Hello Valencia!

Sunday, June 23, 2013

Two years ago I studied for six months in Valencia on the east of Spain while I was doing my Erasmus year. I had an incredible time there and it ignited my love for Spain and all things Spanish. Best of all, I made some amazing friends that I've kept in touch with through the hardships of final year and living long distances apart. We've had a few reunions in the UK for birthdays and they came to visit me in Madrid but we thought what we really needed to do was head back to our sun kissed roots and spend some time relaxing in our old favourite haunts.

So here we are!

We arrived on Friday evening in a torrential rain storm. I refuse to give this years Spanish weather any more coverage on my blog. It's just attention seeking now. We wanted sustenance and cocktails though so we braved it, slipping and sliding our way across the paved streets to the centre and making an undignified entrance into Laboratorio.

I love this place for being cheap and cheerful and for its huge vats of patatas bravas con alioli. The cocktail menu is also full of weird and wonderful things such as kiwijitos (which are delicious by the way). I ordered the cocktail of the day, the Rafaella. The barman refused to tell me what was in it, but it tasted like a mango mai-tai and it was deeeeelish.

We attempted to order the chilli wrap but the kind French waiter, probably seeing our eager guiri faces warned us that it would blow our heads off it was so spicy so we meekly changed our orders to the chicken broquetas, goats cheese and arab chicken wraps.

We ordered a side of patatas bravas to share which were as fabulous as I remember them being, but we were all quite underwhelmed by the rest of our food. The goats cheese wrap I had was too oily and the goats cheese was overpowering to the point where I couldn't finish it. And I love goats cheese!

Laboratorio always redeems itself with its desserts though, and our favourite double chocolate and banana cake is still on the menu. 

Go to Laboratorio for cocktails and cake would be my advice. You can find it in the top right hand corner of Plaza de la Virgen. Enjoy!

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