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Trip Report - Valencia during Las Fallas

AGM_Cape_Cod | Mar 26, 201902:55 PM     5

We went to Valencia during Las Fallas and met up with a large group of people. Some of these meals were with the larger group which were arranged by a local. With Las Fallas it was hard to get reservations at the restaurants I found while doing research. We were happy with our meals and wanted to share the information.

Restaurante Camaleón (dinner) - The book in the apartment we rented recommended a restaurant a block away but they were closed on Tuesday nights. The owner suggested this restaurant and we were glad he did. The hardest part of the menu was in limiting the choices since we were told just to pick 3-4 items. We went with five:
Tartar of Tuna
Croquettes of Jamon Iberico
Croquettes of lobster
Artichokes sautéed with boiled egg and foie gras
Sandwich of veal tenderloin and foie gras (totally amazing)
Chocolate cake for dessert
a bottle of cava
Everything was excellent! $63

La Salvaora (dinner) - recommended by the local host. It was pretty good except for one appetizer. We think the issue was in communication between Spanish (which we do not speak) and English. We thought we asked if the tuna was raw and therefore fresh but it was conserved (canned). That wasn't the problem really - it was served with under ripe hothouse tomatoes. Should have not be put on the menu at this time of year (March). Otherwise everything else was excellent. The amuse bouchee was a dish of fresh fava beans braised with jamon- OMG it was good! I don't remember what my appetizer was and it doesn't seem to be listed on the online menu but I remember gloating because it was better than my husband's. The entrees were Guijuelo Iberic pork with pumpkin, celeri and violet onion (boy, their pork is so good!!) and a steak for my husband. We had a fantastic lemon tart for dessert. With four glasses of wine and a Spanish brandy, the bill was $97.

TagoMago (lunch) - the local host arranged for this lunch and we pretty much got to choose off the menu. We sat at opposite ends of the table so had different dishes. We both had grilled octopus on a bed of pureed potatoes. The best octopus we have had- nice with a touch of grilled edges. My husband had the grilled tuna which he liked. I split a Fideuá with shrimp and other seafood. Very good. We had the deconstructed tart tatin for dessert. With wine it was about $65-70.

L’Estimat (Paseo de Neptuno) (lunch) - Since the city was a madhouse with Las Fallas over the weekend it was nice that the local host organized this paella lunch at the beach. The menu was fixed with pan tomate, a salad with tuna, olives and tomatoes and both a seafood and rabbit/chicken paellas. Dessert was ice cream. Wine was included in the € 31.00 per person price. Everything was excellent. It was wonderful to see all the table filled with families from babies to grandparents.

EL PEDERNIZ (dinner) - This is the restaurant recommended by the apartment owner and it was so good we dine there two nights in a row. The first night there were 5 of us and the second 7. It was lucky to get any dinner reservations during Las Fallas! The first night we had:
Wild mushrooms with truffles in scrambled eggs
Prawns brought to the table in boiling olive oil with garlic
Grilled scallops in green herb sauce
Octopus in the Galician style on a bed of puréed potatoes
Meatballs made of pork, beef and pinenuts
Quail stuffed with foie gras in a sweet raisin sauce
Grilled sea bass with grilled vegetables
Pannacotta with rose water and honey in the jar
Manchego cheese flan
Sacher Cake
One bottle of cava and one of red wine

The second night we had:
Fried fresh anchovies
Fried tiny calamari
Sauteed Foie gras with sweet wine sauce
Quail stuffed with foie gras in a sweet raisin sauce
Prawns brought to the table in boiling olive oil with garlic
Grilled Tuna with grilled vegetables
Grilled local fish filet
I don't remember if we had dessert but I know we had a bottle of cava and two bottles of red.

The first night the bill was € 43 and the second was € 42.

Oh most of the meals included bottled water so that factors into the final bills.

Restaurante Camaleón
La Salvaora
Tagomago Valencia
Restaurante L'Estimat
El Pederniz
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