Discovering Costa Brava’s Bounty: Part III
Catalan dance in Barcelona
Catalan cuisine is something to celebrate. Below are two must-eat restaurants of Costa Brava.
Marc Genes of Visit Emporda
and Alba Plana of Costa Brava Tourist Board
introduced my group of travel bloggers to locals excited to share their tables brimming with goodness. Outside the Museu de la Mediterrania
we sampled raw and cured sausages prepared as they were in the 14th century; brunyols, fried, sugared dough similar to beignets; local apples, bread, tomatoes, and wine.
Our one day in L’Estartit meant sink or swim to manage two big events– snorkeling the Medes Islands
and a meal. Why we all didn’t sink after lunch at La Gaviota is a mystery. Located beachfront, it was my favorite restaurant of the eight delicious days I spent feasting on Costa Brava
. From Lloret de Mar
through the Baix Empordà region, nature’s bounty of foods locally grown and freshly caught made tasting experiences simply exquisite.
La Gaviota. L’Estartit
Restaurant La Gaviota in L’Estartit
Deciding from all the choices was difficult.
Seafood lovers, this Poulpe a la galicienne (Octopus Galician style) is the best dish I’ve ever had. It could have easily been my meal rather than the starter.
Main course, Hake donostiarra style
Thanks to the staff and our gracious host. owner Lluis Pigem.
South of L’Estartit was the most beautiful restaurant of the tour, a once-casino and terrace under a magnolia tree that reminded me of home. The presentation of starters; their signature dish, Pals rice casserole; and the best macaroon dessert I’ve ever had relaxed us so much after a bike ride we needed a double expresso to continue our journey.
Classy food, classic place
We wondered if this was the casino’s safe in bygone days
Scallops with cream of leek and truffle oil
Foie grass with figs and mango jam
Rice casserole made with local rice and seafood
A fine finish…hazelenut and raspberry praline macaroon with Ferrero Rocher ice cream