Mrs Bacon, myself and our two professional foodie friends (Ms Arroz and Dr Gambas) could wait not a moment longer, we'd already waited several months for this, we called our taxi early, and made our way through the Girona suburbs.
To start you get a black paper globe which is removed to reveal The World:
Mexico: guacamole, tomato seed, tomato water and coriander.
Peru: ceviche broth.
China: pickled vegetables with plum cream.
Morocco: almond, rose, honey, safron, ras el hanout, goat yoghurt.
Japan: Miso, cream dashi and nyinyonyaki tempura.
Carpano Bombon with grapefruit and black sesame.
Elderflower infusion, cherries with Amaretto, gingered cherries and smoked eel. So pretty, it was almost a shame to eat it. It tasted as good as it looks too.
White asparagus and truffle viennetta.
Charcoal-grilled lamb breast fillet and sweetbreads with eggplant, coffee and
liquorice. Lamb is my favourite meat, so I eat it a lot in restaurants. This is probably the best I've ever tasted.
Pigeon Parfait and onion, curry-caramelized walnuts, juniper, orange peel and herbs. Mrs Bacon would normally shy away from pigeon, but even she loved this powerful dish. Our none meat eating friend had some fantastic looking alternatives, but as she eats fish, many of the dishes were the same.
It's alive! This was great fun, I'm a sucker for dishes like this one. Essentially it moves about as it's on a specially made mechanical platform. I christened this the Dr Who Pudding as it looks like a weird space alien. It tasted delicious too.
This really was an amazing world class experience dining at El Celler de Can Roca, it was everything I'd hoped it would be and more. All views about if it's the 'best restaurant in the world' are of course subjective, but this and Azurmendi in Bilbao remain the most impressive of all the (Three Michelin Star) restaurants we've ever visited. Although they are quite different styles, Azurmendi is more gutsy and robust, perhaps Basque? Whereas El Celler is more playful, elaborate and complex. Both were superlative; mind-blowingly good.
The only problem we have now, is how on earth can we follow this?
Imagine tickets for the world cup final or the Olympic games? Think of it in those terms: World class food. For that you get one of the best meals you're likely to get anywhere.
It's still cheaper than The Fat Duck by £50. (You may be able to get a Ryanair return flight to Girona for that.) Plus you can get a decent bottle of wine for just €20.
Service: Excellent, a little slow at times though.
Food: World Class.
Star dishes: Too close to call.
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