Gastronomy

Gastronomy:

Buil & Giné Winery Restaurant
GRATALLOPS

Buil & Giné has recently opened their very own restaurant on the top floor of the winery near Gratallops. Views are excellent as you approach the part used for the restaurant and service and food is excellent as the chef running the show recently moved from Economat de les Mines restaurant in Bellmunt to here. Open from Tuesday to Sunday at lunchtimes 12pm to 4pm and open too in the evenings for groups of minimum six diners by appointment. Non-smoking, seating around 40 diners. Non-smoking.

Fonda El Recó
CORNUDELLA DE MONTSANT

Modern restaurant set in an old historic building which has always been used as the inn of the village. Typical traditional and home cooked food, well prepared and served with a smile. Great value for money. Seats 100 diners. Non smoking. Price per person: between 14 and 18 Euros.

Restaurant El Cairat
FALSET

This one-storey building huddled between taller houses on a cobbled street in the centre of Falset is home to Mercè Pallejà. Mercè and her partner, Juli earned themselves a reputation in this region for using traditional recipes to create modern creative dishes. You could say that they were the pioneers in modern cuisine in Priorat when the area was known only for its tough rustic wines and heavy stews. Sadly Juli passed away in 2011 after years of fighting cancer and Mercè now heads up this very special little restaurant hidden down a side street of Priorat’s main town. This restaurant is small and everything is personalised with the customer in mind. Seats just 19 diners. Price per person: between 16 and 40 Euros.

El Celler de l’Aspic
FALSET

Chef and sommelier, Toni Bru opened this restaurant, his second in the year 2000? Following his success near the Ebro delta, Toni has returned to his roots in the Priorat. The restaurant is on the main road of Falset in the historic buildings of the cooperative winery. Includes a well stocked wine shop whose wines can be bought at shop price and served with a small corking fee. Great rice dishes and food and wine pairings. Seats 50 people. Non smoking. Price per person: between 28 and 45 Euros.

Restaurant Quinoa
FALSET

Young chef, Matías Fernandez runs this restaurant on the main road of Falset, expertly aided by his mother. She specialises in delicious salads whilst Matías creates wonders with rice dishes and most particularly desserts. Well presented inventive cuisine at prices which can’t be beated anywhere in the Priorat. Good option for vegetarians. Seats 50 people. Non smoking. Price per person: betweem 12 amd 25 Euros.

Kabbalah Cafè
FALSET

Fairly new establishment in the upper part of Falset opposite the primary school. Bright colours and pleasant service where English and Italian is spoken help to make this a very nice lunchtime venue. Dishes served individually at 4 Euros each which makes a good option for busy office workers. Vegetarian options. Summer terrace with colourful chairs and tables. No smoking. Prices between 8 and 14 Euros. Seating for 25 diners.

La Llesqueria de la Font Vella
FALSET

Open mainly in the evening, this pretty establishment offers simple dishes such as cheese platters, quality cold meat platters, salads, all served in the best possible taste to accompany the spectacular wines of the region. Called “llesqueria” as it serves “llesques” which are thick pieces of toasted Catalan bread rubbed with tomatoes. Smoking allowed. Summer terrace and seating for 45 diners. Price per person between 12 and 18 Euros

Hostal Sport Restaurant (Hotel)
FALSET

For many years this was the only hotel in the area. Recently refurbished, it has 18 rooms (one a top floor suite with two balonies) and is based on the main street of Falset, the capital of the Priorat region. Great location. Price per person around 25 Euros. Very good traditional food. Try the wild mushrooms, rice dishes or “calamars a la romana”.

Restaurant Fonda La Figuera
LA FIGUERA

This is one of the longest standing restaurants in the region. Speciality Catalan and Priorat dishes, traditional fare. “Festa Major” and “Crestes” potatoes being one of their hallmark recipes. Prices between 16 and 21 Euros. Seating for 75 people. Closed over the summer months.

Cal Carlets
PORRERA

Recently opened restaurant in the upper part of Porrera. Great views over nearby vineyards. Pilar offers simple traditional food as well as “tapas” at very reasonable prices. No frills, but pleasant service and feeling of well-being in this tiny restaurant on the first floor of a village house. Seating for 20 people and prices range from 10 Euros (lunchtime set menu) to 20 Euros. No smoking. Open on Sunday evenings too!

Restaurant Piró
GRATALLOPS

Traditional restaurant in the centre of Gratallops opposite Cecilio winery. Family restaurant which also runs the Bon Viure wine shop next door. The owner’s son, Jaume speaks excellent English. Seating for 100 diners and price per person around 20 Euros. No smoking.

