Many restaurants have revised their hours and menus due to COVID-19. Some may close, either temporarily or permanently, without notice. Be sure to check this restaurant’s website for updated information before your visit.
Catalonia is a region in Spain where food takes center court and residents live the true meaning of “eating local” on a daily basis. And who can blame them?
Vegetables like wild rovello mushrooms grow rampant on the rich terroir and all varieties of seafood like prawns, clams and fish populate Catalan’s backyard waterway otherwise known as the Mediterranean Sea.
With so many different Catalan food products, we found surprises at every meal from casual tapas at König to our multi-course meal at Michelin starred Ca L’Arpa and everywhere in between. We found a new dish or product that blew us away every day during our 23-day visit. Our challenge in Costa Brava wasn’t finding good Catalan food but rather not eating too much of it.
As we pieced the Catalan cuisine puzzle together in our head, it all came together as we ate a traditional Catalan lunch at Sala Gran just outside of Pals, the historic epicenter of the region’s important rice production. Chef Isaac Sabria brought his 12 years of cooking in the family restaurant to our table as he showered us with some of the best food we ate in Costa Brava.
Sabria’s dishes captured the essence of Catalan cuisine with their incorporation of local products like rovello mushrooms, duck, snails, and rock mussels. We ate starter after starter before we got to the main course – Nembo rice from Pals with squid and small Palamos pawns.
As if that wasn’t enough, we drank a bottle of Emporda white wine and finished it all off with a decadent ice cream dessert.
Sala Gran is located at Calle de la Barceloneta, 44, 17124 Llofriu, Girona, Spain.
Catalan Food Fest Video
Want to see everything we ate at Sala Gran? Watch our YouTube video to see our entire traditional Catalan meal.
About the Authors
Daryl & Mindi Hirsch
Saveur Magazine’s BEST TRAVEL BLOG award winners Daryl and Mindi Hirsch share their culinary travel experiences and recipes on the 2foodtrippers website and YouTube. The married Food and Travel content creators live in Lisbon, Portugal.