Keeping memories alive through food at Can Mussonet
Once upon a time Can Mussonet in Sant Rafel was home to the local grocery store and post office. A part of the history of the village and its inhabitants has happened between the walls of this traditional farmhouse, which has once again been brought to life. Marga Serra, a descendent of the ‘Mussonet’ family, decided five years ago to convert it into a cosy, charming place, where people could share meals together and feel at home. The restoration of the property, in which the architecture has been totally respected, was a long process, but she completed it a year ago and opened what is now the Can Mussonet Restaurant.
The premises, which have a large, peaceful garden, are open all year round. In summer: Tuesday to Sunday from 19:00 to midnight, and in winter: Thursday to Sunday from 13:00 to 16:00 and again from 20:00 (on Sundays the restaurant is only open at lunchtime). A respect for tradition, a love of food and a family tribute are not only present on the menu but also in the décor. The chef Manuel Antón Morales fuses the local gastronomy with flavours from other countries. At Can Mussonet you can enjoy a plate of cannelloni the way grandma used to make, botifarra croquettes or a farmhouse salad, and also some more contemporary fare such as a salmon roll or a steak tartare.
The surrounding environment gives the place a relaxing, family feel. The majestic fig tree presiding over the garden is perhaps the most iconic symbol of Marga’s defence of island customs and tradition and pays homage to the family she represents. The aromas, flavours and atmosphere at Can Mussonet all help to keep the memory alive of that island of long ago.