Time to tuck in at Valencia’s Open Kitchen Restaurant Week
This month, the 12th edition of Valencia Restaurant Week will be returning to the city, bringing with it an exciting and great value way to enjoy the city’s eclectic, award-winning cuisine.
From the 18-28 June, the festival offers the chance to enjoy some of the finest eateries around Valencia, with 65 restaurants taking part in the delicious initiative and a range of offers on lunch and dinner menus. Lunch is offered at just 20 Euros, or 35 Euros for a Michelin-starred eatery; dinner is 30 Euros or 45 for a Michelin-starred venue. All menus are based around the festival’s philosophy to offer: “haute cuisine at the best price.”
The festival is also a way to enjoy the vibrant Valencia lifestyle and atmosphere, with participating restaurants spread across the city, from the centre to the beach at Malvarossa. Among a selection of top quality restaurants in the centre, you can enjoy fresh, classic market cuisine and a cosy ambience at Abadia d’Espi. Alternatively, the Soul Temple is built round the foundations of the original 12th century Arab walls, making for atmospheric surroundings and a unique, historic location to enjoy the elegant Mediterranean fare. Places are filling up fast so make sure you book soon! La Surcusal in Valencia’s centre is already proving to be a popular choice – its creative, Michelin-starred cuisine takes traditional Valencia recipes and updates them using contemporary culinary techniques for exquisite results. This is a great way to have a taste of authentic Valencia whilst experiencing just how the local gastronomic landscape has developed. Other great restaurants in the centre include Seu Xerea, where you can sample Mediterranean-based fusion cuisine with a menu from Anglo-Burmese native Steve Anderson. An Asian theme runs throughout the menu, with dishes such as the Vietnamese pho served up with Iberian ham. Alternatively, try the seasonal fare at Macellum, an elegant location where the staff make daily trips to the city’s Central Market to ensure they are serving the freshest, locally sourced food.
New kids on the block
Ma Khin Café is just one of the eight new restaurants added to the festival lineup this year. Its owner and chef also runs Seu Xerea, with Ma Khin representing another great fusion restaurant, this time with a focus on healthy, ecological eating. El Poblet is another newbie from acclaimed Michelin-starred chef Quique Dacosta,who is considered to be one of the leading avant garde chefs in the whole of Spain . Dacosta also has three Michelin Stars for the restaurant “Quique Dacosta” located in Denia, and as well he owns two gastro-bars in Valencia, Mercat-Bar and Vuelve Carolina. El Poblet is located at Calle Correos, 8. Quique Dacosta is Nº 39 The World’s 50 Best Restaurants 2015 by The Restaurant Magazine.
To book your meal, simply visit the official website at: http://www.valenciacuinaoberta.com/ Here, you can choose from the lunch or dinner menu and book directly through the website. You can also book using your Smartphone – simply download the dedicated free Cuina Oberta app. There’s no limit to how many bookings you can make, so take advantage of this great offer to enjoy the city’s diverse gastronomic landscape at a bargain price.