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Michelin Starred Lunch at Ca l’Arpa in Costa Brava

For people with a reputation of eating street food, we actually eat a lot of high-end food. In fact, we enjoyed our fancy lunch at Ca l’Arpa in Costa Brava so much that we made a video about the experience.

Fancy Lunch at Ca l'Arpa in Costa Brava Spain

Sometimes we’re happy to eat meat on a stick and sometimes we want something more. In Costa Brava, our fancy lunch at Ca l’Arpa fits into the ‘something more’ column.

Chef Pere Arpa, a culinary artist who uses local Catalan products as his palette, earned a coveted Michelin star, lost it and earned it for a second time – not an easy task to accomplish twice. We ventured to Arpa’s restaurant in the Costa Brava town of Banyoles for our ninth and final Michelin starred meal of 2016, and what a meal it was.

We started our fancy lunch with an array of starters like apple ravioli with Catalan butafara and white garlic masquerading as black ravioli. As we munched on house-made bread and ultra-bright yellow, cured butter, the courses started to arrive.

First came a surprising sardine starter with a creamy chick pea base, pumpkin seeds, black olive and tomato jam. Only one word can describe this course – saltilicious!

Next came Arpa’s signature dish of foie gras atop braised deboned pig trotters with apple purée, tapenade and candied orange. Colorful yet unctuous, this course literally melted in our mouths.

We continued with a rabbit rillette, ice cream and petit fours, all washed down with a local, organic white wine featuring xarello grapes more commonly used to make Cava.

Ca l’Arpa is located at Passeig de la Indústria, 5, 17820 Banyoles, Girona, Spain.

Fancy Lunch in Costa Brava Video

Are you wondering why the sardine starter was surprising? Watch our YouTube video and find out that and more.

Hungry for More in Costa Brava?

Check out our Girona Food Guide for great food and drink options in and around Girona Spain.

About the Authors

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.


We thank Patronat de Turisme Costa Brava Girona for supporting our visit to Costa Brava.

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Gustavo Woltmann

Friday 20th of January 2017

I'm craving for that! You know people around the world spend more money when it comes to food than the other things. In my country, there's one good place to eat all kind of street food and it called Night Market and we sell that in the cheapest price and I always love to go there every other day.

Daryl and Mindi Hirsch

Saturday 21st of January 2017

Good food is good food whether it's served at a street market or a fine restaurant. What is your part of the world? We wonder if we've been there.