El Celler de Can Roca, Spain

The logo that represents El Celler de Can Roca is an ‘R’ with a difference. The quirk is that the letter that evokes the family name has three ‘legs’ – each representing one of the three Roca brothers, who have combined their diverse skills to such extraordinary effect. This is a Catalan family restaurant through and through, and yet it is also now the best restaurant in the world.

The Spanish favourite entered the World’s 50 Best list eight years ago and has climbed the rankings since. The Rocas grew up in their mother’s restaurant in Girona. In 1986, elder brothers Joan and Josep opened El Celler de Can Roca alongside the original. In 2007 – they welcome on board their younger brother, Jordi.

Head chef Joan is alone a cook of the very highest order, Josep is the head sommelier who runs the supremely smooth front-of-house operation and Jordi is the rule-breaking pastry chef, whose creations blow the imagination. This family triumvirate and their teams create magic without undue theatrics.

Their creation with our Bottarga, is reflecting the spirit of avant garde: the marinated mackerel has been undressed its own back trace and is humbly adorned with fresh herbs, capers and Trikalinos Bottarga.

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