  • Atmosphere: 3.5