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Mar 30, 2010 08:53 AM

El Celler de Can Roca, Girona

We have a reservation for Can Roca this July and we'll be going from Barcelona for lunch. Is the Renfe train the best way to get there? I don't want to drive.

BTW, want to share with Chowhound friends these great pics from Encantadisimo's flickr collection. I don't know who this person is but I thank him/her for all the wonderful food photos of Spain and Portugal! Most of us have limited time and resources so we need to be selective about our dining choices. Chowhounders in general are great about describing their experiences but sometimes, a picture is worth a million words in deciding if a certain restaurant is "the right choice". Enjoy.

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  1. The link to the pictures is great. Very inspiring. We're waiting to see if we can get a reservation.

    1. We took an early train, spent the morning 'doing the sights' in Girona and then took a cab to Can Roca. And we took a cab back to the station afterwards.
      Just be sure to check the return train times (the schedule was posted at the station) - the last train back is early evening.

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        1. re: Aleta

          Not sure if you're monitoring still, but I'm back from Spain (my email is in my profile).
          This time the best meal we had in Barcelona was at Gresca (actually rated it higher than a previous visit to Can Roca), but the astounding highlight was Sant Pau (in Pol de Mar) - also about an hour by train from Barcelona, and now my #1 meal of the past 10 years.

          1. re: estufarian

            Estufarian, welcome home! (I believe we are in the same time zone and perhaps, even the same area code). Glad to hear that you enjoyed Gresca; we have reservations already. Very interested to hear that you enjoyed Sant Pau so much, even more than Can Roca. My gastronomic seesaw is in motion again (no thanks to you!) I had been debating whether to veer towards the coast; I lived in Japan years ago and think I might appreciate the delicate sensibility and whimsy of Ms. Ruscellada's preparations. And the images of a coastal train ride plus an after-lunch coffee in her garden are very appealing... I will have to pick your brain some more before I make my ultimate decision. Fortunately, I still have time.

            1. re: Aleta

              Sant Pau provided some relief after several 'Adria-inspired' meals. This is classic Catalan cuisine - updated to 3-star sensibility. Almost no gimmicks and absolutely packed with flavour.
              Can Roca is more 'creative' - but doesn't always hit the mark (everything did at Sant Pau).
              Incidentally everything hit the mark at Gresca too. Sant Pau is my new #1 and Gresca my new #7 - of last 10 years! (Gresca was #6 until I went to Sant Pau the next day). Can Roca didn't make top 20 (but was 'only' a 2* when I was there). Incidentally ALL of #'s 2-6 are molecularly oriented.

              1. re: estufarian

                Thanks for the update. I'm working on transportation issues that would enable us to taste both Can Roca and Sant Pau. In the meantime, I'm curious to know who are your #'s 2-6? The San Sebastian favourites must be in there somewhere...

                1. re: Aleta

                  #2 Akelare
                  #3 wd-50
                  #4 La Alqueria
                  #5 El Bulli
                  #6 Mugaritz

                  Hmm - seems to be a Spanish bias there!

                  1. re: estufarian

                    Ha! I thought this was going to be your "Spain list", until I noticed WD-50 (in NY, I believe). Yes, there is a little Spanish bias :) Thanks for sharing.