Hidden in the maze of narrow streets above the seafront in L'Escala, Korpilombolo doesn't look particularly special until the moment you sit down and cast your eye over the menu.
It's a fairly modest bill of fare, but so well-prepared and beautifully served that you soon forget that you're eating what is essentially a Catalan nouvelle-cuisine tapas.
Croquettes laced with chorizo may not sound anything special, but these little pellets of wonder are simply amazing. The salad with a dusting of crisp Italian ham was crisp and refreshing. And what seems ridiculous - a hamburger with bearnaise sauce - turns out to be a very rare, seared-at-the-edges delight that's beautifully ground and shaped, with a whipped bearnaise that's so light you can't believe it's related to the thick, gloopy sauces you've become used to elsewhere.
Desserts are equally interesting: chocolates dusted with salt? It works! Wines are very well selected and not at all badly priced. A full meal for two with a bottle will set you back 35 euros a head, and you will hopefully feel as well-fed as if you'd had a six-course blowout.
Korpilombolo is the sort of place you want to remember and share with friends. Try it.