World’s Best Restaurant: One-Year Wait, Dancing Ice Cream

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    The day El Celler de Can Roca was named World’s Best Restaurant, its website got 12 million hits.

    That’s according to Josep Roca, one of the three brothers who own the establishment in Girona, Spain. The waiting list for a table has grown to one year from 10 months before the award on April 29. There is a backlog of 3,000 requests.

    “We have three employees whose only job is to say no,” Josep, 47, says in an interview -- via an interpreter -- beside the dining room in the unfancy suburb of Taiala-Germans Sabat.
    Josep is in charge of front of house and the wines. He is flanked by his brothers Joan, 49, the head chef, and Jordi, 35, the patissier. A restaurant owned by their parents is just around the corner, and all three were born and bred in the neighborhood, where they still live.

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    I find such surges interesting, only because a guide says so. From our experiences, the best and most sincere eating out experiences we had were mostly non featured restaurants so far, having said this, one of the best fine dinning experiences we had so far incl. Sant Pau by the affable Carme Ruscalleda in Nihonbashi, Tokyo, a 2 Michelin Star restaurant, some of the best flavors, services and settings we ever had during a fabulous 3 hour lunch. This was in November 2010, and we hope to repeat this feast. Carme Ruscalleda has also here eponymous Sant Pau restaurant in Sant Pau near Barcelona. These occasions are rare, I have no problem with this, but it's also important to discover little gems on your own without a written guide, let your nose or even better, let your stomach be your guide, that's our recommendation, so far we had rarely negative experiences with this kind of "guiding".
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