Stopped here for a quick snack before climbing the Micalet Tower. It was really busy with local people taking a coffee break from their jobs. Service was quick but the waitress was not very patient with us.
We returned later for a sandwich and because the place was not busy she had more time for us and was indeed a pleasant young lady.
Favorite Dish: We only had coffee and rolls in here but the food was good and fresh.
This new reataurant is really unique, as it is placed in the middle of a bassin in the big Aquarium of the Oceanografic.
It's underground, and the walls are crystal, letting you see all the fishes pass by, is like eating in a crystal submarine!!!
Besides that, the decoration is superb, specially the central big lamp (see pic) that reminds a medusa (jelly fish).
Reserve in advance (phone below).
This is one of those valencian restaurants with terrace by the seashore. It is located in La Malvarrosa beach, where you can find many in a row, in the seaside walk, 5 meters from the sand. It is a perfect place to go for lunch when the sun shines, as you can sit outside and enjoy a wonderful view of the beach...
Favorite Dish: Sepia a la plancha con alioli (grilled squid with oil and garlic sauce).
Paella (typical yellow rice with veggies/meat/seafood)
When on holiday we like to try and have a least one special meal. Before our trip I came across some rave reviews on a restaurant called Rias Gallegas, so I asked our hotel to book a table for us, as it sounded like our sort of place.
Rias Gallegas is located just of Calle de Ruzafa, only a couple of minutes walk from Estacion del Norte. The wooden entrance to the restaurant gives you taste of what is to come - it is a pretty stylish place.
Walk through the door, up to the reception desk, check your coats and then take a seat, enjoying the classy design of the place. Service was polished yet friendly and we were made to feel very welcome.
Favorite Dish: Alex decided to start off with a refreshing drink...a Gin & Tonic...they bought the Gin bottle to our table and started pouring....it looked like they were going to give him half a bottle! It was definitely the strongest/largest G&T he had ever been served. We also ordered a fabulous bottle of Spanish Sauvignon Blanc which was recommended by our waiter and it was perfect with our meals.
To start, we were presented with some little appetisers - a small piece of a type of fish pie and a mini glass of pumpkin soup.
Next we shared the baby octopus, which was perfectly cooked, though I wasn't too keen on the spices that it was cooked in. For main course I had the Grilled Cod which just melted in my mouth, and Alex had the Monk fish which was wrapped in spicy sausage (which over powered the fish a bit).
It seemed criminal not to have dessert...and how could Alex resist the chocolate fondant with the gooey chocolate sauce inside. I was more sensible, sticking to the Almond cake.
So, to sum it up. The food was good quality and very well presented, though we didn't love it. The atmosphere and the service were the best part of the experience, and on those alone I would recommend Rias Gallegas.
2 days in Spain is really not enough time to adjust to the later Spanish meal times is it.
We were hungry and it was only 1pm. No one would serve us up a big paella until after 2pm.
I am saddened to say that we had to opt for pizza....though not just any old pizza, at least this was special!
Not only does Crapa Pelata have an unusual name, but they also have an unusual method of serving up their tasty pizza.
You order a small, medium or family pizza. You then peruse a very long list of different toppings/combinations. If you order a medium you can have 2 different combinations, or 3 if you order family size.
Favorite Dish: We opted for a family size...well, we were hungry! We chose Margherita, Spicy Pepperoni & bacon/egg/potato, and were not disappointed by any of them.
When the big pizza arrived on its rectangular wooden board I wasn't sure we would be able to eat it all....well, we managed. And washed it down with a couple of Italian beers (all alcohol on offer was Italian).
This is a cheerful place, with very friendly staff, who were happy to help us (and the other non-Spanish speaking diners) through the menu.
(There are a couple of other outlets in Valencia too, see website for details...if you can read Spanish or Italian)
We arrived in Valencia at midday. After checking into our hotel, we decided that lunch was our first point of call. I had read about a small, hard to find place called La Utielana, that was rumoured to be very good value for money, serving delicious local cuisine.
La Utielana was a bit tricky to find, especially without a proper map. After wandering around for a while, we actually came across the back entrance of the restaurant at San Andres 4 (off Calle Poeta Querol), just south of the Palacio del Marques de Dos Aguas. The main entrance is a lot harder to find, hidden in a small courtyard via an alleyway.
Anyway, make the effort to find La Utielana as it is worth it. This is a small, tile lined restaurant which was filled with locals enjoying a quiet Saturday lunch when we visited. Not long after we arrived, all the tables filled up, and by the time we left there was a large queue of hungry people waiting for a table. The service was friendly, and there was a cosy 'family run' feeling, with mama busy in the kitchen serving up honest fare.
Favorite Dish: We both opted for the house speciality, which was El cordero al horno con una salsita (oven roasted lamb in a delicious sauce). It was very good - the lamb just fell off the bone and melted in your mouth. We couldn't resist ordering a bottle of their full flavoured house red wine to accompany it.
