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The Best Tapas in Valencia

Hey Sara,
Since the last time I was at LLoc de Tapes, I've gotten to know Miguel fairly well. Tell the server to tell Miguel that you are here because of me. You can say something like "Soy amiga de Eugenio" and I'm sure they'll treat you well. :)

May 02, 2013
eugenehkim in Spain/Portugal

The Best Tapas in Valencia

I honestly do not know of any tapas bars in Valencia that specialize in seafood or anything else. They are mostly 'generalists' that serve a variety of the usual spanish tapas.

Feb 26, 2012
eugenehkim in Spain/Portugal

The Best Tapas in Valencia

Kudos to you for starting to learn the language! My travelling experience has been so much richer because of my ability to converse with the Spaniards. I have made life long friends there and really cherish the times that I do spend with them. Good luck to you!

Nov 18, 2011
eugenehkim in Spain/Portugal

4 days in Barcelona, looking for reasonably priced, delicious, local places for meals...

Sarah,
I was in Barcelona last winter and we ate at Mussol on several occasions. I think they have 3-4 different locations in Barcelona. They serve traditional catalan food. It is very good and is definitely reasonably priced. We didn't see any Americans/tourists there the entire time.

Aug 18, 2011
eugenehkim in Spain/Portugal

Valencia

great post erica! I'm dying to go back to Valencia again! I travel there every 2-3 years and always try to discover something new. I have not yet had the pleasure of dining at Ca'Sento (our kids have always been a bit too young to enjoy a place like this). We should be able to go in the next year or so. I'd also like to try some of the tapas restaurants you mentioned.

Next time you go there, I'd definitely recommend LLOC de TAPES. I think you'd really enjoy it. It's the best tapas restaurant that I've been to so far.

Aug 04, 2011
eugenehkim in Spain/Portugal

The Best Tapas in Valencia

Here is the info below. I remember that it wasn't too far from the city center.

Teléfono Teléfono: 963 827 162
Provincia: Valencia
Localidad: Valencia
Zona: Ciutat Vella
Dirección: C/ marques de zenete 7
Código postal: 46007

Jul 28, 2011
eugenehkim in Spain/Portugal

The Best Tapas in Valencia

I have been travelling back and forth to Valencia since my days as an exchange student in 1991. I was there this past November and asked one of my Valencian friends what their favorite tapas restaurant was. She recommended "Lloc de Tapes" (which means Place for Tapas in Valencian). Of the many dozens of restaurants we have been to in Valencia, this one takes the cake as having the best tapas.

It was a very 'local' establishment without any tourists to be seen (this is usually a good sign that the food is authentic). The decor was cozy/comfortable/high-end. The menu is in Spanish/Valencian. I did ask the waiter about an English menu, which he stated will eventually be coming.

Instead of ordering off the menu, we met the owner Miguel and asked him to bring out whatever he wanted for us. We told him that we wanted a taste of Valencia, both modern and traditional. Boy, did he deliver.

We ate their Cod with Basque sauce (bacalao) which was to die for, their Cuttlefish (sepia), and his version of patatas fritas. Our kids ate his version of 'chicken tenders' and couldn't get enough of it. We enjoyed several other tapas dishes throughout the evening. Their food was traditional, with a modern twist. The presentation of the food is definitely at a higher level than what you would find at your usual tapas place, but not quite as pretentious as some of the 'molecular' gastronomy restaurants that are dotting Spain's landscape these days.

For dessert, we had cheese cake, which was probably one of the best cheese cakes that we have ever had (my wife is a cheese-cake-aholic). [one of the other owners was apparently a pastry chef at a famous Mallorcan restaurant]

After we ate and drank our fill, we were surprised at how inexpensive the meal was.

We are planning another trip back to Valencia in the next year or so and will definitely be going back! Lloc de Tapes is definitely a hidden gem.

Jul 28, 2011
eugenehkim in Spain/Portugal