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“Fairly disappointed”

El Celler de Can Roca
Ranked #1 of 501 Restaurants in Girona
Price range: US$25 - US$100
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Good for: Local cuisine, Business meetings, Romantic, Special Occasion Dining
Dining options: Lunch, After-hours, Dinner, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Validated Parking, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Basel, Switzerland
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78 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
“Fairly disappointed”
Reviewed 17 June 2014

The restaurant was beautiful and the tour of the kitchen was highly appreciated. Some courses and elements were spectacular particularly the white asparagus and truffle viennetta, the razor clam with sea anemone and seaweed dish as well as the goose dish. Presentation was mostly stellar, particularly the mandala inspired dish. Pacing throughout was also good.

However we echo many of the points raised by the other average/poor reviews:

1- It is strange that there was only 1 toilet for men and 1 for women which looked very basic.

2- The both of us had specific dietary requirements and after checking with another waiter, we figured out that the waitress served us the dish meant for the other person. The waitress never apologised.

3- Vegetable consommé as 1st of 13 courses was very bland.

4- The broth that came with the squid dish and the red mullet dish tasted the same and was much too intense. It also had a similar taste to the prawn cracker which was part of the canapes.

5- Many dishes lacked texture (and taste) and were rather one dimensional.

6- When they did try to add texture which resulted in the chocolate anarchy dessert which must have had at least 10 components, they got the flavours all wrong and many components were just not great.

For EUR 195 for the tasting menu, you can certainly eat better in many other 1 or 2 star restaurants in London and Copenhagen for a lot cheaper.

  • Visited June 2014
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Heule, Belgium
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100 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“High expectations”
Reviewed 17 June 2014

About a year ago we made reservations in this restaurant. Then It was the number 1 best restaurant in the world (now, 2014 it's number 2).
So you can imagine how high my expectations were.
Did the celler meet my expectations you ask?
Yes they did! Awesome setting and great food combinations.
We took the Feast menu (195 € + 90 for matching wines). This was a journey of magnificent food and a story on its own. Price is quite resonable if you check other restaurants in this range.
Only downside was that the dishes came quite fast (no time to recover here).

  • Visited June 2014
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Thank KageDu
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WINDSOR,UK
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86 reviews
72 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 203 helpful votes
“Absolutely fabulous and definitely worth a visit”
Reviewed 8 June 2014

Having booked 12 months prior to celebrate my birthday in El Celler de Can Roca, we made our way to Barcelona and then Girona for a few days with the objective of dinner and then lunch the following day in El Celler.

We were more than impressed with our visit . From the moment of arrival we were warmly welcomed and received reconfirmation of my vegetarian status and what precisely I ate. I then discovered that a specific gastronomic menu had been created for me that evening, and a completely separate menu the following day which was much appreciated, particularly considering that vegetarians are not well catered for in Spain.

The triangular glass design of the restaurant itself facing in towards towards 12 trees is both unique and very tranquil,

Service on the first evening by a lovely young lady who has been employed at the restaurant for nearly three years, and who spoke very good English was wonderful.

For the lunch on the second day there were a few minor issues in service, but these were overcome by the truly superb creations being served by the kitchen. Our desserts on our second meal in particular were outstanding as were several of the non vegetarian courses that my partner received .

We will definitely visit again and highly recommend this temple of gastronomy

  • Visited May 2014
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1 Thank CBB99
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Swansea, United Kingdom
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14 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“Perfect”
Reviewed 6 June 2014

just perfect really well worth a visit for a special occasion, service was delightful as well as the amazing food

  • Visited September 2013
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Thank BonnVivant
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Girona, Spain
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68 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
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“Just the best gastronomic experience”
Reviewed 27 May 2014

We have been luckily and live in the same city of this restaurant.
Of course, you cannot go there everyday(that's why there's their mother restaurant close to it), and the meal is so tasty.
It's just great, it's not science, it's art. It's said to be one of the best restaurants of the world, and I promise it's worth it.

  • Visited March 2014
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2 Thank Jordijordijordi
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