Monday, 9 December 2019

Dining out in Andorra

On my trip to Andorra, I decided to discover its cuisine by looking for a restaurant to dine out. The Michelin guide is my personal best advisor on restaurants, so my first stop was “the Sport Hotel Hermitage & Spa” whose current chef is Nandu Jubany. Besides the restaurant’s lively social setting and comfortable areas, I enjoyed beautiful dishes with exquisite taste. I’m sure this is because the chef focuses on locally sourced and seasonal produce.

Dining out in Andorra – best restaurants

Andorra’s best restaurants concentrate on essential Pyrenean cuisine while using fresh local products. For instance, La Borda Pairal 1630, Taberna Ángel Belmonte in La Vella or Can Borrell in Meranges just to name a few ones worth visiting. In Andorra tradition and simple delights from the homeland give its cuisine a rich and savoury context. Enjoying great influence of the Catalonian and French cookery, it’s common to find lamb, pork, fish and poultry combined with sauces, vegetables, pasta or potatoes. “Escudella”, for instance, finds its essential flavour in a mingling of sausages, meatballs and chicken stew. Mine was combined with a fresh salad which round up its delicious flavour. Another typical dish of the region is cooked rabbit in tomato sauce.

Drinks and wine selection

But there is more to the inspirational experience of dining out in Andorra: the wine! Casa Auvinyá, Borda Sabate, Casa Beal and the small family managed Celler Mas Berenguer winery are good examples for the local produce of wine. Pinot noir, Chardonnay, Sauvignon, Gewürztraminer but also wine grape types like Merlot and Syrah are grown here. In 2011 the winery Borda Sabate won the international competition of wine makers. When visiting Andorra, I can absolutely suggest to stop by and experience this winery. Booking a tour prior arrival is also possible: (https://bordasabate.com/?page_id=303&lang=en)

Andorra has always been a small country populated by chefs and lovers of great food and refined wine. It hosts more than 400 restaurants normally accessible from 12:00 pm onwards with a small break from 16:00 to 18:00 o’clock.

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