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Valencia, Spain

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Valencia Dining

Spanish gastronomy is varied and offers a lot of unique flavors, but if you find yourself not in the mood for local fare, you’ll be happy to know that dining in Valencia is not just about paellas and tapas.  There are many fine restaurants serving foods of ethnic diversity from around the globe. 

Oceanfront
If you’re looking to enjoy the cool breeze of the Mediterranean while dining in Valencia, you’ll want to go to Casa Navarro.  Aside from wonderful scenery, you’ll find the menu filled with traditional Valencia specialties with seafood topping the list of favorites.  The most popular includes cod and large prawns.  If you stop by on a weekend, you can enjoy a barbecue on the beach.  You’ll like the prices.  They’re very reasonable.

Unique Surroundings
For an out-of-the ordinary experience while dining in Valencia, don’t miss L’Oceanographic Submarino Restaurant.  It’s like having dinner in the depths of the ocean surrounded by exotic and colorful species of fish.  In reality, while at your table, you’ll be amidst a huge aquarium displaying beautiful marine life.  But if you feel enclosed, you can choose to dine on the second floor where you’ll have magnificent vistas.  Every entrée focuses on the fresh seafood of the region and is prepared in truly creative Valencia style. 

Another fun establishment for dining in Valencia is the popular El Coyote Cojo.  From the minute you walk in you’ll feel as if you landed in Mexico.  Every attention has been given to detail in décor, from the flower filled ceramic vases to the paintings on the walls.  The bright interior is a great background for the establishment’s festive mood.  Start off with an authentic Margarita, dip some chips in home made guacamole and choose from a fine selection of courses.  The chicken in mole is always a hit.   

Elegant
If you want to know where the affluent and influential go to dine in Valencia, head out to Les Gralles.  Despite its foreign name it’s known for original local gastronomy.  Don’t be surprised to see your wine glass constantly getting re-filled and your every whim catered to.  The service is befitting of royalty.  Gourmets rave about the paella with chicken and rabbit.  They say it’s beyond superb.  You’ll want to complement it perhaps with one of the white wines on the extensive but well selected list.

Another outstanding landmark of creative cooking is Albacar.  The restaurant is run by artistic and talented chef Tito Albacar.  His brother manages the wine cellar and has turned it into one of the best in the city.  Everyone raves about the crawfish salad flavored with spicy curry and the pigeon served with French beans.  They’re both unusual yet tasty.

Tip:   The desserts are said to be amazing.  The most ordered is the coffee ice cream flavored with rum. 

But if you want to try other styles of paella, La Riva is a must when dining in Valencia.  Its reputation for good food and good value is well deserved.  Try the paella made with noodles instead of rice (fideua) –
it’s excellent.   

 

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