Magical Night in Sant Pol de Mar

2 08 2014

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Today is Janel’s first official day of vacation and she is sleeping in.  That means that we are sleeping in as well.  We hang around our apartment piddling with the internet, packing our things to move and generalling lazing around. Rich discovers Spanish tv.

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The plan for today is to get a day pass to the local gym, workout and then have lunch before renting a car to drive north along the coast to Sant Pol de Mar.  We all believe that if we workout, we will feel great (and also won’t feel so guilty about our planned dinner tonight).  The plan holds.  The gym is really nice, but it takes forever to actually check in – good thing Janel is there because I think they require your first born in order to get a day pass.  We all do “our thing” and come out hungry and energized.  After a quick stop at our apartment to collect our things we meet Janel at her place.

When we get to Janel’s street it is obvious that the construction of items for the upcoming Fiestas de Gracia (click on the link – you will not believe how huge this event will be) are well underway and are picking up steam.  They seriously are planted right in front of her door and show no signs of moving.

Not happy about all the construction of "gartbage" in front of her place

Not happy about all the construction of “gartbage” in front of her place

Janel's street is now closed to traffic for fiesta preparations (it is not until August 15!)

Janel’s street is now closed to traffic for fiesta preparations (it is not until August 15!)

We have a special restaurant reservation this evening in Sant Pol de Mar, but we are hungry NOW.  A great lunch stop is made near Janel’s place at a fantastic Catalan restaurant – La Llavor de Origens.

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We all eat probably more than we should, but the food is excellent.  After lunch we taxi to the Sants rail station to rent our car.  The journey north along the coast to Sant Pol de Mar is scenic and not too long.

Off we go!

Off we go!

We originally wanted to take the train back and forth the same day, but were unable to score a lunch reservation,  (three months in advance) so we settled for a 9:00pm dinner rez.  That meant that the train would not be running when we were finished so we had to spend the night.  There really is only one hotel in town – Hotel Gran Sol.  Not bad, but we are not there for the hotel anyway.

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At least there is a view - across the road

At least there is a view – across the road

And a rainbow

And a rainbow

The main attraction in this little town (aside from the beach) is the 3-Michellen starred restaurant – Carme Ruscadella (Sant Pau).  I have wanted to to here for a couple of years and finally have the opportunity.  We are all excited to see what it is all about.  Fortunately the restaurant is within a short walk of our hotel.

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Carme Ruscadella Restaurante Sant Pau is in a beautiful building that really opens up when you step inside.  At first we are the only patrons – after all 9:00pm is early for dinner in Spain!

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It didn’t take long until all the tables were full – there are only about 12 tables.  The wait staff is fawning all over us and the service is impeccable.  The Tasting Menu is the only way to go:

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For the meat, Dario and I choose the Duck. Janel and Rich jump on the Pirinese Foal… (yes, foal)

I did not overdo it with the pictures because I wanted to concentrate on the company and the food.  Here is just a sampling:

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The white wine that was suggested was incredible

The white wine that was suggested was incredible

We are shown the wrasse before the cooked ones are presented

We are shown the wrasse before the cooked ones are presented

The wrasse were maybe my favorite dish

The wrasse were maybe my favorite dish

The Foal

The Foa

When we enter the dessert phase of the evening the chef – Carme Ruscadella – comes over to our table to greet us.  She is outgoing, friendly and just the sort of chef you hope to see in this kind of place.  She is very gracious and approachable.

Two bottles of cava later and one bottle of white wine (remember, cava doesn’t count) we are escorted onto the brilliant patio for our last dessert and coffee.

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When you are downstairs on the patio you have a wonderful view of the upstairs dining room and the hustle of the downstairs kitchen scene.

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The final dessert presentation is “The Dragon.”  It is a sculpture made of different kinds of chocolate and pastries.  We loved breaking off pieces and consuming them.

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The Dragon

The Dragon

This was a fantastic dining experience – one of the top that I have ever had.  It was certainly a night to remember.  Rich and I were so happy to be able to share it with Janel and Dario.

 

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2 responses

4 08 2014
Anonymous

You guys find all of the best dining spots where ever you go. Mom

5 08 2014
Janet

Wow! What a place. That sounded phenomenal!

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