16 March 2012

Lunch at El Tossal

One of the best things about traveling with someone who really knows the lay of the land is letting them introduce you to the local cuisine.

Today we ate lunch at El Tossal in Valencia. We began with a gazpacho sorbet sprinkled with olive oil and sea salt. The starters were calamari coated with a tempura batter that was made using the squid ink giving it a dense sea flavor in addition to a deep black color and a bowl of clams steeped on a broth heavy with chunks of garlic and lemon. The main dish was a large skillet of rice with darkish rooms and langoustines. Finally we had dishes of spring fresh strawberries with a scoop of homemade ice cream.

The restaurant has a wall in its cellar room that dates back to the time of the Moors in Spain. As a historical artifact, they are not allowed to touch it so they have incorporated the wall into the architecture.

Now it's time for a siesta to re-energize ourselves for the parties tonight!

Moorish wall

Arroz with Langostine
Women's Restroom with Moorish wall!  Cool way to make a protected artifact part of the decor!!

Clams with Lemon and Garlic

Gazpacho sorbet

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