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Apr 5, 2014 04:07 PM

Valencia and Majorca restaurant recommendations?

Going to Valencia (the city) and Majorca (Palma)soon and would love to have some current recommendations for restaurants. Of course, we love paella, but are open . We won't have a car in Valencia, but will have one in Majorca.

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  1. Casa Jomi, a no frills bar/restaurant in a low-income (no tourists) neighborhood near the sea, has excellent local seafood, especially the air-dried and conserved fish products. Little or no English spoken. Closed Mondays.

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    1. re: erica

      Hey, Erica-

      Thanks for the rapid response. Is that Vallencia or Majorca you are talking about? What sort of air-dried and conserved fish are we talking about? We are very fond of fish in its many forms.


      1. re: Kathy Thompson

        Sorry..Casa Jomi is in the Nazaret neigihborhood of Valencia. Some locals might advise you to take a taxi there.

        There were various types of air dried seafood, including mojama. I wrote about these in my report, which I linked above. As I recall, most of the preserved products served at Casa Jomi were air-dried and smoked; you will also see unusual items such as squid eggs. There is a whole world of these products that I do not see often anywhere else in Spain.

        Also note that many excellent restaurants and bars will offer "conserved" seafood, which has been canned. Unlike the US, where canned food is often thought of as inferior to fresh, some of these items are highly prized, and very, very expensive, in Spain. (Even more expensive if you find them outside the country!) Talking here about baby eels, types of tuna, beberechos, and other products.

        Just keep in mind that Casa Jomi is in a somewhat downtrodden neighborhood near the Port that does not ha e a great reputation among locals. It is unlikely that you will encounter staff with English-language skills.

    2. Flannigan's Puerto Portals, Mallorca (beautiful sea port) sit outside

      In Palma, definitely visit the huge farmers market and there are so many amazing little restaurants though out the old town.

      For a very local, traditional Mallorcan experience, try Can Pedro's

      1. Also Tast Club in Palma, great atmosphere and food. Must book ahead

        1. For Mallorca, I like the Michelin 1* Jardin in Port d'Alcudia. Cutting edge Mallorcan cuisine served as a tasting menu. Certainly worth the 30+ minute drive from Palma (assuming you like cutting edge tasting menus).

          in Palma itself, Font de San Joan is good for traditional local dishes. As is Cellar Can Amer in Inca.

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          1. re: Harters

            Hello! Thanks for the rec for Font de San Joan. :) Haven't been yet, but will let you know how it is.

          2. Thanks so much for providing all the wonderful information. Erica's May 17 2011 post is absolutely stellar. Great detail!
            Once again, thanks all chowhounds who provided info.
            Kathy Thompson