El Celler de Can Roca won the top spot at 2015's World's 50 Best Restaurants Awards
Those wanting a seat at the Spanish restaurant need to reserve 11 months in advance
When the first dish on the menu is called “The World,” you know you’re about to bite into something ambitious.
Ambition is something you should expect though when the restaurant – El Celler de Can Roca – is widely acclaimed as the planet’s best.
And how do you put the world on plate?
The answer comes when the waitress opens a black paper lantern to reveal five edible bites – each representing a different country.
There’s pickled vegetables for China; a mini burrito for Mexico; aromatic tastes of almond, rose, honey and saffron for Morocco; a stuffed vine leaf for Turkey.
I’m instructed to start my epicurean odyssey through the restaurant’s 21 courses via South Korea: a tasty and promising morsel of panco fried bread, bacon and kimchi.
With an 11-month-long waiting list, getting a table at this Spanish restaurant is no mean feat.
Thankfully I was able to grab a spot left by a cancellation – the very last day before the restaurant closes for the summer.
Located 116 kilometers northwest of Barcelona in the city of Girona, El Celler snagged the #1 title at this 2015’s “World’s 50 Best Restaurants Awards,” a list compiled by a panel of global industry experts.
It also holds three Michelin stars, earned over the course of 14 years.
Meet the Roca brothers
The restaurant is run by the three impassionate Roca brothers.
Joan, the eldest, is the executive chef, Josep is the head sommelier and Jordi is the pastry chef.