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“Another value stunner”
Review of Sala Gran

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Ranked #13 of 155 Restaurants in Palafrugell
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$32 - US$59
Cuisines: Spanish
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Dining options: After-hours, Reservations
Description: You knew that Josep Pla was a lover of grilled fish, he said: "Let me say at once that I am every day more supportive of the cuisine of the grilled fish: never to the griddle! Crustaceans should be made in this way all the most important." Have you tasted the real taste of the fish from the Palamos fish market? Sala Isaac is a gastronomic restaurant of group Sala Gran where we specialize in the art of grilled sea cuisine, an ancestral technique, direct and natural, updated by Isaac Sabria, merging current techniques and concepts with the aroma of authentic ember. There is a phrase from Josep Pla that perfectly defines our concept: "Everything is hot. It's a good program, you can do a lot of things." In the Sala de Isaac we use the best products of proximity, bought directly from the producers like the rice of the Estany de Pals, to make one of the best rice in the area, vegetables in Rupia, Cruilles, peas and strawberries in Sant Pol de Mar and the fish in the Palamos fish market, we also work directly with many artisanal dairies in Catalonia. All this with a dining room that combines rustic stone with modern lighting, warm and cozy to make you feel at home. Do you want to come to the Isaac Room to enjoy the authentic cuisine of the grilled fish? We will wait for you!
Reviewed 21 July 2011

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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Reviewed 24 October 2010

I love Sala Gran but only if I want to take the wife's parents out for Sunday lunch. The food is superb, the house wine is lovely, the setting is very smart, the service is on the slow side, but the prices are very reasonable for such a great place.

Probably not the place to have a rip roaring drunken night out, but it doesn't pretend to be that either.

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