Valencia – El Saler

Arosseria DunaArroceria Duna (Intermediate C), Paseo Francisco Lozano, Saler, Tel 961 830 490

Duna terraceA very nice spot, sheltering between sand dunes as the name would suggest. All the tables are outside on a large terrace from where you can see the sea. It was completely full at lunch time but I had reserved a table for one as soon as I got there so had no problems getting in.

All i pebreHaving just arrived in Valencia I was eager to try out some local classics. I started with All i Pebre, (garlic and paprika) which is a fish dish, the classic version being made with eels and in this case potatoes. They’ve never been my favourite fish but I like to challenge myself. Sadly I failed miserably again (C).

Poor paella I was also dying to have a Paella de Mariscos. The waiter looked very doubtful when I ordered it but went ahead at my insistence.

The contents of my glassThe result was very disappointing as you can see in the picture. The seafood was ok (prawns, crayfish, langoustines) but the rice was overcooked and darkened (C). Memo to self, you CANNOT have a good paella for one. See the post Valencia – La Xerea for how it should be.

VerdejoA lovely Verdejo from Rueda called El Perro Verde (A) and a Tarte de Manzana, an apple tart with ice cream (B+), made up for the rest of the meal though.

Apple pie and ice creamSaler is a great spot, just make sure you go with a friend or two to share the food. The bad choices were down to me and not the fault of the restaurant.

El Soler BeachIf you can be bothered to wait (the timetable doesn’t seem to work in practice), you can catch the bus back into town outside the La Dehesa restaurant a little further along the beach

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