This restaurant is located very centric in Lloret de Mar. The beach is about 2 minutes walking. You will find the restaurant in Sant Pere street, wich is well known for it’s live and commerce. Is a shopping area with many bars and restaurants too. A good idea would be to sit in some of their outdoor tables in the street and watch the people waking. At least, I enjoyed a lot when I went in October 2012. Lloret de Mar is one of the most important locations in the Costa Brava and always deserves a visit, specially if you don’t want to get bored.
Ambience and service:
El Romaní opened in 1984. At first it was mostly a cafe. Years after, they introduced the restaurant, but in a very different style than today. Since 2002, after Joan and Lina, the owners, came back from a visit to Basque Country and San Sebastian, they changed completely their gastronomic concept and started a “tapas”, “montaditos” and “pinchos” restaurant. These are widely known but few know how to do it authentic.
They have some tables in the same street, right at the restaurant entrance. Inside, a large bar full of “tapas”, “montaditos” and “pinchos” so you can see what they have fresh and start eating immediately. More tables and nice atmosphere, with warm lights and quiet dinning-rooms. Ideal for groups too, as they have 2 rooms upstairs for 70 people or more.
They are a team, a big family. Call it how you want, but the reality is that they work hard and fast, very attentive and caring about customers. Definetely a great experience.
Food and Drink:
“Tapas” and “montaditos” (bread slice with something on it) are their specialties and main attractions, but they also work with a high sensibility for traditional fresh seasonal dishes, as well as a quite extense and important wine carte.
Relaxed ambience, you can take a seat or eat at the bar in a more informal way. Good for a fast food concept and great as a traditional restaurant concept. All options are considered here.
Most tapas are between 3 and 5 euros. Chicken and serrano ham croquettes, fish croquettes, “patatas bravas”, mussels with allioli and gratin cheese, anchovies, “patates d’Olot” (stuffed frite potatoes with meat), rolls of courgette in butter stuffed with king prawns cheese and bacon, little pastry with fresh cheese, leeks and walnuts, pastry with duck, mushrooms and Porto, spanish traditional peppers stuffed with cod brandade, grilled cuttlefish with garlic and parsley, grilled red shrimps. A great and delicious variety.
“Montaditos” of tramezzini with smoked salmon, lettuce and fresh cheese, goat cheese, red tomatoes jam and basilic sauce, crab scramble with mayonnaise, Basque sausage “chistorra” with quail egg, Serrano cured ham, olive paste and dry tomatoes, mousse of foie-gras, caramel apple and duck ham, mini-hamburger with onion comfit and mustard mousseline (a great specialty), pork fillet with green pepper and gorgonzola cheese, avocado, tomatoes sauce, king prawns and onion with lemon.
They also have special assortments, like 5 “tapas” and a glass of wine for 10 euros.
Traditional dishes carte is also important. They work with fresh products from the area and make simple but delicious dishes based on Mediterranean gastronomy. They have special spaghetti from Italy and ecological rice from Pals, those kind of details you notice and realize how a restaurant cares about their final product.
Personally, I tried an excellent octopus carpaccio with pinions and olive cream. An avocado, tomato and prawns salad. 3 amazing “montaditos”, whole rice with vegetables and brownie with lemon cream for dessert. Everything cooked fresh using high quality products.
Special mention to their wine selection. Most of their carte is constituted by regional wines from Emporda. Always been good wines there, but recently started to work more professionally and became a well known and recognized wine origin. Cavas, white red and rosé wines. Emporda, Penedes, Rioja, Priorat, Ribera del Duero and many more surprises.
Homemade desserts and yummy cakes for a great finish. They have great teas and coffee too.
Beaches in Lloret de Mar are very well considered. Blue flag in most of them (a recognition to best beaches in Spain). Boadella beach is one of the most impressive, still very virgin and quiet almost all year. Tossa de Mar is next to Lloret and is a very nice village too, where you’ll find interesting things like the medieval castle and beautiful beach.
Santa Clotilde modernist gardens, lots of shopping areas (specially around the restaurant), forest, “camins de ronda” and trekking paths. A little bit far from Lloret, other interesting visits as Barcelona, Girona, Figueres and “La Garrotxa”, a volcanic natural reserve really beautiful and charming.