Tucked away on the edge of Lloret de Mar in Costa Brava, Spain is El Trull Restaurant where we were invited to visit during our stay. We found about this from our visit to Oficina de Turisme or Tourist Office, and so on our last night staying at Rigat Park Hotel and Spa we made a reservation.
We arrived late for us, and as it was the Spanish Mother’s Day several tables were treating the Mum’s in their family for a special night out.
We were greeted warmly by the manager and offered a window table and a glass of Cava (the Catalunyan regions own champagne) along with some starter olives and bread.
This area specializes in local seafood, so we watched as other tables were delivered their various dishes of seafood. I liked the look of this one served to the lady at the next table.
El Trull Restaurant has been run by this family for a very long time, and the tradition and style are quite traditional, with an emphasis on “excellence” in all they do. They are famous in the area, and it is well worth the drive away from the touristic region to experience this local abode.
It was Happy Spanish Mother’s Day for me!
I selected a light and healthy entree of artichoke, peppers and other roasted vegetables, and it was a great choice as it wasn’t too much in my system, and I had room for the main course.
And then to our surprise, the owner came and asked us to try Sea Urchins. Being on the Mediterranean Sea, these are a local delicacy and can only be harvested two months of the year.
As you can see by my face, I wasn’t too sure!
Explorason was next to try his. He found them a bit too strong tasting, but at least he tried them. One of the great things about travel is trying these new and exotic foods. Or foods we are familiar with, cooked in a new way.
As we had arrived really late to El Trull Restaurant, I noticed my son’s eyes were starting to droop a little.
We had been busy with visitors during the day, finishing up from the TBEX Conference, and getting ready for our forthcoming Family Press Trip to see the area for the next few days.
So Explorason really was tired, but as ten-year-old boys go, he is always hungry.
He had ordered Suckling Pig thinly roasted with freshly prepared steamed vegetables on the side.
He loved this!
I chose a fish called Demtex, which is another locally caught seafood. It was presented to the table in a cooking pan, surrounded by the potatoes, in an onion sauce. I actually managed to finish most of it, which is pretty good going for me.
Whilst I was finishing my main course, Explorason had headed off with one of the staff at El Trull Restaurant. I had no idea what they were up to.
Next thing I know, two delighted and excited faces appear. They had been secretly choosing desserts from the Dessert Cabinet. Suddenly I notice Explorason is no longer tired!
I had a great selection of fruit tartlets. I’m not sure of the name on the menu as the dish was a surprise, but they were served with a sauce and were light and not too sweet. I felt like I had consumed a really healthy meal, rather than a heavy dinner, and this was nice.
I was then offered something to drink to finish the meal, but as I was driving I declined, but must say I was tempted. I simply chose a nice expresso coffee.
At the end of the meal we were talking with the owner. He came back and presented us with a very special gift. A book on the last 40 years of El Trull Restaurant.
It has magnificent photos of the family and their history, and is a great coffee table book.
He wrote a beautiful inscription in the front for us – so the memories of this special night will be carried with us.
Thank you to the management and staff of El Trull Restaurant for a special Spanish Mother’s Day evening. Memories treasured for a lifetime.
Restaurant Name: El Trull Restaurant
Location: Cala Canyelles, s / n, 17310 Lloret de Mar. GPS: +41° 42’ 17.21” +2° 52’ 37.55
Telephone: (+34) 972 36 49 28
Date visited: April 2015
Child-friendly: a high-class dining experience suited to well-behaved children