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Catalan Food Fest at Sala Gran in Costa Brava

Catalan Food Fest – Our Traditional Lunch at Sala Gran

In Restaurants, Spain by Daryl & Mindi Hirsch16 Comments

Check out our VIDEO to see the awesome Catalan food we ate during our traditional meal at Sala Gran in Costa Brava.

Traditional Lunch at Sala Gran in Costa Brava SpainCatalonia is a region 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.

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With so many different Catalan 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 Catalunya 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 video to see our entire traditional Catalan meal.

Costa Brava Catalan Food Fest in Pals Spain

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We thank Patronat de Turisme Costa Brava Girona for supporting our visit to Costa Brava. We also thank the team at Sala Gran for their generous hospitality.

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Saveur Magazine's BEST TRAVEL BLOG award winners Daryl and Mindi Hirsch share their culinary travel experiences on the 2foodtrippers website and YouTube. The married Food and Travel content creators live in Lisbon, Portugal.

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  1. What an amazing meal and wine for lunch, so fun. I just love seafood I really wold devour those snails and everything else.

  2. Sounds delicious and so many different places to experience the Calatan cuisine. I envy them having such a fertile mushroom harvest!

    1. Author

      The quality and variety of the mushrooms in Costa Brava is astounding. We loved eating as many as we could both at restaurants and in our Girona apartment.

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      You will love Costa Brava. Let us know if you have any questions when you plan a visit.

  3. So many good food memories from Costa Brava! Looks like you’re thoroughly enjoying it as well.

    1. Author

      We totally enjoyed our three weeks in Costa Brava. It’s a special region with a wealth of culinary offerings.

  4. I think everywhere in Europe had great good traditions but few are quite so passionate as the Catalan people! Looks like you had an epic meal here!

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      Living in Girona for 3+ weeks gave us a great appreciation for the Catalan people and their food. We hope to return sooner than later.

  5. I love watching your vlogs but my favorite are your Instagram stories – you guys have so much fun and seem to be coffee addicts just like me. You have covered so much of the globe since I have been following you, are you ever going ‘home’?

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      Thanks Sue! We’re having fun with the Instagram stories, that’s for sure. And, yes, we love our coffee. We have some exciting plans ahead, but we’ll make it back home eventually.

  6. This food looks absolutely delicious! I loved travelling and eating on the Costa Brava

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      We loved traveling in Costa Brava too! The food is so great there, not to mention the natural beauty and friendly people.

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      This would be a great year for you to return to Catalunya. The sooner the better!

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