MOUNTAIN RESTAURANTS INDEX: SOLDEU-EL TARTER-CANILLO
Locations & Descriptions
Despite the expansive nature of the ski area, you are never far away from piste-accessible food & drink venues. Most are located at the main mid-altitude services hubs in each sector; snack kiosks are also provided at a handful of major piste/lift junctions dotted around the slopes.
Most of the larger venues are fast-food and/or self-service canteens, but there are also a few full-service à la carte restaurants offering more refined ambiance and gastronomic fare.
There are some private enterprises located at Soldeu and El Tarter base stations, but all of the on-mountain bars/restaurants are run by the Grandvalira ski-stations operating company itself. These Grandvalira establishments are branded according to size and type of fare on offer:
Xirixuca little kiosks offering hot & cold drinks, sweets, and snacks
(NB: Xirixuca is pronounced CHEEREE-CHEWKA);
Espress'Oh! larger cafés offering a range of hot & cold drinks plus snacks; and
Fun Food bright & bustling fast-food canteens offering pizza slices, hamburgers, hot-dogs, chips, paninis, bottled/canned drinks, and lager on tap.
There are also various large self-service restaurants, all offering a fair selection of canteen-style hot & cold meals;
plus six very good full-service Restaurants d'Encant (‘Restaurants with Charm’) with a more relaxing ambiance and refined décor, offering à la carte haute cuisine and quality wine lists (reservation required during high season and at weekends).
Another option, of course, is to come off the mountain and go to the nearest base station or resort village for lunch. The enhanced choice and quality of venue can be worth the extra effort.
Full lunch service is available between 12:30–15:30hrs; bar and snack services are available all day. Prices are consistent throughout the domain, and are less expensive than you would expect to pay in similar standard venues in the Alps.
All venues have [free] public WCs.
Ski-Ride's restaurant reviews indicate the relative price bracket for each venue:
(£) = cheapest;
(£££+) = most expensive.
EL TARTER SECTOR
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