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Restaurant Hotel Casamar
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Ranked #4 of 23 Restaurants in Llafranc
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Spanish
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Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations
Description: You have the hotel listed but the restaurant itself now has a Michelin star and is far better than the one star hotel which it is a part of. I think the restaurant and the hotel need two separate entries. Many people use the restaurant who don't stay atthe hotel
Reviewed June 2, 2013

We were urged to book this top rated restaurant before travelling to Lla Franc, but didn't and subsequently got in easily.
We were shown to seats for drinks and given a colourful menu, all descriptions couched in ‘flowery language’ all slightly ‘over the top’
There was a 'tasting menu' as well as a list of unfamiliar mixtures of local and unusual combination of dishes (Cod mixed with tripe etc..?). The 'peti fors was an additional unavoidable charge and they started serving at the lounge table. First off was a single ‘peeled’ olive, served on a bent spoon and just placed down on the raw table top with a brief but incomprehensible explanation. It looked like a ball of slime. Next were two implements each one containing two potato crisps. One was in a wire holder, the other in a heavy and bulky block of composition with grooves cut into it. Strange!
After we ordered we were then told the tables were ready and staff just signalled in the vague direction. No one offered to take our drinks or jackets over to the table (yes they don’t appear to have a cloakroom) we were handed a big impressive book, weighing a kilo or so and all tooled in gold and black which was the wine list. Then came the next peti fors, which was a small half-inch biscuit with crème fresh and a tiny slice of smoked salmon. These tiny peti fors were hardly worth the effort of serving. The wine was opened, we were not shown the label or given a sample, it was just glugged out and then placed out of our reach on another table as well as the water. The remarkable and highly stylised plate settings were swept away and then came the bread (no butter), several varieties and very nice but very filing. More wine and water were glugged out without comment or invitation by the taciturn wine waiter. The meal was dragged out over quite a time frame with another three passes of the fabulous bread container. The meal consisted of all protein and little vegetables. Mine turned out to be basically rice risotto and a thin slice of raw cold beef. It was a strange slimy feel eating it and I wondered how long the raw beef had been lying in the warm risotto. I was subsequently physically sick.
An American couple with their two teenage sons were at the table opposite and endured the same fate, but this time I counted six passes of the bread container (The staff must have feared a possible problem with filling the two teenagers up, given the slow service and the mediocre portions). There were lots more uninvited glugging of the wine and water, with the only comment being asked if another bottle was wanted Sir?.
The final coup de grace was when the waiter upended the bottle of red wine in my wife’s glass so that the last glass of wine was full of sediment and so was undrinkable. The American family received the same treatment, so we weren’t being singled out!
It was a truly humorous experience and we were both beside ourselves with laughter at this Fawlty Towers experience, with the female staff gliding about continuously with the stacks of bread and the taciturn wine waiter dressed in a black piny weaved his solemn route between the tables, glugging wine and water into clients glasses with gay abandon and gruff demeanour. It was an expensive experience. The food was awfully pretentious, and in my case I was sick later at the hotel.
It was so bad it was funny, but don’t go there whatever you do!

Stayed May 2013, travelled as a couple

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3  Thank DemoDave
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Reviewed May 25, 2013

Amazing location, great food, realistic price for a Michelin star quality experience. The owners are a service oriented family who provided me and my wife not only exceptional food, but also great conversation and further recommendations of restaurants on our travels up the coast. Not expensive for a Michelin star restaurant.

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Thank Murray T
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Reviewed April 12, 2013

We rarely have the treat of a gourmet restaurant. Indeed, the menu prices were higher than what we normally would afford, but as guests of the hotel we were invited to order from a special shorter menu for a very reasonable price. We still enjoyed the same high quality food with special touches and the excellent service. Quite a treat!

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Thank Marilyn W
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Reviewed April 9, 2013

My son in law reserved for my daughters birthday lunch including our 2 year old grandson.

Although it was a cold but bright day we deiced to have aperitifs on the balcony - this was no problem also we were recommended to sit inside with our grandson and we were made to feel very relaxed and welcome.

Then we had lunch it was truly exquisite and very different. The dishes were served with style and panache.
The main course red wine recommended by the sommelier was excellent.

All in all this was a memorable experience suitably befitting a special occasion and prices were very fair for such great food and service.

Well done hotel Casomar!

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Thank 128eagleye123
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Reviewed November 3, 2012

We had a wonderful meal at this restaurant.My husband and I took 2 friends to this restaurant as we had been previously and had a good meal.We reserved by email before as we knew this was a very popular place.
The service was attentive without being overdone and the food was excellent, as you would expect from a Mich. star rated restaurant The wine from the Emporda was good and when the bill came we were pleasantly surprised. I have paid more for an average meal in London.
Can recommend this place and the view in the summer is superb.

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1  Thank BaixEmporda
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