I took one bite and about fell off my chair. This was the creamiest, most flavorful onion dish I had ever tried. I found myself taking smaller and smaller bites so that I could somehow make it last longer.
In a tiny little town barely found on the map in Costa Brava I had one of my best eating experiences in Spain. If Spain was a Russian stacking doll it would be Spain, Catalonia, Costa Brava, Vilademuls, Orfes as the tiny little doll stacked deep within. I looked at my piece of paper I had scribbled on – it read “La Barretina – ask for Albert”.
I was staying this week at the nearby villa, Can Grau. Richard, who runs Charming Villas urged me to come to Restaurant La Barrentina in Orfes to try the hearty food this region is known for. After meeting the chef, Albert, I requested that he bring me his favorite dishes on the menu. Soon I had delicious plates of onion cake, duck with orange sauce, and a poached apple tart placed in front of me.
The onion cake looked like a quiche to me. It was silky smooth in the middle (made from onion, egg, and cream) with two different types of caramelized onions on the side.
All of the food was shockingly good, but the atmosphere of this small town restaurant and the kindness of Albert made it even better. The experience reminded me how important it is to visit the small villages and lesser known areas of a region.
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