A special restaurant

A special restaurant

Listen to Jo talking about a very special restaurant she visited recently.

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Interviewer: Hi, Jo.

Jo: Hello.

Interviewer: Thank you for talking to me today. What would you like to talk about?

Jo: So, I'm going to tell you about my recent visit to, erm, a very well-known restaurant and a very special restaurant.

Interviewer: OK – great.

Jo: It's called El Celler de Can Roca and it's in Girona in Spain and, erm, it often comes in the, like, top two or three restaurants in the world.

Interviewer: Wow!

Jo: And I went last week. And, well, the first thing that was exciting for us was to even get a table 'cause, erm, we booked a year ago and we had to go, you have to go, 'cause you can book a year in advance, so you have to go online at one minute to midnight a year before you think you could go and keep refreshing, refreshing the page until places become available and just go immediately and get the table. So, we were really excited to have the table and we were kind of nervous on Friday because we waited a whole year, so expectations were really high. And it was also, by chance, boiling hot in Girona and it was in the middle of a heatwave. It was 44 degrees.

Interviewer: Oh my goodness.

Jo: So, we were just waiting in our hotel room, couldn't go outside 'cause it was too hot, erm, kind of wondering what this dinner was going to be like, er, and getting all dressed up. So, yeah, we went and, well, the place is beautiful, all … I thought it would be quite, erm, it didn't really feel formal though. The staff were all really friendly and they showed us inside the kitchen first. And it's amazing 'cause no one is stressed in the kitchen – or they did a good job of pretending that they weren't. And they were making amazing things that looked like Charlie and the Chocolate Factory for adults – little olive trees with amazing, like, erm, er, olive kind of confections hanging from them. And, yeah, the whole thing was amazing – a once-in-a-lifetime experience of lots of different courses of tiny, beautiful, surprising things, erm …

Interviewer: What was the best dish that you had?

Jo: It was all amazing but I think the best thing for me was one of the desserts. I had a sheep-themed pudding …

Interviewer: Wow!

Jo: So, it was all, erm – So, it was like a woolly sheep. It was like candy floss, like, made with, erm, like, sort of white sugar like you have at the fair. Erm, and that was supposed to represent the wool, and the sound of the spoon on the bowl made the sound of the bell on the sheep in the field. And then separately I had this thing to smell that smelled of wool. So I was, like, eating this sheep wool and smelling the smell of wool at the same time which, it sounds really weird, but it was actually delicious.

Interviewer: Sounds incredible!

Jo: It really was! It really was amazing.

Interviewer: Wow. Thank you for telling us about it.

Jo: It's a pleasure.


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Hi Claire,

I relate to you; I rather eat at home than outside, but as you said, only on special occasions do I accept to grab meals out. So once upon a time, do not hurt anyone do not you think?

Submitted by heiwakokoro on Mon, 10/10/2022 - 02:23


Hi all,
I am a big fan of restaurants, especially Italian cuisine. My sister invited me days ago to celebrate my college graduation; it was impressive; even though it was a rainy day, the food was so tasty I ordered carbonated pasta and a glass of wine my sister had spaghetti bolognese and a glass of wine The staff was so friendly, and we spent a fantastic time.


Submitted by abbe1995 on Mon, 10/10/2022 - 01:46


Last week I visited Samer restaurant. It's an amazing place for me, I ordered fish dish like every time, It's the best dish in restaurant because they cook with love and the best thing in restaurant is the sea and it's very quiet.

Submitted by helinnmyda on Tue, 20/09/2022 - 09:35


I go to the restaurants almost every day. When I go out I get hungry because I stay in outside too long. So I go to my favorite ones, sometimes different places, I order different meals. In Turkey, there are lots of restaurants here and most of them are great to visit. The staffs are polite to us. I really enjoy to go restaurants.

Submitted by Anvi on Fri, 09/09/2022 - 12:17


I rarely go to restaurants. I am the kind of person who enjoys delicious food at home. So when I see advertisements for a new fresh restaurant I feel quite indifferent. However, I have no problem with going out with friends and eating something. These moments share the best ones in my memories.

Submitted by Brian O'Donnell on Wed, 17/08/2022 - 15:44


As for me, I adore going to cafes and restaurants. I can eat out quite often, for instance even on weekdays after work. I prefer eating in the town centre. My favourite dishes are salads, soups, pizzas and sweet desserts. I like Greek and Italian cuisine.

Submitted by arashjahanbakht on Sun, 31/07/2022 - 17:02


I rarely go to restaurants. I actually don't enjoy eating out in my country. However, I'm used to going to cafes to get coffee as a person who has a coffee addiction. But when I travel to another country, eating out is one of my favourite things I like to do.

Submitted by meknini on Tue, 12/07/2022 - 05:09


I haven't eaten out for quite sometime especially after the pandemic and nowadays I have grown to love eating my home-cooked meals although they're not as wonderfully prepared as those served by chefs in restaurants but these meals cooked with love and attention, I feel taste better and more satisfying.

Submitted by LBPLATAS on Sun, 12/06/2022 - 12:09


Well, I usually go restaurants in order to celebrate a special event like a birthday with my family and my friends. The last restaurant that I've visited was a place called "El Roble" nearby my home to celebrate my mother in law birthday. The dessert was a big dark chocolate cake filled with cream. I recommend this restaurante because price/quality relationship es very good.

Submitted by OliNietoRmz on Tue, 07/06/2022 - 23:53


In general, I eat food prepared in-home, and only I used to go to restaurants for special occasions like birthdays, o any celebrations like job promotions, it means once or twice per month due I like the Italian cuisine so my favorite restaurant in Mexico City is La Macelleria I love the pasta.