El Bulli interview finished, I head to Cadaqués to Can Rafa, a sojurn I've been trying to make for months except every time I go, it's closed and this time is no exception.
I'm alone and looking for a place where I won't feel like too much of a chump sitting by myself and can still eat well. On this night, that doesn't exist in Cadaqués. In desperation, I leave town and call my friend Twin Stomach for somewhere to try in the nearby El Port de la Selva but the phone rings and rings.
In town, I knock on the door where a set of stout-bellied accordion players are practicing and they point me toward El Celler, a family-run seafront place set apart from the town's more kitschy offerings.
There are fantastic anchovies with gobs of good olive oil and a bit of tomato which are fantastic together on top of their warm, homemade bread. I have a great duck breast in fig sauce and the front of house owner does a perfect job of alternately chatting and leaving me to enjoy my meal.
Count on about 25 euros.
C/ Llancà 8-10
El Port de la Selva
011 34 972 126 435
Globe travel correspondent Joe Ray, winner of the 2009 Lowell Thomas Travel Journalist of the Year award, writes his own blog, Eating The Motherland, and contributes to the English language version of Simon Says, the French food and lifestyle blog run by French food critic Francois Simon.
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