Civera Centro (Gourmet Chick in Spain)

My hunt for a great paella in Valencia was still on after a false start at Cafe Valiente. So MTV boyfriend and I headed for Civera Centro which is tipped as one of Valencia’s best seafood restaurants.

Set in an atmospheric laneway amongst a cluster of other seafood restaurants (like buses they must come in groups in Valencia) Civera Centro was in a prime location for people watching. We plonked ourselves at an outdoor table, ordered a jug of sangria and enjoyed the spectacle.

The menu boasted a huge array of seafood, however I was on a paella mission so seafood paella it was to be. First though some (excellent) bread with tomato pulp and a serve of calamari a la romana (fried calamari) to share. The calamari was perfect – firm, juicy and covered in a light batter. More sangria, which was also excellent and then onto the paella. It arrived in a huge iron pan and on first inspection there was plenty of seafood with prawns galore and truly ginormous langoustines. Alongside the seafood there was chicken, green peppers and butter beans. The paella was fantastic – packed with flavour from the delicate hints of saffron to the flecks of rosemary scattered throughout the dish. I was a happy camper, I had experienced a great Valencian paella.

Details: 10 Calle Mosen Femades (96 352 97 64)
Damage: Reasonable/Pricey

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