The 9 course degustation menu at Divinum restaurant in Girona would have to be one of my favourite meals in recent memory. Each course was a modern take on a traditional Catalan dish using simple seasonal ingredients and each course was delicious.
The meal started off with my first ever glass of cava (and not my last) and a shared plate of patatas bravas. Patatas bravas is my favourite tapa of all time and the patatas bravas at Divinum is the best I’ve ever had. I so wish we hadn’t had to share that dish!
February to April is calçot season in Spain. Calçots are a type of Catalonian onion traditionally eaten at a calçotada where they are cooked over hot coals and dipped in Romanesco sauce. Divinum’s calçots were a little more refined and cooked tempura style. I’m not a huge fan of onions but these were very mild and tasty.
Next up was artichokes with a kind of jam/sauce made with sobrassada. I don’t usually eat meat but I’m trying to be more adventurous so gave it a go. Sobrassada is a kind of sausage and it gave the dish such an intense flavour. I loved it!
One of the most popular tapa in Spain is tortilla española and it’s something I order all the time. However, the deconstructed tortilla española at Divinum was not like anything I had tried before. Caramelised onion, poached egg and pureed potato served in a bowl rather than in the typical omelette. Let’s just say it was unique!
For me the dish of the night was the ravioli. It was outstanding! Once again I put aside being vegetarian but did not regret it for a second. Not sure exactly what was inside the ravioli but it was sweet, smooth and delicious.
I haven’t eat much tuna in my time so I’m not sure how this dish compares on the tuna scale but it was voted as the least popular dish of the night by my fellow diners. I didn’t mind it though.
As much as I’m trying to be more adventurous when eating out I couldn’t bring myself to eat this huge chunk of braised veal but it was quickly taken off my hands so I suspect it was good.
I should make a special mention of the freshly baked bread that was provided alongside the meal. It was served with a variety of flavoured salts which were incredible. It would be worth going to Divinum for the bread alone!
The meal ended with a cheese plate including a wonderful Livarot (which is French not Catalan) and sumptuous hand made chocolate truffles. A fantastic way to end the meal.
This meal was the the highlight of my trip to Spain in February and I can’t wait to return when I go back to Girona in September.
Special thanks to Charming Villas Catalonia for hosting my stay in Girona and for organising this amazing night.