Restaurant Cal Pep
al Pep is an institution and located in the cozy and trendy district of El Born close to the medival church Santa Maria del Mar. This small [or better tiny] restaurant fits perfectly to the small square in front of it - Placa de les Olles. So what makes this restaurant so special? For sure not only the strange opening hours.
Cal Pep is an institution and located in the cozy and trendy district of El Born close to the medival church Santa Maria del Mar. This small [or better tiny] restaurant fits perfectly to the small square in front of it - Placa de les Olles. So what makes this restaurant so special? For sure not only the strange opening hours.
You will be maybe surprised when you arrive at Cal Pep restaurant. You just came around the corner from a visit of the beautiful Santa Maria del Mar church and you are starving from a day of walking and sunbathing - then you see a long line in front of a small restaurant! Locals and tourists waiting for whatever the chef will present them on this day on his menu card. At that can be extremly different to other days. Will it worth to wait for all the rumors about this restaurant with its delicious Tapas and extroverted chef? How is it possible that they are "The Travelers' Choice® 2012 Winner" on TripAdvisor.
First of all you can get really delicious original Catalonia seafood Tapas in this restaurant. So when you are not a fan of various kinds of seafood, than you should go to another restaurant with more meat on the menu card. But here in Barcelona the people eat fish nearly during any meal. So this is the best way to adapt to their more or less healthy lifestyle.
Which mistakes can you make? First of all don't try to rush them. This is a general recommendation in Spanish restaurants. Bring time and a relaxed attitude to each breakfast, lunch or diner and the waiter will pay it back with more attention for you. Especially during the high season when they are already stressed from endless hours with locals and tourists as their guests. Don't expect that they can all speak perfectly English or other foreign languages. For many decades it was absolutely normal not to learn a foreign language in Spain. That means especially older generations have only very low English or none skills. Even young people have problems to speak English! So even in fancy restaurants are English speaking waiter not normal - but also normally not a big issue.
Cal Pep is definetely a recoomendation worth when you like to eat finest seafood from an original and traditional Catalan kitchen at a very special place. Come early enough, best time is before they open their gates, and enjoy the mediterranean fish from a special chef.
Check out the opening hours on their website or you will be surprised that this restaurant is mostly closed. Even on a Saturday night! The prices are higher than in other Tapas bars, which is for sure owed to the popularity of this culinary place. Have also a look on TripAdvisor. there you will see some controversy reviews of Cal Pep. But with some knowledge about culture and the Catalan people you will know how to interpret them.
Soon we will write another small blog about another famous restaurant in Barcelona. Not far away from Cal Pep and visited by many celebrities during the last 100 years and more.