It is great news that Valencia Restaurant Week is going ahead this month, in fact for 11 days from Thursday July 16th to Sunday 26th. What with one thing and another, it is quite an achievement on the part of the tourist board, Visit Valencia, to have it up and running when everything was up in the air until recently and things are still far from back on track.
So what’s it all about?
Eating fab food at bargain prices, that’s what! Restaurants all over the city, from the old town to the beach, offer a set menu for just €24 for lunch and €32 for dinner. Fancier places, some with a Michelin star or two, add a very reasonable €15 supplement, making it €39 for lunch and €47 for dinner. Wine or whatever you choose to drink is extra.
I’m in! How do you book?
You just visit Valencia Cuina Oberta, choose your restaurant and make an online booking. They all have their menus on there, so you know exactly what you’re getting. But get a wiggle on as demand is high, even with so few tourists about, as this is very popular with Valencians who love their food and know a good deal when they see one.
There are quite a few of my favourites involved, including Bodega Casa Montaña, Lienzo, 2 Estaciones and Sucar. Canalla Bistro and Habitual are the more casual places of Ricard Camarena, who has two Michelin stars at his eponymous restaurant. Quique Dacosta’s El Poblet (two Michelin stars) is on the list, as is his Llisa Negra.
And if this is too short notice or you aren’t able to travel, or don’t feel comfortable with the idea yet, it usually happens all over again later in the year too.