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El Raco Can Fabes - report

Theresa | Apr 5, 2005 07:08 AM

We were travelling to Girona airport on Sunday. As Sant Celoni is so near to the airport and as I have wanted to eat at Can Fabes for a couple of years, I thought it might be a good opportunity to try it out. But, it was a bit of a whim, and I wasn't sure that they would have a table available for Sunday lunch. We got there and weren't sure whether or not to go in, as we weren't really dressed for the occasion and it looked like only the very smart restaurant was open (I had thought that there were three distinctive parts, one of them being quite informal).

However, we plucked up the courage, and, despite the fact that it was after 2.30 and that we were wearing jeans (dark ones, and not scruffy, but nevertheless, jeans!) they said whilst the main restaurant was full, we could eat in the Espai Coch - which is a small dining area almost in the kitchen. the surroundings were amazing, and we were able to watch the chefs working and thank them at the end of the meal.

We had an exceptional meal - starting with two egg shells filled with a heavenly mixture of cream, egg yolk and herbs (I think). We had the best foie gras, beautifully light marinated fish, the tenderest octopus I've had, rabbit, carpaccio and more. The cheese board looked incredible, but as we were on the cheaper menu, I was given three slices, rather then having a choice. However, they were all perfect, and the petits fours with the coffee were works of art in them selves.

The menu was 50 Euros each and offered "Bodega" at 20 Euros a head, which means you get a glass of their house wine served with each course. This included a glass of excellent Cava, and a Chardonnay, which I'm not usually very keen on, but this one was high on flavour and low on oak - a good thing as far as I'm concerned. The red was from Santi Santamaria's own vinyard, and it was a really lovely Merlot - well worth the 20 Euros.

Our waiter was young and enthusiastic. There were one or two occasions where he was quite clumsy with the wine, but he had worked so hard to make us feel welcome that this really didn't matter to us.

We'll definitely go back - hopefully to try his tasting menu, but we will need to save up a bit for that. We were made to feel very comfortable, but we'll make sure that we're more dressed for the occasion next time - as a mark of respect for the creativity in the kitchen!

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