There is one item in the Mediterranean-Spanish cuisine that is very sought-after: paella. Actually, in almost any restaurant in the city you can ask for this combination of rice with meat and some vegetables. However, you can’t expect all of them to be good: especially when some are obviously taken directly out of the freezer.
At my first job in the city, I had a very picky boss that said this was the best paella restaurant in the city. Even if I really didn’t love the guy, I believed him and could confirm he was speaking truth when I went in for the first time. You know you’re not there for the looks, that’s for sure, but the ultra fresh, homey paella is almost perfect. The whole menu is prepared with basic ingredient – local, but with great care and elegant simplicity.
I always recommend paella as a midday menu, because it can be a little bit heavy to digest. At Castell de Xátiva it is always good to try the set menus. If you go with somebody else, experiment and try more than one variety (this is one of the few places where rice doesn’t have to be for two or more). Especially nice for me are the typical paella with rabbit and chicken, the black rice and the fideúa, a sort of seafood paella but with noodles instead of rice. Great option when you’re finished with Sagrada Familia sightseeing… it is a 15 minute walk.
Castell de Xàtiva | Restaurants (Paella) | Lunch menu € 17
Valencia 360 | +34934583418
Tue – Sun 13:00 – 16:00 & 20:45 – 23:30, Sun 13:00 – 16:00