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:
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