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Platillos Restaurant in Begur, Costa Brava

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Opened in 2009 in the center of Begur. Located in a little street called Pi i Ralló that goes up to the castle from the church sqaure. Very centric. They have a a big blackboard plenty of lights outside next to the door. You will rapidly see their carte and dishes, as well as their nice interior. This is a night restaurant.

Ambience and service: 

Withe and blue colors, paintings, wine bottles and glasses in the bar, fruit and music. Great friendly service too. The whole atmosphere is different from many places around. Platillos Restaurant have 10 tables and 6 stools at the bar, so it’s really tiny, and that’s their great attraction, because it turns out to be a quiet and romantic place.

Food and Drink: 
Fresh market and seasonal food. Everything did smell great from where I was sitting. I could see how well cooked and presented were all the dishes that were going to end in customers stomachs. I was willing for my food, and it came fast after a couple of sips to the excellent wine they suggested. A red wine that I loved. It is from Emporda region: Clos de Les Dòmines (Reserva 2008). A very good wine, but they have an extense list so you can choose. Rioja, Ribera del Duero, Navarra, Penedes, Priorat, Montsant, Costers del Segre, Rias Baixas, Rueda, Terra Alta and Emporda wines. I would recommend Emporda ones as that’s the region where they are (Emporda is a big part of the Costa Brava). Ochoa sweet wine after dessert is almost obligatory!
Pili, the owner, recommends 3 platillos and 1 dessert. “Platillos” is a spanish word that means “little dishes”. Portions are very reasonable, so you would be fine -specially for dinner- with 2 + 1.
You may get the idea of how special and good is their cuisine reading the following lines, at least I hope to. Alaska sauvage salmon with wasabi cream, Olives stuffed with anchovies from L’Escala and Martini, cherry gazpacho with prawns, terrine of foie-gras with sweet onion, goat cheese bombon with mustard vinaigrette, crispy oxtail with foie, duck magret with bittersweet onions and a grenadine reduction, cod prepared in a Basque Country style with olive oil sauce and mushrooms, veal fillet with fresh herb sauce, Galician Hake from Puerto Celeiro in tempura butter with tartare sauce, poached egg with creamy mushroom sauce (this one seems to be very popular) and some other seasonal dishes.
I saw them all because the restaurant was full, and everything looked really fantastic, but I decided to try the Alaska salmon carpaccio with wasabi and the fillet with fresh herb sauce.
The salmon carpaccio was originally presented in a can, and you had to eat with tweezers, wich I liked. Wasabi cream was spicy enough for a spice lover like me, but at the same time didn’t kill the salmon flavor at all. I almost tried the “patatas bravas” with “alli-i-oli” mousse. Maybe I will do it next time, but it’s hard to decide at restaurants like this, where everything is amazingly tasty and original.
The veal fillet with fresh herb sauce was perfect. Delicious meat and original sauce, not the typical you find around here. Melted in my mouth and dissappeared in few minutes. Very recommended if you love meat.
For dessert, a white chocolate mousse with fresh ginger. Very very very tasty. Some of the options are “dracula” (vanilla ice cream, red berries and coca-cola reduction), cottage cheese from Fonteta (a local town specialized on producing this special cheese) with truffle, apple tatin, brownie with white chocolate, Guanaja dark chocolate and Madagascar vanilla ice cream.
 
Around and activities:
Stunning and incredibly beautiful “calas”: Illa Roja, Sa Tuna, Aiguafreda, Fornells and Aiguablava (among others). All of them are great and really close to the Hotel (you can get there in less than 5 minutes by car). Water is specially blue and clean, few space for people (wich I consider a positive thing) and surrounded by cliffs and mountains. A lot of privacy and a great sense of being almost alone, facing the gorgeous Mediterranean Sea. 20 minutes from Begur there is another nice beach, bigger, with white sand and big quietness: “Platja del Castell” (Castle beach).
You will be able to drive short distances and visit many interesting places and other medieval villages like Pals, Peratallada or Monells. Enjoy the countryside and the fertile croplands you’ll see while driving the nice roads all along the Costa Brava, from south to north and from the sea to the interior lands. Coarse cultural backup, people who left a great trace and heritage. Consider a visit to Dalí Museum in Figueres, Cadaqués, Calella de Palafrugell, Llafranc, L’Escala, Torroella de Montgrí (nice street market on mondays) and Girona, the capital of the region. Greek and roman ruins next to the sea in Empúries deserves a visit too.
 
Price advice: 

25-35€


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