This was our only late night supper in Valencia as we tended to eat at 2-3PM most days and snack around that. Blanqueries has affordable evening menus which led us to make a booking for 9PM (which we then brought forward to 8:30 which is as early as you can eat in the evening). The restaurant didn't fill up particularly quickly and a walk-in couple got turned away so make sure you have a booking.
There were two menus on offer, the 5 course for €21 and the 7 course or €28. We were recommended the 5 course but opted for the 7 which includes both mains and both desserts in addition to the 3 sharing starters and an amuse bouche! We soon began to realise why the waiter recommended the smaller menu, however, as the cuttlefish salad that was our first shared starter was enormous. It was packed with flavour though, toasted corn, crunchy salad, enough cuttlefish to make a bisque for 4 people!
Next up was deep fried prawns with angel hair pastry and sweet chilli sauce, accompanied by some delicious home made tortilla chips which probably could be left out in order to reduce the overfacing portions somewhat. Last up was the restaurants signature starter, egg cooked at low temperature with potato cream and Iberico ham. This is a very accomplished piece of cooking which tastes phenomenal, but personally I'd air dry and crumb the ham over the top because eating a thin slice of ham with a spoon from a bowl is frankly mission impossible.
After the initial feast our first main course arrived, a rice and cod dish which was again beautifully cooked, but left us wondering if we had any room left at all for what was to come next. As it happens I managed to force down some delicious pork with heady truffle mash, but the wife fared a little worse and I had to eat a few more slices of pork from her plate too!
After a short break as suggested by a second waiter, desserts were a strawberry cheesecake (which was very tasty but not particularly refined) and a chocolate brownie (which really should have come before the fresh strawberry dessert). We also polished off a bottle of very affordable Rosé between us.
The restaurant itself is nicely decorated, with two spacious dining rooms, although we were a little miffed to be adjacent to a christening party when there seemed to be room elsewhere to seat us. There's some great food on offer here but the portions and balance is totally out of proportion. If even the staff are recommending the smaller menu you know you've got a problem as they should usually be trying to up-sell!
If you've got a hearty appetite you'll love it here, it's unpretentious on the whole and some very good cooking in places, plus the locals seem to love it and bring their kids who are seem to be given homemade fish fingers and chips from the secret kids menu! I'd still recommend coming here, but they'll have to refine the overall experience if they want the Michelin guide to come back with a shiny star.
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