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Restaurant Turandot
Ranked #2 of 86 Restaurants in Begur
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $27 - $53
Cuisines: Mediterranean, Spanish, Contemporary, Fusion
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Good for: Romantic
Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations
Description: Tiny and cozy restaurant, located inside a peculiar house. Our food is fresh, varied, respectful... with our tradition and the products we carefully select. We don't like labels much. We don't claim to be a gastronomic top restaurant, nor solely a traditional one. We just do what we like and how we like it to be done, with passion and trying always to attend all the small details. We are proud to think that we've created a small food place,, intimate, relaxed, where you can have a good time, a nice meal, even a date... but above all, a place where you feel comfy, like at home, like our special guests...
Reviewed October 26, 2011

We had called in a few weeks back to find that they did not open in the evenings off-season. In the area again, we booked for a Sunday lunch on 23 Oct. Five of us were treated to a super menu del dia - three courses, wine and extras came to 114 euros. Home made cooking; super - and very patient - service from the waitress.

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Thank spaddockuk
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Reviewed September 24, 2011

Truly had an amazing dinner with excellent service. We will probably go back before leaving the region..

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Reviewed August 2, 2011

My husband and I were lucky enough to go to Turandot on a recommendation from our hotel. It was a Wednesday night, and there was only one other family in the dining room, while up the street, the restaurants were jam-packed. Boy are people missing out! The food is all locally-sourced and fresh but with innovative preparations and presentations. I had the market fish of the day, which was turbot, and my husband had the most delicous cassoulet of his life. My mouth waters when I think about that fish and the vegetables that were served with it -- so simple but so delicious! The woman who was our server was so sweet...she obviously really loved food and wine, and we enjoyed our conversation with her. The icing on the cake was after the meal, when we asked about the cost of getting a cab back to our hotel, she returned to our table with an offer from the chef to give us a ride back! He and his wife were so gracious. And I'm so glad they gave us a lift, because that walk down the road would have been pretty scary. This place is a true hidden gem!

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1  Thank lovinlifeinsausalito
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Reviewed August 9, 2010

In the height of summer Begur is mobbed. Everyone wants to eat in the many centrally located eateries and there are a number of good value places to choose from (if you can get in!).
We had a night away from the kids and wanted something special within walking distance of the town centre. That ruled out a trip to the fairly local Hotel Aigublava. the parador or Sa Punta or further afield to the excellent Can Fabes, Can Roca or Ca L'Enric.
We booked the Aiguaclara. In the past it had been a good place to eat and had a menu degustation. When we arrived and saw the menu we realised the direction of the Aiguaclara restaurant had completely changed since our last visit. Don't get me wrong, it is still charming and the staff still as friendly; the emphasis of the food however is now more urban eatery than gastro restaurant. The ever charming owner of the Aiguaclara was very understanding when we explained and pointed us in the direction of Platillos (also reviewed here on Tripadvisor). When we arrived at Platillos and looked at the restaurant and menu we realised that it is essentially gastro tapas. Again, no discourtesy intended; the menu looked very interesting and the restaurant looked unpretentious if small. It again just didn't seem to tick the right boxes.
I then recalled seeing the Turandot as we had driven into Begur. It is on calle Onze de Setembre and chances are (given the one way system) that if you drive into the centre of Begur you too will pass it. It has always been a restaurant, but has never done terribly well in summer due its slightly removed location from the centre. A few years ago we had a terrible meal there when it was being run by the Can Pipes group (who I think now have a hand in the Platillos restaurant).
It now has a new light, tasteful, elegant interior and a very interesting carte and degustation menu.
When we arrived (at about 9.30pm which is a little earlier than peak time but still prime time) the restaurant was empty. That never boosts confidence. Having looked at the menu we decided to give it a go... and we were very glad we did.
Having got over the shock of seeing us we were shown to a lovely window table and then proceeded to order drinks and look over the menu. There was then a very long pause. We joked that the staff had rung the chef to tell him that his presence was needed and he was dashing down the road to the restaurant. We wondered after the event if that joke may have actually been close to the truth.
The meal itself was excellent. The menu had many interesting dishes all based on local produce with quite a 'mar y montana' feel to it. This was reflected in certainly two of the dishes we had which combined fish with mushrooms. The mise-bouches were excellent (anchoas and gazpacho). For starter I had an excellent tartar of hake, salmon and prawn and my partner had scallops with girolles and a fantastic strawberry salad. For main I had bacalao (salt cod) with wild mushrooms. It was a huge, perfectly cooked piece of bacalao the likes of which I have rarely tasted with a quite superb wild mushroom sauce. Excellent. My partner's less adventurous main course of prawns from Palamos reflected the fact the ingredients here are top notch and the chef has considerable skill. With coffee, water and the most expensive bottle of white wine on the menu the bill was just over 100 euros.
After we finished the meal we had a chat with the chef who was in the bar area and was keen to explain the lack of trade (only one other couple came in during the night). Apparently the restaurant only started up this year and the months leading up to summer had been quite succesful. Apparently the summer months led to a downturn as everyone was interested in 'terrace dining' as he put it. There may be some truth in that statement. However, I think that a blinkered view on being a particular type of restaurant may not serve them well in the long term. In current economic climes this is a restaurant which could adapt and offer something to entice a wider audience (no Turandot pun intended).
Given the lack of gastronomic options in Begur I hope this restaurant does well. In terms of quality it deserves to.

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