When Anthony Bourdain was brought here by Ferran Adria on one of his No Reservation adventures, I made a note that if even I found myself in Roses... flash forward and we found ourselves seated outside, surounded by a number of touristy restaurants - all that were more crowded than Rafas. No worries - we got more attention this way from the friendly staff. One explanation is that Rafas has no menus, no large blackboards shouting a pre-fixed menus, and no staff member standing outside trying to scoot you in. The waiter will tell you what is fresh that day and you decide if you want it or not. We went through nearly every type of seafood and wish we had room for more. Everything is cooked a la plancha..and is fresh beyond fresh! The gambas had a sweetness and fresh taste that will ruin you for all shrimp in the future. The baby octopus defined the word succulent! Go past Rafas kitchen to see the solitary chef in his tiny kitchen, surrounded only by his ingredients. The final bill was a bit more than other tapas dinners we had in Spain, but worth every euro!
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