Hotel-Restaurant Cal LLop
GRATALLOPS

Perched at the top of the village of Gratallops, this hotel and restaurant was opened a few years ago by Cristina and Waldo, who came to the Priorat from Madrid. Àngel Bellota is in charge of the superb restaurant on the ground floor of the hotel. He likes to base his cuisine on traditional Spanish meals especially rice dishes from his native València. Two rooms, one for smoking and one for non-smoking (unfortunately no door between) in what was once the stables and wine cellar of three old village houses. Seating for 35 people and a summer terrace with wonderful views. A la carte service. Price between 30 and 40 Euros.

Les Agulles
MARÇÀ

Set in one of the most important historical buildings of the region, the Marçà-Falset train station. A few years ago, this building was in a very sorry state, but it has been improved by the creation of this restaurant. Pleasant bar and restaurant which serves lunchtime menus for around 10 Euros and also are open most evenings. Summer terrace with live music. Smoking allowed. Seating for 40 diners. Price per person between 11 and 30 Euros.

Lo Cupet
LA VILELLA ALTA

A good excuse to visit the pretty little village of La Vilella Alta. Opened recently, this restaurant offers simple good food at lunchtime and in the morning at great prices. It is very near the church and well signposted from the main road. The building was once a three storey building which has been left more open plan with recent refurbishments. Seating for 35 diners. Smoking permitted. Price per person from 10 to 20 Euros ( weekend prices). Set menu during the week for 10 Euros.

La Cooperativa
PORRERA

Mia and Litus run this pretty restaurant on the lower floor of the village cooperative offices. Includes wine tasting area in what was once the cooperative’s bread oven. Traditional recipes taken from Mia’s grandmother’s cookbook intermingled with curry dishes and delicious desserts. Seating for 35 people and prices range from 12 Euros (lunchtime set menu) to 30 Euros. Good selection of Porrera wines. Smoking permitted.

Cafetería Agora
FALSET

This is not a restaurant, but worth a mention thanks to its wonderful coffee and great hot and cold sandwiches (especially the bacon and cheese hot mini sandwich). Popular bar, which is frequented by locals, unfortunately by many smoking locals, but still worth a visit. Open most days except for Sundays. Coffee and mini sandwich on country bread for around 3.50 Euros. It is on the main street in Falset not far from the county tourist office.

Restaurant Cellers de Gratallops
GRATALLOPS

This restaurant is linked to Costers de Siurana winery in Gratallops. Carles Pastrana and Mariona Jarqué set up this small establishment in the centre of this little wine village where many famous winemakers are based of which they are one. Recently re-opened serving modern cuisine. Price from 35 Euros with seating for 32 diners. No smoking.

Hotel La Siuranella – Els Tallers Restaurant
SIURANA

Hotel-Restaurant which has opened in the last few years in one of the remotest villages of the Priorat, Siurana. The hotel is a new build which blends in perfectly with the older village houses. Spectacular views from the open air garden terrace towards the Monstant mountain range. Great place for a romantic evening watching the sun going down. Run by Anaïs Chauveau, a charming French woman and her Catalan partner, Pau Escriu. Price per person from 30 Euros upwards. Tasting menu for around 57 Euros. No smoking. Seating for 30 diners.

Espai Tapa
El Racó del Priorat
LA VILELLA BAIXA

This great traditional restaurant has recently come under new management. Owner and chef Maria Victoria Masip has appeard on regional television explaining her recipes, retired in 2011. She will be sorely missed.. Seating for 100 diners. Price per person from 11 to 22 Euros (weekday and weekend prices). Set menu during the week.

Restaurant Clos Figueres
GRATALLOPS

This restaurant is set in beautifully decorated surroundings in what was once a chicken run on the outskirts of the village of Gratallops. Clos Figueras & Les Figueres are a new concept of wine tourism in the very heart of Priorat wine country. Owned by Christopher Cannan and headed up by his daughter, Anne Joséphine Cannan, this new Fine Wine & Food complex is destined to become the hub of Priorat wine tourism. The restaurant was recently acquired by Clos Figueres who already own the winery in the same building. Light meals, tomato bread, cheeses, grilled meats, sausage and great salads. Price around 25 Euros per person plus wines. Outdoor terrace and garden – one of the most relaxing places in the Priorat. Seating for around 25 diners indoors.

Restaurant Espai Tapa
FALSET

Modern restaurant on Falset main street. Modern decor with tranparent green perspex furntture and clean white walls make this an inviting location for a romantic dinner or weekend treat. Recently converted to tapas (although don’t try to share them as they fall to pieces!), this is a great option for a light meal especially during the week and in evenings.Seats 30:. À la carte dining and set lunchtime menu. Aproximate price per person: 20-35 Euros, wines not included.