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The cutest eatery in Costa Brava

We have a deal with each other that every year, on our annual holiday to Sa Riera, Costa Brava, Mr Bond and I will do at least one new thing. Visit a new place, find a new restaurant. This year it happened quite by accident. Our “something new” is also “something blue”, and I can’t wait to tell you all about La Blava Restaurant.

  • A seafront restaurant right on the beach with upturned fishing boats and the lapping waves.
  • Pretty blue and white tables tumbling across the covered walkway with turquoise glassware and glowing white table lamps.
  • Baskets of pink petunias, vintage pendant lights, nautical striped seating pads and cascades of scatter cushions in blues and pinks.
  • Art Deco lamps, Cute wooden tables with tea lights burning, and dreamy Shirley Valentine style chairs.

A lot of thought has gone into the design of La Blava Restaurant. It’s a hidden treasure that once you’ve found it, is impossible to resist.

THE BEST PLANS ARE THE SPONTANEOUS ONES

We discovered the outside terrace first. We headed to Calella de Palafrugel, 15 minutes down the Costa Brava coast, for our regular morning coffee jaunt. It’s a typical Costa Bravan town that must be visited. We walked around a bit, had our cafe amb gel, took a few photos. By late morning we needed a moment out of the hot sun and stumbled across La Blava Restaurant who served us a very welcome cold beer and little dish of salted nuts, on their outside terrace. Delightful.

As soon as I put my head round the door into the stone walled, vaulted ceiling, white washed interior I was mesmerised and a table was booked for the following night before you could say “Calamari Romana”.

THE PERFECT SPOT

La Blava describes itself as “restaurant frente al mar en Calella de Palafrugell”. What better place for a fish supper than right beside the sea. As we sat in our perfect window seat, the local fishermen were winching their boats up the sand with the pink glow of the evening sky lighting up the bay behind them.

We chose a delicious glass of local Emporda Chardonnay to match our fishy courses. It’s nice to enjoy local wines from such a celebrated wine growing region. We were first in at 8.15pm, shown to our window table laid up with blue glassware, matching napkins and a flickering candle.

WHO EVEN EATS SEA ANEMONE?

We chose appetisers and main courses. We shared a generous bowl of “Petits calamars frits de plage” – tiny fresh squid dipped in batter and fried, and a platter of “Anemones de mer frits” – fried sea anemone. My motto, when faced with interesting menus is – try everyone once. Which I did. And it was delicious. The waiter described it as “the taste of the sea” which is pretty spot on.

As we sipped our Chardonnay, the tables began filling up with, to be honest – mainly our fellow Brits. It was interesting to hear the 2 girls next to us had booked their table and driven up from Saint Feliu de Guixols on another friend’s recommendation. A good half hour drive and a very happy result.

LET’S CALL IT CALAMARI, NOT SQUID.

Main course was a no-brainer for me. My absolute favourite catalan fish supper is Grilled Calamari – Calamar Plancha. It’s the simplest and most delicious thing ever. Just plain dressed squid grilled in oil, herbs and salt, served with a crispy roast potato.

Seabass Provencal for Mr B with creamed potato, aubergine puree and roasted cherry tomatoes on the vine. These guys really know how to cook their fish. I had little taste of the Bass and it was “melt in the mouth” gorgeous.

GRANDMA SKILLS

When the first desert on the menu is “chocolate pie made by our Grandma” it’s really difficult any further down the list. I didn’t. Mr B, not a chocoholic, managed to get down to Rum Baba with coffee cream. We were both in dessert heaven.

We ended our magical evening with a cafe solo at which point I always smile at Michael McIntyre’s “after dinner coffee” routine. He’s quite right, of course. Look it up. You won’t be sorry.

THE VERDICT

PRICE | We had 3 courses for £62.00, before drinks

RATING | Magical

AWARDS | Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence 2016-19

WHERE | C. Miramar No 3, Calella de Palafrugell.

So next time you’re on holiday in Costa Brava – and I hope for your sake that it’s sooner rather than later – be sure to pay a visit to La Blava Restaurant, Google them. Look them up on Instagram. Book a table. And I’d love to know what you think?

Judith xx

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