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PI DE MIGDIA (££+)

Sector:  El Tarter
The most recent addition to Grandvalira's ‘charming’ Restaurants d'Encant.
Housed on the roof of the large Pi de Migdia services building, just next to the upper terminal of the Tarter gondola, piste-side on the Pi de Migdia slope (accessible directly from the Esparver, Mussol, Gall de Bosc and/or Pardal pistes).
The restaurant is reached via exterior stairs from the terrace of the self-service cafeteria on the ground-floor, then across the roof-top catwalk; you can take your gear up with you, racks are provided on the upper level.

There is a fair-sized roof terrace, edged with cushioned benches for Mediterranean-style lounging on sunny days, with panoramic views over the slopes towards the peaks & ridges encircling El Tarter's snowbowl; if the weather is good, you can dine al fresco.

Inside, the stylish chalet-style décor features a cosy lounge area with comfy sofas and an open fireplace, perfect for pre- & post-prandial liqueurs & coffees; full bar service available.  You can take off your boots and leave them to dry in the warm entrance vestibule, slippers are provided.

The compact interior dining areas are plain but pleasant, with tables in the main lounge level and upstairs under the eaves; with plenty of natural daylight provided by floor-to-ceiling windows.

Good quality à la carte and set menus with daily specials, focused on refined interpretations of classic Catalan meat-based dishes, usually with a couple of fish choices too; salads, tagliatelles, and lighter meals are also available; the range of puddings is limited but well chosen; the Iberian-centric wine list is short yet select.

Also open for dinner in the evenings (except Sundays), subject to sufficient bookings; diners are given set ascent/descent times for the Tarter gondola. Reservations are necessary for dinner, and recommended for lunch during high season and at weekends.
Tel. +376 890 635

PI DE MIGDIA SELF-SERVICE (££)

Buffet
A huge self-service cafeteria, filling the ground floor of the Pi de Migdia services building, next to the upper terminal of the Tarter gondola station.

A massive piste-side terrace runs the full length of the building, easily reached via the Gall de Bosc, Pardal, Esparver, or Mussol; the ski school & main ski lifts are only a short on-piste glide away, on the central Riba Escorxada plain below.

The wood-decked terrace faces the sun and has wide-ranging views over the Riba Escorxada area and up to the peaks & ridges surrounding El Tarter's big snowbowl; a Xirixuca snack kiosk offers barbecue food, and there are various snack/drink vending machines for grab-&-go options.

Inside, there is an Espress'Oh! café and a large self-service canteen. It's a roomy, echoing space, but not unattractive: a nice blend of traditional & modern materials has been used in the construction, and plenty of natural daylight reaches the dining areas from the wall of floor-to-ceiling windows looking out to the terrace.

There is a fairly good range of hot & cold buffet-style food: including soup, salads, pastas, charcoal-grilled meats, daily specials, and a range of vegetables; plus some basic puddings, canned/bottled drinks, and lager on tap.  The daily specials often feature world cuisine themes, such as Indian, Mexican, Chinese, etc.
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