All that and a bottle of water as well, for only 20 euros. A great experience.
La Taberna de la Reina is a good place to have some tapas in the city center. They have a large array of tapas into a closed transparent box. The tapas they had when I was there are called "pinchos". They are made with a small slice of bread with a topping. You can choose a fried or not fried topping. You have to help yourself your pinchos. You must keep the skewers that keep the bread and topping together. The waiter will count them to do your bill.
This restaurant has a also a menu with a good choice of meat and fish dishes.
Favorite Dish: I tried several tapas and I liked them all. My favourite were with salmon topping. I liked those with tortilla de patatas (potatoes and eggs gateau) as well.
Came here for a light dinner as we did not want anything big.
The place was buzzing with young and old alike. It was great to watch the world go by. The walls were decorated with lovely tiles and the restaurant/bar was clean.. Service was slow but as I say the place was busy!
Favorite Dish: We had the Patatas Bravas, bread with tomatoe paste, tortilla and some lovely croquettes.
This Italian restaurant is in an area full of restaurants. We were not disappointed!
Excellent service although we were a little rushed by the waiter.
As it was my sisters birthday she received an individual cake with candle and the waiter sang Happy Birthday in his best English!
The food was good and the place was clean. The place was very busy even though it was a Sunday night.
Favorite Dish: The vegetarian pizza was a good choice for my sisiter and the pasta dished were also very good.
The Spanish haven't lost their traditions if it comes
to food. A tapasbar that keeps the tradition
for a long long time is MOTANA.
If you stay in Valencia a couple of days I would
for sure do the effort to visit this place.
The audience here is a bit more posh than
anywhere else but the prices are very ok.
It isn't very big and it is well know for it's wines
and cava's. Vinos Catalanes , vinos de LaMancha ,
vinos de Valancia...CAVAS Freixenet , parxet.
I did see people come in just to buy wine or
vinegar. But we came here to eat. (it is said that
famous people did here too).
And it was excellent. I heard that the place
anchovy and mussels that are selected one
by one. They did looked very good.
You will have a good look around the interior.
The old tiles and posters on the wall.
Both left and right wall are covered with big
tub of wine.
We loved it!
This was the first place we ate in Valencia and when I go back I would eat here again.
The relaxed atmosphereis just what we needed..
Set near the beach it is the type of place you could sit for hours and enjoy your food and drink.
Service was good and with a :-)
Favorite Dish: We had some Tapas and beer and the food was of a good standard.
One thing we tried and loved were datess wrapped in bacon and fried. They were delicious.
It is november and in Belgium it would
almost be impossible to eat outside.
So we were very pleased when we saw
'Baldo'. Baldo is a traditional restaurant
serving tapas and meat dishes in a little
alley between the 'calle ribera' and the
'passeo russafa' not far from the bull ring.
We ordered a few dishes and shared them ,
the tapas came from behind us , the grilled
meat from the other side of the alley
drink from the bar. In the evening a loud
orchestra of voices comes from the alley.
(you can order a complete little pig in the oven
- but that was a little too scary for me)
Cheap , good quality , simple everyday life....
You may notice a friendly looking chain of cafes located all over Valencia called Cafe & Te. They are open from morning till night, serving coffee & tea, snacks, meals, treats and alcoholic drinks too.
There was a branch located close to our hotel, on Paseo Ruzafa ,and we popped in for a quick breakfast one morning. We ordered at the counter and then chose a table inside...it was a little cold to eat outside.
Favorite Dish: We had a coffee, which was quite drinkable - and they even had proper Decaf coffee for me! We just ate a couple of croissants and a muffin, which were fresh & tasty.
As you enter in Sagardi you will be surrounded by thousand of trays full of colourful and tasty tapas! Get a plate and fill it with the ones that enjoy your look and you taste. After you finish, the waiter will count the small sticks left on your plate and you will pay a few euro for each of it (1,20 € each).
Don't forget to accompany your tapas with a glass of red wine.
At the first floor you can find a beatiful restaurant (to book phone: 902.520.522 or mail: firstname.lastname@example.org).
Favorite Dish: Everyone!!!
This is one of the oldest tapa bars in Valencia. It has been there since 1912. It is a little bar in corner that has the bar area,about five tables in the inside, one large one in the back , and about 4 outside. This place is so popular that there is a wait someimes. The specialty of here is the mussels, they are served in with this spicy lemony broth. Other great things to get there are the bravas(fried potatos covered in ajo aceite ar ali oli, a garlic maonaisse), calamares, and mushrooms(not to forget a cold beer). That is what I always get. It is sooo good. I wish I can eat it right now. It gets so crowded that they do not serve coffee when it is busy. But there are plenty of places outside that you can go too. Plus when you get out you can walk around el carmen and pick the next place for a coffee.
Favorite Dish: There specialty is the mussels. They are great!