Our paella served at Casa Carmela
During the days of April I spent in Valencia, I had the pleasure of eating and dining in varied places that, each in its field and with its style, set a trend in a city whose dishes go beyond the famous paella. Although yes, dear reader, Paella is still the star dish and is Valencian, which is not Catalan (as much as some want to insist otherwise).
Not in vain there are five Valencian restaurants that have a Michelin star, being able to check the delicacy of one of them when I tried the cuisine of the German Bernd Knöller in his restaurant Riff.
Here I leave three places of different styles that made my stay a gastronomic pleasure:
La Cigrona Restaurant
Located in the heart of the Ciutat Vella From Valencia, The Cigrona is a clear exponent of Mediterranean cuisine.
My first Esgarrat in Valencia
The raw material what do you use comes, almost entirely, of the near Valencia Central Market and, although its dishes are focused on rice, it also offers good combinations of meat, vegetables and fresh fish.
We arrived at La Cigrona walking after the visit to the city center. We take a seat at one of the tables of the place whose decoration is quite minimalist. It is not the typical home-made restaurant with ornate walls of farm implements or garden paintings, but they have given it a more modern touch that contrasts with a fairly traditional cuisine. And, in a matter of gastronomy, I am of the opinion, perhaps conservative, that “Winning team does not touch“, As a good Uruguayan friend says.
Soon the tickets began to arrive. We start with a plate of Assorted Valencian cheeses accompanied by a homemade tomato jam. Then I tried a delight that is one of the emblematic dishes of Valencian cuisine: “Esgarrat” of pepper, cod crumb and mojama. Some tasty Grilled squid sprinkled with mery sauce and black mayonnaise They put the taste of sea on the table.
The delicious duck rice, mushrooms and truffles from La Cigrona