As we made our way to our dinner on a warm and sultry evening, we could hear brass band music coming from the square opposite. It was a lovely sight but we couldn’t stay long to watch as our table at ‘La Llar del Chef’ awaited us near the Torres de Quart.

It has an interesting layout, this restaurant; its front door is on the corner of intersecting streets and has a solitary table for two outside. Inside there are three floors, a lower floor with just two tables and what is obviously the kitchen, and a staircase leading up to the main dining area. We were greeted and shown to our table. The restaurant is all white painted brick walls and tables all laid with white linen and odd glasses on each – no one glass was the same.

We chose a bottle of ‘Nebla’, a Ribera del Duero, tempranillo wine (13.50€) and a bottle of water and perused the menu, which is in Spanish and a well-translated English. After reading it thoroughly we decided on the Menú Degustación (Taster menu, 22€ [inc VAT] a head for four courses).

I chose a bonbon de morcilla con cream de manna (a black pudding bonbon with an apple cream), and D the jugo de hongos con emulsion de avellana (wild mushrooms in their juice with a hazelnut emulsion) The mushrooms, in particular, were delicious.

Next was our fish course, I chose coca de sardines y espárragos ligeramente ahumado con brotes y pistacho y coco (Lightly smoked sardine and asparagus on a cracker with baby salad leaves and pistachio and coconut). D chose the taco de atun rojo con pistachos y cebolla caramelizada (griddled red tuna with pistachios and caramelised onion). The sardines were soft and very tasty; the tuna was enormous and well-cooked and was complemented well by the caramelised onion.

The meat course was next; D went for Taquitos de solomillo ibérico con queso de cabra y cebolla confitada (pork fillet with goat’s cheese and a confit of onions.) Perfectly cooked and delicious. I had the Taco de ternera con salsa Al Toro (a steak served with a red pepper sauce) A good sized serving with an interesting sweet red pepper sauce.

Finally to the desserts, D’s choice was Esfera de pistacho con crujiente de quinoa y mora (a pistachio marshmallow tart with a base of quinoa served with blackberry and a cherry). The Tarta de caramelo de violeta sounded really intriguing but I settled for an excellent (and very large) carrot cake.

It’s all great value and the surroundings and the table linens are of great quality. The service too was quietly attentive. All in all a very good meal. There is an extensive ‘a la carte’ menu featuring salads and rice dishes as well. A small & carefully selected wine list featuring mainly Valencian wines completes the offer. The Valencian owner Teresa Camacho is a lovely host as well as a highly-experienced and award-winning chef. This is creative, tasty and fresh Mediterranean cuisine in attractive surroundings in a quiet corner of the old town.

Tim Birch

La Llar del Chef
C/Pintor Domingo, 29 (near Torres de Quart)
46001 Valencia
Tel: 96 044 6829
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Zona Carmen
Open Tuesday to Saturday 11:00h – 23:00h
Sunday 11:00h – 18:00h
Monday Closed all day
Wines from 13€ to 18.50€
Starters 5€ to10€
Selection of Salads 9€ to 12€
Selection of rices 14€ to 18€ per person (minimum 2 persons)
Main courses fish and meat 9€ to 20€

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