Valencia is a city where you can eat really well as long as you know where to go. If you were to let loose a Berliner (for example) in the Plaza del Ayuntamiento, who doesn’t know Valencia and can’t speak Spanish, the possibility that this person will have a disappointing meal is, unfortunately, still very high. For that reason I am always happy to recommend my colleagues (and in many cases friends) who are cooking fantastic food in and around Valencia.
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My great friend is Steve, whose English and Asian roots are reflected in the fusion of Mediterranean and eastern cooking, which he does better than anyone else in Valencia. You might expect to find a restaurant like this New York or Berlin, but not in Valencia. It’s called SEU-XEREA and is near the cathedral and Plaza de la Virgen.
Restaurante Ricard Camarena is a fantastic cook with a very elegant and traditionally Valencian style. Arrop has a wine list with the best selection of French champagne that I know in Valencia.
The best restaurant in which to eat rice is Casa Carmina in El Saler, where they have mastered rice cookery like no one else, they even sometimes have live eels.
I have known the Salvadors since my time at the Angel Azul. Señora Loles, mother to Cristina, Jorge, Manolo and Javier (there are more, but the others are not dedicated to gastronomy) cooked with distinctive and impressive personality in the restaurant La Sal. The younger generation now run the restaurants Sucursal and Vertical. Both are highly recommendable.
Paco Pareno worked with me for over 4 years, and despite looking more like Jesus Christ than a great cook is actually very shy. However he cooks up a storm in the tiny kitchen of his restaurant Delicat named after his partner Caty. (You see how in love they are!). Calle Conde Almodovar 4, next to Seu Xerea, Phone: 963923357.