El Celler de Can Roca is a restaurant in Girona, Catalonia, Spain which was opened in 1986 by the three Roca brothers, Joan, Josep and Jordi. Located 116 kilometers northwest of Barcelona in the city of Girona, Joan Roca has received the Chef’s Choice Award in 2016.
The cuisine served by the restaurant is traditional Catalan, but with twists to the extent that the Michelin Guide describes it as “creative”. The restaurant has a large wine cellar with some 60,000 bottles. Dishes served include those based on perfumes, and with unusual presentations such as caramelised olives served on a bonsai tree.
In late 2007 the restaurant moved to a modern building custom-built for the restaurant about 100 meters from the prior location, with the original location still being used for staff meals. The new layout features wooden floors, with simply dressed tables. On each table sits three stones to signify the three Roca brothers, while the tableware is Rosenthal china. The enlarged kitchen in the new location includes space for thirty chefs to work and also features Joan Roca’s open plan office, so that he can keep an eye on the chefs even while he is doing more administrative tasks. At least one of the three brothers is present for every service. There is a capacity for 45 diners.
They have created some dishes and desserts based on perfumes such as Calvin Klein’s Eternity, Carolina Herrera, Lancôme and Bulgari. This has resulted in a perfume being released by the restaurant itself, called Nuvol de Ilimona. It was based on a dessert served at the restaurant called Lemon Distillation, and was developed to spray as a mist over the diners as they ate the dish. The wine list is split into separate lists for red and white, and is delivered on a trolley to each table.
Fish dishes include a crayfish velouté, accompanied by spring onions with cocoa and mint.