It is not too often that this blog devotes a specific post to one single restaurant. Whenever I talk about local food or restaurants it is usually within the context of a broader subject (ie: archeological sites, sunny beaches, medieval villages, nonsensical musings …)
As a matter of fact, all the top food critics of the world agree that the highest honor that any restaurant can achieve in this planet is being featured on Covetotop’s blog, in a specific post.
I take this enormous responsibility very seriously, and whenever I find what I deem an extraordinary restaurant, I visit it again and again just to be absolutely sure that it is really extraordinary. As you can imagine, this is an exhausting task.
Moreover, it is such an exhausting task that in the next future, most probably, there will be no other post dedicated exclusively to one single restaurant, as with Restaurant Can Jepet I close my personal list of the-very-best-restaurants-of-the-world (I’ll publish it one of these days).
That being said, where is Setcases? The tiny village of Setcases is located high in the mountains, very close to the charming village of Camprodón (see Covetotop’s “Isaac Albéniz and the village of Camprodón”) in the Pyrenees range, province of Girona. It is barely 2 hours away from the Mediterranean coast (Costa Brava) by car and 3 hours away from the French border on foot.
Turn left if you are going to France, turn right if you are going to Setcases …
This is the wonderful path that connects Setcases with Southern France (a 3 hours walk through the mountains):
And this is Restaurant Can Jepet, in Setcases:
During 50 years, Can Jepet has been owned and run by the same family (third generation now). It is specialized in Catalan-Pyrenean cuisine, and serves very local food, which means Pyrenees mountains’ products, neighboring farms’ products, and neighboring everything. The restaurant is superb, not expensive at all, and -no doubt- it deserves a specific post of the universally acclaimed Covetotop’s blog.
As always, the author of the universally acclaimed Covetotop’s blog finds very complicated to describe gastronomic marvels in English, hence I’ll let the pics explain themselves.
I took the pics above in different days, in different seasons, in different years, and I have found always the same quality and sympathy.
Can Jepet’s web page is: www.canjepet.es
Tel: (34) 972 13 61 04
For those who love the absurd and risky business of going uphill and downhill in snow (the so-called “winter sports”), there’s a sky resort just ten minutes away from Setcases by car (www.vallter2000.com).
I don’t like skiing. I prefer hiking under warmer conditions and having lunch at Can Jepet.
In the village of Setcases, just behind of Restaurant Can Jepet, there is a little shop run by a very sympathetic lady called Núria. The shop’s name is “Ca la Núria”.
Outstanding honey from the mountains and all kinds of local food are on sale here, and the place is worth a visit. If you are still hungry after eating at Can Jepet, you can either visit your doctor (nobody is hungry after eating at Can Jepet) or buy some local delicacies at Ca la Núria.
From the distance, I can see that the Pyrenees Mountains are snow-covered these days.
As soon as the snow melts and Goddess Spring’s green mantle covers the mountains again, I’ll be back hiking in Setcases and having pantagruellian lunches at Can Jepet.
Meanwhile, I’ll wait patiently sat on my rock …
(A note to the Via Lucis’ crew: this is the “Can Jepet” I suggested …) 😉