La Llesca is unfussy, friendly and very reasonably priced, with a relaxed, informal, loud, chatty atmosphere, as you would expect with a taverna. It’s a good spot to go with a gang of friends.
If you enjoy simple, traditional rustic dishes then you’ll enjoy La Llesca. If you like grilled meats, such as chicken, rabbit, and big juicy steaks (entrecôt) then you’ll love La Llesca. I would never go there with a vegetarian.
The food served has its origins in the Girona province of Catalunya, and more specifically the interior of Girona – you won’t find much fish on the menu. All the food, including potatoes, artichokes, peppers and beans, is prepared on and in the coal-fired oven-grill which you’ll see – and smell – in the entrance.
Order your meat, veggies, alioli, garlic, tomatoes and grilled bread and have fun making your own pa amb tomaquet: rub the grilled bread with the garlic and tomato and add a little oil and salt. The wines are good and very reasonably priced.
It’s a popular spot at weekends, and if you haven’t booked ahead you may have to wait a while for a table.
This place was one the first restaurants I visited after moving to Barcelona over ten years ago. It is still as good, if not better, as it was then. I often recommend it to visiting meat-eating friends looking for somewhere fun and inexpensive. There’s another branch at Travessera de Gràcia, 86 but I’ve not yet tried it.