If you are around the northern Costa Brava and want a break from the over-priced sea food restaurants that litter the coast, go inland on the C-66 (extension of the C-31) from Palamos, skirting Palafrugell and heading for La Bisbal/Girona. Some 3+ kilometres past Palafrugell you will find the hamlet of Llofriu, and Sala Gran with its ample parking.
The building is a lovely old stone ‘masia’ with elegant table settings. We had been there on a few occasions in the evening; excellent pan-seared foie gras. But this time we went for lunch; the famous ‘menu del díá’ of weekday Spain. If you have been put off by indifferent €8 ‘menus’, this is something totally different. At €15 it is way more than twice the value.
We started with some amuses-bouche (I’m not kidding – lovely escabeche morsels; then the classic Catalan pan-con-tomate). For starters I chose rock mussels done on the griddle and my wife had crunchy bacalau (salt cod) croquettes with salad. The mussels were fresh as sea-water with a lovely smoky edge. We were served a bottle of still water and two generous glasses of a well-known Empordá wine.
This was followed by a classic farcit of chicken with caramelized onions (no added sugar!! – just slooooow cooked) and stewed fruit, while my better half had a (boneless) rock fish seared ‘a la plancha’ in garlic oil. We then both had the ‘recuit’ a type of cottage cheese (but ‘n’ levels better than the lumpy product) made from clotted cream, and served with a cherry preserve instead of the usual honey. We ended with two coffee ‘cortados’.
€30 for 2 (excluding tip). How's that??!!
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