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“Underwhelmed”
Review of Massana

Massana
Ranked #3 of 524 Restaurants in Girona
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Spanish
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Good for: Business meetings
Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Reviewed November 20, 2011

We were told the best restaurant in Girona was Joan Roca's 2 Michelin starred El Celler de Can Roca. We tried to get a dinner reservation 1 or 2 days in advance, however not surprisingly struck out. Going down the list, we called the 1 Michelin starred Massana, and were pleased (but surprised) to score a reservation for that very evening.

It was a weekday and the restaurant (located in a dubious area) was not crowded. This should have been a warning sign. All in all the restaurant boasted a pleasant classy ambiance and good service, however the food itself, while not bad, was missing a little something. Some hits, some terrible misses - a couple of dishes were way over salted. Although we do have a low tolerance for salt, this could not have been intended and it is a shame for a top-notch restaurant to make such careless mistakes. The server, noticing our plates going back to the kitchen virtually untouched, offered excuses such as "cod is a difficult dish..". To be fair, the portions were quite sizeable for a degustation menu, so by the time the mains were served we were already very stuffed and just did not feel up to forcing down the salty mains.

We did not see Chef Massana, however have read that he has a new restaurant called Nu so it could be that he was busy at his new restaurant. The very next night we dined at another restaurant which was coincidentally located right opposite Nu, and saw that the restaurant was packed. Still serving modern Spanish / Catalan cusine but in a casual setting, Nu might have been more enjoyable and easier on the wallet for us istead of Massana.

For a blow by blow account of our meal, my dining companion's blog:
http://edeats.blogspot.com/2011/11/girona-massana.html

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Thank MBev
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Reviewed March 1, 2011

It is a nice place and it deserves it's Michelin star OK. But after a visit there we left with some disappointment. Can't really explain why. Maybe we had visited too many starred restaurants? Everything was OK - menu (though the Russian one was not correctly translated, probably because the restaurant saved on professional translator and used one of their staff instead) was nice, wine list great, service perfect, Chef went around and communicated. But we felt it was necessary for them to do something more. Don't know what. Anyway, it is a reataurant no. 2 in Girona, no doubt.

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Reviewed August 14, 2010

Now that the restaurant has got its Michelin star, one would expect that little special effort in cooking, that touch of creativity, for which one comes to a Michelin-starred place. Although the recipes were novel and unusual, the food turned out to be uninspiring, some secret ingredient was missing. Ravioli with black pudding did not taste like a perfect match, grilled scallops were just ok, duck foie with a poached egg was unmemorable, and finally, the mango icecream and yogurt desert definitely lacked the creativity touch. The service was ok, if at times overbearing.

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Thank smartnik
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Reviewed October 22, 2009

Having read the reviews we decided that this was the place to eat for our latest one night stopover in Girona, a city we have visited many times and love.
We found the venue, which if you were not looking for, you would not know was a restaurant and we went in and booked a table for that evening, the place was very busy and the menu looked interesting.
We duly arrived at 9 and there were no other diners there which in all fairness is not unusual for Spain, but which should allow for excellent service.
We were shown to a table and had to hang our coats on the back of our chairs and we were then brought the menus, various people came in and out of the kitchen, no one acknowledged us further until well over 10 minutes later when a waitress came over with a pad to collect our food order. At no point had we been offered a smile, a wine list, a drink or an explanation of the various menus, tasting with or without wine or the a la carte.
We were so disappointed with this first impression that we decided to leave as the thought of spending what would have been a fairly hefty bill in such unwelcoming surroundings did not appeal, so we are unable to comment on the quality of the food but to us it is about the whole package and this was certainly a very depressing start to our evening.
By the way this is the first time that we have ever done this anywhere as we are very laid back and do not require fawning but a certain level of service is expected .

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Reviewed September 20, 2009

went to Massana on a 3 day trip to beautiful Girona.Menu in Spanish although staff explained owner spoke english and would be happy to translate.We being daing....well on holiday do as the romans do...and all that . We decided on aset meal for two with wine at 35euros........it was delicious,gave us the opportunity to try mant things we wouldn't ordinarily have......at the end of the meal .......we were delighted,more that sated.beautiful restaurant, musicians play as you eat. great food and wine.

Thank YorkshireCosta
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