Despite only booking a budget holiday to Valencia the wife and I, as big foodies, made sure to research our restaurant options thoroughly before we departed. Check out my other reviews for a bit of context, including Blanqueries, Canalla Bistro, Habitual and Birlibirloque Bar, all of whom offer a set lunch menu (menu del dia).
Lienzo is located on the outskirts of the city centre near the river garden, but equally walkable from the centre. We visited the archaeological site next to the cathedral before heading over for a 2PM lunch, then visited Palau de Cervello afterwards which is also nearby.
We opted for the 'trazor' menu which is the most affordable, but be warned it offers no choices whatsoever, but if you're happy to place yourself in the hands of the chef you do get a fabulous lunch for the money. As is the fashion in Valencia you get three starters, but unlike most of the restaurants they're served individually, ours were a cream of chicken croquette, a cold raw anchovy dish and a mini toasted beef sandwich. All were delicious, the croquette particularly, defying the laws of physics to get that much moisture retained inside the deep fried croquette!
The main course was blonde beef served on the bone with the marrow, alongside some lime infused creamed potato (a local delicacy) and that too was incredible, the lime cutting through the fattier cut of beef beautifully. Bread service and your first drink were also included but truth be told we just ordered a large bottle of mineral water as it was pretty warm out.
Dessert was a sort of deconstructed jaffa cake (I say tongue in cheek), with chocolate sponge, light chocolate mousse and dots of Valencian orange gel that showed immense skill, packed as they were with the flavour of Valencia's famous fruit that grows all around the city and whose scent is never far away.
Staff are attentive without being overly so, they'll top up your water, open doors for you, show you to the toilets rather than direct you, they also take your cutlery away after all three starter courses! The restaurant itself is bright and airy, with huge tables which makes a nice change from some modern restaurants in cities where space is at a premium. It's suitable for kids at lunchtime, definitely a casual family vibe despite the fine dining service.
Our favourite lunch of our trip and with every dish being a hit I'd happily have gone back for a late supper and eaten off the higher end menus.
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