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“Simply the best”
Review of El Taller

El Taller
Ranked #1 of 1 Restaurants in Taurinya
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $16 - $47
Cuisines: Delicatessen, Contemporary, Healthy
Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Reviewed August 23, 2012

The situation of this restaurant is breath-taking. As you eat you are surrounded by mountains with lovely views down the valley towards Prades. A short drive beyond St Michel de Cuixa, it is certainly well worth the detour!
The welcome is warm and friendly. the atmosphere relaxed and the food is spectacular. Presentation is beautiful and the blending of different flavours is superb, El Taller is open year round so in Winter you can eat in, beside full length windows looking over the valley. Weekdays there is a Menu du Jour, At the weekend there are two Menus, around 26 and 35 euros, but you can mix and match between them and eat a la carte. There is a wide choice and all the food is fresh, local where possible and beautifully prepared. The children's menu offers a meat or fish option, but be warned, El Taller does not do chips! We have been many times and have never been disappointed. Book in Summer.

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1  Thank LondonAnthea
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Reviewed August 9, 2012

Being in the area (a quiet village just north of the splendid abbey of St Michel de Cuixa) we decided on what we thought would be a simple lunch in the local Bistrot de Pays. El Taller is much more than that - the food and its presentation is worthy of a Michelin star. We only had the formule de midi - a steal at 17.50 euros - rather than the slightly more expensive menus mentioned by other reviewers, but it was superb! There is no need to spend a fortune at this lovely restaurant as the plat de jour is better than the a la carte in many other much more expensive places. The setting is breathtaking also. We sat outside on the decked terrace with a sublime view of the Canigou to the north and to the South, the hills of the Conflent. My husband and I always argue about who has the best seat but this time it was impossible to chose. The plat de jour was two veal tournedos with selection of delectable vegetables and a small side salad. If we had had this on its own, it would only have been 15 euros but we plumped for dessert also which was similarly delicious. If you are in the area: visiting Prades or the abbey, do please give it a try. You will not be disappointed I promise.

2  Thank AnneOEastMidlands
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Reviewed July 16, 2012

Taurinya is just a couple of miles from the famous abbey of St Michel de Cuxa and the restaurant El Taller truly delivers heavenly food. The dining room is light and airy with interesting art work on the walls and the terrace covered by sail shaped material affords shade for diners who want to eat outside at this time of the year.
As the evening was windy we decided to eat indoors, and enjoyed a drink at the bar before taking our places and choosing from the two menus. My husband's choice was a rocket soup topped with whipped goat's cheese and cream. This was followed by king prawns with mixed vegetables, which were just melt in the mouth. I enjoyed stuffed veal escalopes and the other guests had salmon which rapidly disappeared. The waitress and waiter were charming and very efficient, making sure we always had bread ( home made) and drinks.
The desserts are to die for, it is difficult to choose, but all are excellent and as all the food here, beautifully presented. The staff who are young were friendly and discreet. We had a wonderful relaxing evening eating delicious food, bravo the chefs and bravo the staff. We highly recommend this restaurant and feel it is the best place to eat in this area.

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4  Thank bigatanes
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Reviewed July 15, 2012

Excellent restaurant. Have visited several times. Only dissapointed once, as we did not book.
Always book in the holiday season

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Reviewed February 12, 2012

The restaurant is in a very modern building in the little village of Taurinya in the Eastern Pyrenees - off the beaten track just south of Prades. El Taller is most certainly worth a visit. They have two three-course menus, one at EUR 26,50 and the Gourmand dinner at EUR 35 (£30). Indivdual dishes may be ordered from each menu at slightly higher prices. The service is very friendly and attentive. We came early at 18:30, enjoying a special beer, l'Alzina from Bouleternere, in the bar waiting for the restaurant to open for orders between 19:30-21:00. Already at 19:00 we had a table ready and chose the Gourmand dinner along with an excellent bottle of white wine, L'Astre Blanc from Banyul at EUR 23 (£19,40). It was worth every penny! The starter, a Gourmand Salade was very good with a mixed salad along with pate, foie gras, bread with fruit and other specialties. The main course was an excellent veal tournedos with vegetables well prepared. My wife had large prawns and really enjoyed then. The finale was a Goürmand Coffee consisting of a cup of espresso accompanied by three sets of delicious cakes, some hot, some cold and with a wonderful sweet in a glass. We spent well over two hours at the table and enjoyed every minute. The friendly waitress saw to that we felt very well looked after at all times and also ensured that we had amble time between the main course and the dessert. This is our third visit to El Taller and they never fail to impress us with their food and service. As a bonus they have changing painting exhibitions on their walls. They do not have a Michelin Star, although in our opinion they deserve it more than some others in the region.

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