We had high hopes for Massana, given the reviews and its location in Girona. Indeed, the moment you walk in, you know you are in for a special treat. The dining rooms are spacious, tables perfectly separated and decor and tone picture perfect.
What we were not prepared for was the friendly staff which immediately determined whether they should converse in Spanish, Catalan or English and who displayed good humor, competence, and a very thorough knowledge of the evening's menu.
Because we were driving back to Figueres, we felt it imprudent to order a bottle of wine, so we asked the sommelier to pick out a couple of glasses, each to match what we had ordered. The good fellow spent 5-10 minutes prowling his wine cellar and ultimately delivered two beautifully chosen generous glasses of red wine ($wince?). (He was also very cheerful when I mistook him for our waiter and ordered a side of bread.)
The 10-course tasting menu looked like a challenge so we settled for five dishes ala carte: each was beautifully prepared and presented. The morel mushrooms as an entree was fantastico; this is a creamy dream of a dish that could turn anyone into a vegetarian (at least for the night). The faux baked apple for dessert was equally memorable (see photo).
When we departed the chef and owner Pere Massana met us at the door, shook my hand and thanked us for coming. Final touch of class for a perfect meal. Total cost: $187.00 (U.S.).
P.S.: Here are the highly rated restaurants we ate at during a 3-week trip to Paris and the Barcelona area in May, 2014:
Kitchen Galerie, Fountain de Mars, Bistro Perigord, Le Passage (Paris)
Manairo, La Minerva, Restaurante Gorriabarcelona (Barcelona)
el Motel Restaurant (Figueres)
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