For obvious reasons most of Barcelona’s most talked about restaurants are in the centre of the city, but there are a few that aren’t central yet easily accessible for tourists who happen to be visiting our best spots.
For those who get to Parc Guell there is a hidden treasure in the relatively unknown area of Vallcarca. Casa Fausto opened after a few years closed and we have to admit that the new owners are doing a wonderful job.
They offer a very decent midweek menu at lunchtime for 9 euros (on weekends and public holidays this is 15 euros) or dinnertime it is a la carte. The regular menu has modern twists on old favourites and we’ve never been dissappointed yet.
Hamburguesas de sepia (cuttlefish burgers) are recommended; the bread is made with the ink so is, obviously, black. Croquetas de vieiras (scallop croquets) are delicious and even their pan amb tomaquet is way better than average.
Really decent wines by the glass mean you can experiment with some of Cataluña’s lesser known but totally worthwhile ‘caldos’ and their by the bottle list is adventurous and reliably good.
This resto is above Parc Guell, from the top of the park it’s a pleasant and picturesque 10 minute walk, or quite near the new metro station of El Coll (careful to take the Mare de Deu del Coll exit otherwise you can be in for an unnecessarily long walk). Or take the 28 bus which goes from Plaça Catalunya all the way up Passeig de Gracia and get off at the Carrer de Santuaris stop.
Casa Fausto is run by three brothers who know their stuff and take extra care of their restaurant. There are some really interesting old photographs of the Vallcarca barri on the walls, some donated by happy and grateful locals, which gives you an idea of what the residents think of these hard-working and original restaurateurs.
The address is a longish; opposite Passeig de la Mare de Deu del Coll, number 140, and their phone is 932 135 005.