I went to the BEST RESTAURANT IN THE WORLD. Unfortunately, I did not eat there. Why not, you ask? Easy answer….
Before we departed for Spain, I had performed my due diligence online. and noted that the TWENTY course meal ($300 Euros per person,with wine) at El Cellar De Can Roca, was a little pricy, BUT Dan really wanted to eat there. I checked to see if there was a table available on our dates but everyone who knows anything about El Celler de Can Roca, is that you need to reserve a table at least one year in advance. I know that now.
Dan, my overly and ever optimistic husband thought that if we just showed up, there would miraculously be a cancellation, or we would just stroll into the bar and grab a nosh. GRAB A NOSH at Can Roca….I’m still grabbing my sides laughing.
Although I didn’t think it was such a hot idea to show up sans reservation, Dan did. And once Dan has his tunnel vision focused, there is no turning back.
If he were Anthony Bourdain, this would probably have seemed like a better idea, but Dan had both his tunnel vision and WAZE app, pointed there.
At the time that Dan and I were exploring Catalunya by automobile, El Celler de Can Roca was ONLY in the number 2 spot in the world.
As of today, San Pellegrino has announced that this amazing family owned restaurant in Girona, Spain, has now been named the BEST RESTAURANT IN THE WORLD.
Although the price tag is quite hefty AND we had no reservation, Dan insisted that we go there. Not to eat, of course. Just to check it out. Because that’s what all fine dining connoisseurs do.
They just walk in and see if maybe they can grab a drink at the bar, stare at the food as it goes by on trays, and perhaps order something to nibble on at the bar. (jk) I was thinking…not here, my love. But I played along. I sat quietly in the car as the WAZE app guided us through the beautiful countryside of Spain.
Who ARE These People??
In his mind, right after we’d managed to land a few bar stools ( I don’t even think you can do that there), no one would notice that we were dressed like UGLY AMERICAN slobs. We would be laughing our head off while njoying the best meal ever.
Just as I was assessing in the mirror, just how REALLY unkempt the two of us looked, the WAZE app on my iphone declared, “You have arrived at your destination.” UGH, Now what!
Our outfits were embarrassing, at best. Me in my leggings, ill-fitting bra, frizzy hair, no make up. Dan, dressed in his de rigueur, t-shirt and jeans. It was too warm for his hoodie. I was mortified.
I pictured inside Can Roca, all sorts of well dressed diners in sport coats, cocktail dresses and high heels (mostly the women) and I felt like an idiot.
My Lucky Day! Sort of.
Finally, here we were, at the number one Restaurant in the World, El Celler De Can Roca!
Red flowers peeked out of the window boxes, their lovely smell wafting up my nostrils.
The parking lot was full of conspicuously empty spaces. Hmmm. The PARKING LOT IS EMPTY?
Maybe they weren’t all booked???? Yeah. No.
Aside from the fact that EVERYONE knows that you need to book WAYYYYYY in advance, they also know that most good restaurants in Spain are closed on Sunday nights.
Quite the civilized society. We got back in the car and headed back to our hotel.
El Celler Can Roca is on our bucket list now, and when we do show up next time WITH A RESERVATION, I’ll be wearing a dress, makeup and heels.
The World’s 50 Best Restaurants
50- The French Laundry, Napa Valley, Calif.
49- Blue Hill at Stone Barns, Pocantico Hills, N.Y. (Its first-ever entry)
48- Schloss Schauenstein, Fürstenau, Switzerland
47- Alain Ducasse au Plaza Athénée, Paris (A re-entry onto the list)
46- Restaurant Andre, Singapore
45- Relæ, Copenhagen (Which also received the Sustainable Restaurant Award)
44- Maido, Lima, Peru (A new entry)
42- Tickets, Barcelona and Boragó, Santiago, Chile (Tie)
41- Maní, São Paulo, Brazil
40- Per Se, New York City
39- Quique Dacosta, Spain
38- Amber, Hong Kong
37- Biko, Mexico City (Re-entering the list this year)
36- L’Astrance, Paris
35- Quintonil, Mexico City (New entry)
34- Le Calandre, Padua, Italy
33- Aqua, Wolfsburg, Germany
32- Attica, Melbourne
31- Restaurant Frantzén, Stockholm, Sweden
30- Vendôme, Bergisch Gladbach, Germany
29- Nihonryori-RyuGin, Japan
28- The Test Kitchen, Cape Town
27- Piazza Duomo, Piemonte, Italy
26- Alinea, Chicago
25- Fäviken, Järpen, Sweden
24 Ultraviolet by Paul Pairet, Hong Kong (A new entry)
23- White Rabbit, Moscow, Russia
22- Nahm, Bangkok, Thailand
21- Le Chateaubriand, Paris
20- The Ledbury- London
19- Azurmendi, Bilbao, Spain
18- Le Bernardin, New York City
17- Arzak, San Sebastián-Donostia, Spain
16- Pujol, Mexico City
15- Steirereck, Vienna
14- Astrid y Caucion, Lima, Peru
13- Asador Etxebarri, Biscay, Spain
12- Arpège, Paris
11- Mirazur, Menton, France
10- Gaggan, Bangkok, Thailand
9- D.O.M., São Paulo, Brazil
8- Narisawa, Tokyo
7- Dinner by Heston Blumenthal, London
6- Mugaritz, San Sebastian, Spain
5- Eleven Madison Park, New York City
4- Central, Lima, Peru
3- Noma, Copenhagen, Denmark
2- Osteria Francescana, Modena, Italy
1- El Celler de Can Roca, Girona, Spain