Can Josep is one of the best simple restaurants in the city, serving unfussy, tasty food.
Josep, a lovely, big, bearded bear of a man, together with his son, sources, buys and prepares all the food. Josep and his son are excellent and discerning cooks – and a paid-up member of the Slow Food movement – only using the freshest and best ingredients.
The menu changes often, featuring such delights as cargols (snails), estofat (rich, thick tasty stew), espàrrec (asparagus) peus de porc (pig’s trotters) galtas (pig’s cheek) ànec (duck), mongetes (beans) de Santa Pau, tonyina (tuna) and lovely big salads.
If you can’t read Catalan and can’t speak Spanish you may struggle a bit – the waitress is very friendly and helpful (though does not speak English) – but the struggle will be worth it.
No tablecloths, no fancy waiters, no pretension, just well prepared food and a relaxed atmosphere.
It’s a very popular spot for locals and you’ll almost certainly need to book ahead for a table on a Friday night. It’s just around the corner from Pep’s (see this article) so you may want to make a night of it and pop into Pep’s for an aperitivo before a meal here.
Be aware Josep’s is not open on Saturdays and Sundays.
Josep is an ardent Republican, so it wouldn’t be wise to sing the praises of any kings and queens when enjoying your meal.