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Barcelona Restaurant: Cal Pep

4 Comments 13 January 2012

Barcelona Cal Pep Entrance
Cal Pep Pla├ža de les olles 8, 08003 Barcelona

This is the 3rd episode of my Spanish telenovela titled Gluten-Free Croissants: Dream The Impossible Gluten-Free Dream. Last week in the 2nd episode we toured the Condes de Barcelona Hotel.

After a good night’s sleep, I woke up feeling refreshed and recovered from jet lag. Joan picked me up and took me to the famous Cal Pep for lunch. He explained that usually there is a line out the door and you have to wait, so it is best to get there about a half hour before it opens. It’s always nice to get tips from a local!

 Barcelona Cal Pep Counter

Cal Pep isn’t a fancy restaurant. Oh, there are some really cute tables in a room in the back, but it is easier to arrive before the crowd and get a spot at the counter. Plus this way you get to watch them cook your food, which is always fun.

Please note: I had a Catalonian with me that could communicate clearly to our waiter/cook what I could and could not eat. The food we ate was naturally gluten-free and would be fine for someone that isn’t super reactive to potential cross-contamination. The cooking space is small here and the counter service is fast paced. That said, if you are extremely sensitive to cross-contamination, Cal Pep may not be the best place for you to eat. Just sayin’.

Barcelona Cal Pep Tortilla
Cal Pep Tortilla de Patata

As I was about to take my first bite of the tortilla de patata Joan said, “When you taste this you will see angels.”  How’s that for some dramatic food themed telenovela dialogue? And yes, it was true!!

For those of you who are not familiar with tortilla de patata (or in Catalan truita de patates), it is often described as a potato omelette. I’m not really an omelette person though, so, in my opinion, this description doesn’t do it justice.

Barcelona Cal Pep Tortilla de Patata
Tortilla de Patata

Cal Pep’s tortilla de patata is super melt in your mouth moist with onion and tiny bits of chorizo and then topped with garlic aioli that’s like buttah. Seriously, this dish alone is enough to make me want to book the next plane to Spain.

Barcelona Cal Pep Clams
Cal Pep Clams with what else? Chorizo!
Barcelona Cal Pep Fish
Barcelona Cal Pep Steak
  Steak Melts In Your Mouth

I’ve had some seriously good East Coast and West Coast US of A fancypants dry aged steak and wet aged steak in my life, and this plate rivaled them all!

Barcelona Cal Pep Shrimp
  Shrimp Crusty With Salt And Garlic…10 More, Please! These translate to Gambes a L’Allet
Barcelona Cal Pep

Joan taught me a trick: dip the shrimp meat into the brown juice that comes out of its head. It’s ugly, but it tastes good!

Barcelona Cal Pep Dessert
Strawberries in Muscat Wine

This coming summer, this is going to be my easy, yet crowd pleasing dessert! Who needs pastry?! Pfft. “More wine, please!”

Are you full yet?

This was possibly the most delicious meal I’ve ever eaten. No joke. No drama. OK, maybe a teeny weeny bit of drama, but seriously.

As you can see… fresh, simple, and quality are the key ingredients to the beyond delicious food at Cal Pep.

Have you been there?

Next Friday I’ll take you to the Museu de la Xocolata….

Have a fab weekend!!!

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    Aleka says:

    I lived in Valencia many moons ago, where they speak Valenciano, a dialect of Catalan, and cook and eat similarly. Mi boca is watering now. Muscat was my favorite wine in bars but nothing tops a tortilla espanola! At that time I ate bocadillo de tortilla espanola for a travel lunch, with now forbidden crusty Spanish bread.

    Keep las fotos coming! Gracias.

  2. 2
    Elsie Colten says:

    Have been gluten free for one year and it’s not easy but am getting the hang of it , thanks to people such as you putting out information for the rest of us dealing with this decease .

  3. 3
    hal says:

    Glad to hear you are enjoying your trip.
    I don’t want to encourage, but I must ask – can you tolerate wheat outside the USA? apparently this is a well known phenomenon for some celiacs!



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