SPANISH RESTAURANT: TASCA EMBRUJO DEL CARMEN
Set on a quiet side street of the historic centre, ‘Tasca Embrujo del Carmen’ is a cosy and very welcoming Andalusian & Spanish restaurant. As winter seeps into spring, you can enjoy dining on their flamenco-style terraza with the cathedral forming part of the rather sensual backdrop. Members of the ’24/7 Valencia’ team have dined out here around 20 times since it first opened four years ago. It is special yet completely unpretentious, and the food and service is good!
The cuisine is tasty and very much traditional Spanish! With fresh ingredients, you can enjoy five rice dishes including a tasty Paella Valenciana to order, a filling Potaje de garbanzos, which is a chickpea stew, and a fresh variety of croquettes. A selection of Fritura de pescado (fried fish) is a typical Andalusian dish and they recommend their wild boar as well as salmon, steamed mussels and prawns in garlic. The range of tapas is impressive and includes chicken, potato, mushroom and squid dishes.
Last weekend we enjoyed Huevos a la flamenca, which were vegetables cooked with tomato sauce, Spanish ham, chorizo sausage and egg. It is said to be a dish that gives you energy to last well into the Valencian night! You can also enjoy sharing a Jamon Ibérico y queso curado, which is quality Iberian ham with cured cheese. If you fancy grilled cuttlefish, you can order Sepia a la plancha and you will find that the tapas and menu of the day cartas are in Spanish and English. The main meat dishes include Rabo de toro estafado, which is oxtail stew and a favourite of the team, as well as their Carrillada, which is a cheek of pork with red wine sauce and crunchy potatoes. Fish lovers can savour either grilled or fried cod fish as well grilled tuna with potatoes and vegetables. Their Valenciana salad includes lettuce, tomato, onion, carrots, boiled egg, tuna and olives.
Last but not least, we should mention that owner José is a knowledgeable & warm host, full of energy and concerned that customers really enjoy their time here. They get an international clientele and you’ll sometimes find live acoustic jam sessions with your spontaneous host adding some joyous cajón percussive rhythms to the set!
For a relaxing lunch on the terrace or a memorable night out dining, this is a place to unwind and enjoy an ‘España’ that still really exists…
Tasca Embrujo del Carmen
C/ dels Juristes, 5
Tel: 96 001 45 84
Movil: 695 478 914
Open Monday – Sunday
12.00h – 01.30h
Tapas: 1.20€ – 16€
Tapas Menu (for two): 15€ each Salads: 9.5€ – 12€
Main Courses: 12€ – 19€ Paellas: 10€ – 14€
Meat dishes: 12€ – 20€
Fish dishes: 14.50€
Wines: 12€ – 20€