When is the last time you had Thai delivery—an hour ago? Now, when is the last time you had life-changing food? We’re talking a meal that blurs all notion of time and space, sends the eyeballs back into their cavities and evokes distant reference points for great ness, like mom’s apple pie. Never? It’s time to book a table at El Celler de Can Roca.
There, you can feast on crackling Iberian suckling pig prepared with Riesling and zinged with orange, mango, melon, beetroot and black garlic. Or perhaps grilled king prawn paired with succu lent head juice and seaweed; and in the surrealist spirit of Rene Magritte, caramelized olives stuffed with ancho vies served on the branches of a miniature olive tree. The place is owned by the dashing Roca brothers: Joan is the chef, Josep the sommelier, and Jordi the patissier. A staff of 30 in the kitchen caters to 50 patrons. But beware: The reservation list is backed up for a year. Five-course, two- dessert tasting menu starts at €140