Sunday, August 12, 2012

Tapas & Drinks Les Escoles Restaurant in Costa Brava

This is my favorite place in Costa Brava for many reasons. Santi, the owner, is always trying to make you feel like in heaven. Tapas and dishes are deeply studied and cooked with the heart. All products are fresh and cooked at the moment. Anything you ask for, or anything you let them recommend to you is going to be first quality food.
I want to highlight the low price they have for the quality they have. The value of the food is very very high, specially considering the money you pay for it. It seems impossible to find any place in the area, even in Barcelona, giving this quality at that price.

Santi is very generous, always making you feel like at home, giving you the conversation you want, recommending dishes and daily fresh special products, carefully selected, mixed and cooked for a perfect culinary experience. They work with best stuff in the area, l’Emporda, one of the most beautiful areas in Catalonia.
They have a pretty extense wine selection, with a 50% based in Emporda, also with great spanish white, rose and red selection. Sometime they make special culinary journeys. Last time they made a cheese tasting menu incuding more than 20 different cheese, every one with a special wine and delicious accompaniment.
I went alone this time, spending time with Santi and listening to his explanantions about where and how he get those special and natural products, always spending more money than competence with the convincement that the final product and customer experience is the best you can achieve. They bring best rabbits from Emporda, they buy fish, octopus, foie and veal from best productors so we can get better food and flavor. I tried fresh grilled foie (delicious), chicken wings, octopus Galicia style, foie raviolli with local mushrooms and mussels with salt and pepper (an incredible tasty dish, simple and great). Coulant for dessert was the perfect final for this meal.
Don’t miss their outdoor terrace. A nice an extense area, very quite and with great atmosphere. Ideal for kids, as they can play and run and let you eat and spend nice conversations without thinking a lot about them for a while…
At night, the outdoor terrace is an amazing experience. You can eat, sure, but pay special atention to gin tonics and mojitos. Santi and Jesus, the cuban guy that works there, make incredible Gin Tonics and Mojitos that you can enjoy every night, with chill music and a relaxed ambience. Any drink you ask for is going to be prepared with full care and love, then you’ll enjoy a great drink. If you expect ready for drink mojitos or gin tonics, go anywhere else, here you will just find best quality.
Beach is very close, and important medieval villages are around, less than 5 minutes by car, like Peratallada (I recommend Geltas Artesans de Peratallada in the main street, with one of the best ice cream in europe made by Angelo Corvitti), Palau-Sator, Pals or Torroella de Montgri.
Experience best tapas and mojitos in Emporda and Costa Brava at an affordable price.

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