Out of all the restaurants we visited in Valencia, La Salita was certainly the most hyped and most famous. Chef Begoña Rodrigo is talented, creative, and known for being bold and unconventional. She was the first winner of Top Chef Spain (in 2014), and has gone on to win numerous awards and accolades, including 1 Michelin star for La Salita.
During the pandemic Chef Rodrigo did something bold. She decided to only open La Salita on weekdays. On weekends, the same space would transform into L’Hort al Nú (which serves more casual, traditional fare).
It was a different team that worked on weekdays and weekends. This model allowed people to be able to take time off, which she thought was something that was very important.
Our meal at La Salita certainly delivered on surprising us with creative bites, dramatic presentation, and a multitude of textures, flavors, and expressions of ideas.
Even before we got our first drink, we were distracted by what almost looked like a magic show by server pouring a cocktail for a guest. La Salita is known for its crazy cocktails. So, even though I am usually not a huge cocktail person, we both began our meal with a cocktail.
Next came a dizzying array of small, creative bites, each with its own set of unique flavor combinations and textures.
And then the official tasting menu begins, though it’s all really a seamless experience.
The Super Memorable Bread Course
Kombu-wrapped fish with pine nut sauce.
“Grains” or ”Pasta” courses
“Meat + Potatoes”
General Thoughts - La Salita Valencia Spain
I love eating in Spain, and La Salita was a very nice experience. The food was creative, beautiful, and there were several delightful surprises. The service was exceptionally friendly, and the overall experience was fun.
I especially liked how light the meal felt, with almost all seafood courses except for the last one. One of our knowledgeable foodie friends told us the vegetarian tasting menu was amazing. Maybe next time!
I wouldn’t say the food was transcendent or blew my mind, but it was all very well executed and very, very good. Definitely one of the best restaurants we visited in Valencia, though not my number one favorite (that post, coming soon!).
When we came, this place only opened on weekdays, so it may be more difficult to book since there are limited slots. It is also one of the hottest restaurants, and the one that was recommended to me the most.
Book early! If you’re coming for several days, definitely make this one of your meals. If I come back, I’ll try to vegetarian tasting menu next!
La Salita Valencia Spain
C/ Pere III El Gran, 11B