Tuesday, August 27, 2013

get a good gourmet meal in GIRONA at CAL ROS, but cancel the croquettas (8-23-13)

We took a day excursion to GIRONA stopping at the ABADAL Winery on the way for an wonderful tour and great tasting. Now I just need to find their wines here in the USA!
Our lunch was at GIRONA's top place in the old town, CAL ROS (www.calros-restaurant.com) which is just blocks from the cathedral on the Cort Reial 9.
It's a nice place for sure and while the prices are a bit high for rural Spain, we did not want to eat a lot and stuck to the appetizers, which turned out to be huge portions!
Samuel ordered his traditional CROQUETAS de JAMON, but I must agree with him that they were overloaded with Béchamel and way too creamy. Luckily, we had ordered a large plate of JAMON IBERICO on Tomato bread for the entire table to share and Samuel was quite happy with that.
Will had BURRATA CHEESE with Tomato and smoked SARDINES which was indeed excellent,
I had a glass of the house red, SINOLS NEGRE '12 from Empordalia that is made from Grenache and Carignane and was divine with my divine dish,
BOTTIFARA NEGRA, the Black Sausage of Catalan. This was made served with pine nuts and mustard greens in a beautiful Terrine layered with OCTOPUS.
I was a bit worried about the combination but it was indeed heavenly.
We knew a big dinner was ahead, so just café corto for after and off to touring....