Arinsal-Pal have a great selection of restaurants to choose from including Mexican, Thai, Chinese, British, and Argentinian, as well as the local cuisine, which is Catalan and well worth trying. Some of the local dishes to sample are butifarra (local sausage), crema Catalana (a custard pudding sealed with burnt caramel), escalivada (roasted aubergine, red pepper and onions, smothered in olive oil), and faves a la catalana (broad beans fried in olive oil with garlic, mushrooms and ham).
On the slopes above Arinsal, the midday meal is certainly multicultural. You can eat Chinese at Xina Igloo and Tex-Mex at MexicObelix, British burgers at Panoramix, pork ‘n’ beans in the Far West, or pasta at Bella Italia (+376 737 020 for all). Cisco’s (+376 836 398) is an award-winning restaurant featuring Tex Mex, including fajitas, ribs, burgers and its popular mango chicken. La Borda (+376 737 020) at Pal serves chicken tikka, Thai red curry, and authentic Catalan cuisine of sausages and peppery salads. El Planell is also in the Pal sector and specialises in barbecues and snacks. At Ordino-Arcalis, La Coma (+376 850 201) specialises in barbecued meat.
One of the finest restaurants in Andorra is here
Xalet restaurant in Arinsal is reportedly “not the cheapest place to eat, but the food is superb, a great place for a special occasion”. The incomparable El Rusc (+376 838 200), in La Massana, is one of the finest restaurants in Andorra. Starters include oyster soup with a hint of saffron, a main course of steamed cod with rosemary, tomato, olives and port wine jus. Hotel Rutllan has an attractive chalet-style bar and a good dining room. La Borda (+376 737 020) in Pal serves authentic Catalan cuisine and is also open in the evenings. Surf (+376 838 069) is an Argentinian steak restaurant serving steaks cooked on an open grill.