Lienzo restaurant was the best meal we had during our gastronomic stay in Valencia this spring.
Initially, Lienzo was not even on our list of restaurants of choice for that trip, but after learning that unfortunately Salita, Sucede and Toshi were currently closed, courtesy of Covid-19, we decided to book at Lienzo as a plan B. And good grace, were we happy we did! The experience was wonderful!
Lienzo is the restaurant of Maria Jose Martinez and her husband Juan José Soria who is the Maître d' and sommelier. The irony is that Maria Jose Martinez was previously the chef de partie at El Poblet restaurant and after three years there, she decided to go and open her own restaurant.
We went to Lienzo the day after we lunched at El Poblet and from our humble experience, her cooking was as good as (or dare we say even better than) that of Louis Valls at El Poblet. The Pinceladas menu was a real gem, starting with the three snacks: White shrimps tartar and lime foam, Corn dacsa soufflé, esperiega apple foam and roast beef and Pinion nougat, pinion caramel and baby pinion leaf were a knockout.
Her technique and skills were condensed in these small plates which were subtle and delicious. Her cooking was precise and minimalist. The rest of the menu was a display of her talent, like the confit beans all i pebre, eel and salmorra pepper gel, a sophisticated and extremely well executed dish.
For the wine, we let ourselves be guided by the expert advice of Juan José Soria and opted for a glass of Recaredo 2017 Brut Nature and an excellent Valencian white wine, Cullerot 2019. The service by Juan José Soria was warm, smiling and kind.
Lienzo restaurant absolutely was the highlight of our gastronomic stay in Valencia, even if, incredibly enough, it was the only one without a Michelin star. We strongly hope that the Red guide will right this wrong next year. Maria Jose Martinez and her team definitely deserve it.
Plaça de Tetuan, 18, Bajo Derecha,
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