OPEN AGAIN! Celebrating their 5th anniversary in Valencia this year, ‘Simalú Restaurante’ is set in the heart of the historic centre of Valencia. Having worked in top quality restaurants in Argentina and Valencia, highly experienced Peruvian Chef & owner Gustavo Medina has established in Valencia the best of traditional & modern Peruvian cuisine and combined it with the best dishes of Mediterranean gastronomy including squids, octopus, salads, croquettes and rice dishes. 70% of their clientele is local, which is a healthy sign of the restaurant’s growing popularity in this increasingly cosmopolitan city.
With spring in full swing, a couple of the ‘24/7 Valencia’ team popped by for a sunny midweek lunch at ‘Simalú.’ To begin with, we shared a couple of refreshing Peruvian ‘Cusqueña’ imported beers with homemade, ‘maiz tostada kiko’ nuts from Peru to accompany.
A memorable dish, we enjoyed a generous ‘Ceviche de corvina’ (sea bass, lime juice, coriander, corn & yam) a classic dish with plenty of character. This was followed by some wonderful, oven-cooked ‘empanadilla de pollo casero’ (chicken patty). Indeed, this is “cocina con sentimiento.”
Next up was very well-prepared & lightly fried Yuca to share, complemented perfectly by their pale green huancaina sauce. For dessert, our friendly waitress recommended we try their ‘Bizcocho de maiz morado con cremoso de chocolate,’ a purple corn cake with chocolate that was subtle in flavour and modern in presentation and it was a light way to end an enjoyable lunch…
There is a generous terraza outside and the interior is relaxing with an eclectic & unobtrusive music soundtrack to match. ‘Pisco Sour’ is a Peruvian cocktail that they recommend you try and they have a list of wines from Spain to enjoy too…
Zona Centro Historico
Tel:96 193 03 57
Movil: 664 129 365
Open for lunch and dinner from Wednesday to Sunday.
Closed Monday evenings
Closed all day Tuesday
No credit cards / Cash only
Lunch menu 12.90€
Dinner menu 17€
Valencian menu 19€