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“Once in a lifetime!”

El Celler de Can Roca
Ranked #1 of 498 Restaurants in Girona
Price range: $25 - $100
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Good for: Romantic, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Business meetings
Dining options: Late Night, Lunch, Dinner, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Validated Parking, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Spain
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5 reviews
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“Once in a lifetime!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 7, 2013

My husband and I booked about 6 months in advance for a Tuesday night! It was my 50th and we wanted to celebrate in style. All I can say is, it was amazing. The service, food and wine were all excellent. We had the 15 course with matching wines, each course was explained as was the wine. All I can say is, I'm glad my Mum paid!!!!

  • Visited February 2013
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London, United Kingdom
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“Three hours of theatre at the table”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 6, 2013

We had to book about a year in advance to get a table on a Saturday night at this world famous restaurant. There were a choice of two tasting menus and we opted for the feast which ran to about 15 courses. The restaurant is well known for its wine lists and they arrive in a posh trolley conveying three tomes each inches thick covering red, white and sparkling. Of course there are some ultra expensive wines but many that would look cheap by comparison to similar wines in a UK restaurant or even top end supermarket selection. Having tussled with the books we concluded that there was much to be said for opting to play safe and choose the matching wines option; literally a third of a glass of wine with each course. This threw up some amazing local wines and some sherry like offerings which would not be an obvious pairing with the food but inevitably tasted perfect.
The food experience started with a procession of different appetisers followed by a vegetable broth by which time it was clear that this was just as much about surprises,sensations and theatre than it was about actually getting fed. It would be a shame to spoil the surprises so just be prepared to go with whatever comes and if you love fish and truffles you are in for a particular treat. For anyone hoping to gorge on meat in copious quantities however I would suggest you look elsewhere.
There is a lot of precision cooking to be delivered to the table at just the right time and although the service was outstanding it might also be described as efficiently brisk at times. It is not a venue for a long relaxing romantic dinner more a marathon for those that want to explore some of the extremes of culinary possibilities.

  • Visited March 2013
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Madrid, España
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10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
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“culinary choreography”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 5, 2013

Firstly, Joan, and his 2 brothers Jordi and Josep are masterful from the kick off of entering their exquisite restaurant to the time of departure. The jewels of the Roca Brothers are splendid dining or lunch fare and with 3 Michelin Stars and 2nd place as the world´s best restaurant according to London´s Restaurant Magazine; I am inclined to agree whole heartedly. For us, it was an amazing experience from beginning to end.

  • Visited April 2012
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1 Thank margauxMadrid_Espa_a
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Jakarta
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“One of the best”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 28, 2013

About one hour and half from Barcelona, worth it to visit.
One of the best molecular gastronomy restaurant.

Food are amazing, service is excellent. Somelier has good knowledge, try wine pairing where you can taste 12 different type of wines.

  • Visited February 2013
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London, United Kingdom
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26 reviews
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“OUT OF THIS WORLD”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 25, 2013

We visited El Celler de Can Roca for Friday lunch and although expectations were high, what we experimented there was simply out of this world. We arrived 15 min earlier from the time we had booked and we were taken to the kitchen for a quick tour, where we could see briefly how they work. We were really pleased about that. Then we were taken to the table where we could see the 2 menus and we decided to have the Festival menu and the wine pairing. From there, everything went "in crescendo", every dish was perfectly and beautifully presented, and when it comes to the flavours... absolutely superb! The wines were all perfect for every dish, and we really enjoyed trying new wines that otherwise we would have never ordered by the bottle.
After we finished Josep Roca came around and we managed to talk to him, he was really nice and very surprisingly humble, this family is really special.
All in all, an amazing and superb experience that we hope we can repeat very soon!

  • Visited February 2013
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1 Thank TaniaBCN1
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