As previously mentioned, the Eixample is the residential area just to the south of the medieval old town. It has three sub-districts, Gran Via, Ruzafa (see separate posts) and this one; El Pla del Remei. The El Mercado de Colon is also in this zone but I’ve given its own post. My map is here.
Other than Habitual in El Mercado de Colon, there are a couple of other places to eat round here…
Casa Vela (Intermediate A), 26 Carrer D’Isabel la Catolica, www.restaurantecasavela.com, closed Sundays
A small but high quality tapas bar and deli, since 1908. They can seat about twenty at tables in the back.
I came at lunchtime for a mixed tuna salad which I couldn’t fault (A).
There is an extensive wine selection available.
Palace Fesol (Intermediate C), 7 Calle Hernan Cortes, www.palacefesol.com
This restaurant began by serving Fesoles (lima beans) to the urban poor in 1909 but it’s now a relatively posh restaurant.
They are famous for their rice dishes but I didn’t have anyone to share one with so I ordered something smaller.
To begin I had the Crujiente Relleno (crispy stuffing) on the recommendation of the nice waitress but unfortunately it was virtually flavourless (C) so I’m not sure what it was supposed to be stuffed with.
Next I had the Corvina con Verduras a la Plancha (sea bass with grilled veg) which tasted and looked a bit oily and dirty from the grill (C).
The Hoya de Castillo 2016, a Macabeo Merseguera blend, made things a bit better though (B-).
I’d give them another try if I had no other choice as they have a good reputation, but this experience wasn’t special by any means. There’s plenty more fish in the sea though (see my other Valencia posts).