Restaurante POPS – Respite in Lloret de Mar

Paradise Found in Lloret de Mar (part 3)

Restaurant Pops - Respite in Lloret de Mar

Although a morning tour of Lloret de Mar, by midday we rested our feet and enjoyed a Catalonian lunch. Restaurante POPS turned out to be just what we needed.

The Location

Located a short walk from the municipal parking lot, and directly across the street from the beach and the Mediterranean, Restaurante POPS, with its cloth-covered tables, friendly service and outstanding fare, took perfection to a new level. Soft ocean breezes caressed us, as we were entertained by the sounds of gleeful children at play and indulged by our attentive, yet unobtrusive, server.

The Menu

An Appetizer of Serrano Ham, Salami and Olives

While perusing the menu, we were presented with a plate of olives, Serrano ham, crusty bread and an aioli that made the most of its garlic. It doesn’t get much more authentic than this.

Edible Art for the Weary Traveler

My husband and I shared a Catalan Salad, which arrived on a plate that acted as a canvas for the artfully arranged greens, tomatoes, corn, cheese, egg, spicy salami and more Serrano ham. It seemed almost criminal to disturb this plateful of edible art, but we managed to rise to the occasion. The tomatoes welcomed our taste buds to Catalonia with sun-drenched sweetness only found in the area of the Mediterranean. Freshness, flavor and presentation combined to form the ultimate foodie trifecta.

Razor Clams, Calamari and Spicy Peppers - Lloret de Mar

Next, two seafood offerings were served with grilled miniature green sweet bell peppers. A shell reminiscent of a celery boat held a long, narrow razor clam, which had also been grilled. Fried baby squid resembled a “snake in the grass”. The soft peppers and slightly chewy clam were infused with a pleasant smokiness from the grill. In addition, the squid was crisp, tender and not greasy.

Mediterranean Dishes
Cuttle Fish with Grilled Vegetables and Homemade Potato Chips

We shared grilled cuttlefish and roasted vegetables as our main dish. Now if you like squid, you’ll like cuttlefish. The buttery texture, with slightly firmer tentacles, appealed to both of us. The subtle addition of olive oil and garlic complimented the delicate taste of the fish.

The grilled eggplant and two varieties of summer squash provided first rate sides. We decided later that one of the squashes might have been a kind of melon, because of its natural sweetness. The melon created a fitting counterpoint to the savory fish and other vegetables. Homemade potato chips accompanied the dish. The chips served as tasty dippers for what remained of the aioli.

Decadent Chocolate Dessert at Restaurante POPS Lloret de Mar

Because we shared our dishes, we had just enough room to share dessert: dense chocolate cake garnished with strawberry slices and drizzled with chocolate sauce. The intensity of the chocolate and the slight tang of the berries transformed simple ingredients into pure decadence.

Our coffee arrived accompanied by a small chocolate button, to be devoured immediately or stirred into the coffee. A small touch, but enough to make a standard cup of black coffee seem special.

We estimated our meal cost somewhere in the vicinity of €40.00. Perhaps not an everyday lunch, but a reasonably priced special occasion treat. After a day of walking Restaurante Pops is indeed a respite in Lloret de Mar.

Read more about Penny’s Lloret de Mar holiday on MilesGeek.
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Disclaimer: Our day in Lloret de Mar was generously hosted by Lloret Tourisme, Restaurante POPS, the Institut Gem Wellness & Spa Hotel and Patronat de Turisme Costa Brava, Girona, who coordinated our entire visit to Costa Brava. However, all opinions, as always, are entirely my own.

Penny Zibula
Penny Zibula

Penny Zibula is a freelance travel writer and blogger based in New Bern, NC. She has had a life-long passion for travel, and for learning as much as she can about cultures crafts, foods and wines through the people she meets in both nearby and far flung places.

Along with her photographer husband, Simon Lock, and her guide dog, “Otto”, Penny has spent the last three years focused on making the most of what is supposed to be the couple’s retirement.

Penny’s background is in public relations and community outreach, with nine years as a television talk-show host and producer. As her career progressed, she found herself writing a variety of copy: articles, newsletters, annual reports, press releases, etc.

When Simon and Penny moved from Atlanta to New Bern in 2006 to start their business in auto repair, she began to cast about for opportunities to continue writing. Through her networking efforts, she  landed a part-time job as staff writer for The County Compass, a local weekly publication, where she learned that writing for a newspaper was a  niche unto itself.  

When Simon and Penny decided to close up shop and retire early in 2013, they began taking online courses and live workshops in travel writing, web copy, blogging and, for Simon, photography, through Great Escape Travel (GEP) and American Writers and Artists Inc. (AWAI).

Today, Penny writes regularly for her travel blog,, and is continuously expanding her freelance travel writing for newspapers and both print and online magazines, with Simon taking all the spectacular photos. Both Penny and Simon are members of the International Travel Writers and Photographers Alliance ITWPA).

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