Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Paella Dinner for One at L’Arcada in Girona, Spain

Whenever I am in Spain, I am always hankering for Paella. One evening in November (last month, oh why, time flies!), I was strolling along Rambla de la Llibertat, the main pedestrian walkway of Girona in the old centre looking for a place to have my Paella.

TRIVIA: Did you know that the best restaurant in the world for 2013 is in Girona, Spain?

The restaurant: El Celler de Can Roca. It has 3-Michelin stars and was voted as the best restaurant in the world by The World's Best 50 Restaurants. Their waiting list is going for MONTHS, and as of last month November they were taking reservations already for April. I have no chance!

Last year it was Noma in Copenhagen, Denmark that won the title. They placed second this year. I was in Copenhagen last year as well but unfortunately no chance in getting a table at Noma.

Paella at Restaurant L’Arcada
No Website. Address: Rambla de la Llibertat 38

So with that I just settled looking for restaurants in town, in touristy places, where there is a lot of company and where Paella is being served. Some days I really have cravings.

When travelling alone, there are times when you just have to stick where the people are, no matter how you hate all things touristy, especially in the evening. If you travel a lot you tend to seek off-the-beaten-paths for a more fulfilling travel experience. But I do take heed when it comes to my safety. So I decided to have dinner at one of the busiest areas of Girona, at the Rambla de la Llibertat. On this main street is an arcade with a number of cafes and restaurants. L’Arcada looks promising to me as it is presented nicely (ambiance is important to me) and there are people dining outside on the cosy terrace, and most importantly, they are serving Paella!

My problem with Paella is that this dish is most of the times served for two persons at restaurants. Luckily here, they serve for one person.

My view: two British girls and an empty sangria pitcher =)

I ordered their 3-course menu. This vegetable (pumpkin I think) soup was surprisingly good. However those warm pita breads were much better, I could not get enough of them. 

My main dinner: Seafood Mix Paella. This was nothing mind-blowing but good enough that I finished the whole plate. The portioning is just good.

I begged off for dessert but ordered coffee instead. Since I ordered the 3-course menu and did not take the dessert, they did not charge me for the coffee. They also did not charge me for the bottled water. Muchas Gracias =)

I have read bad reviews about this restaurant as well but my experience was actually quite okay, but then again I did not have high expectations and perhaps I ordered their good dishes.

In summary, due to the location of the place, this is a perfect restaurant to have a drink during the day where you can sit back, relax and people watch. Good place as well to have lunch in the outdoor terrace. Thus my review rating: 4 stars out of 5.

Travel Period: November 2013
Destination: Girona (Catalonia), Spain

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