What is a “brunch”? Well, it is a fairly new concept in Spain which has become very popular.
The term “brunch” is not yet an accepted word oficially but probably will be in the future.
The meaning of “brunch” is a combination of two English words: “breakfast” and “lunch”. So it can be understood as either a late breakfast or an early lunch. Although it is true that little by little the eateries are extending their schedules and many of them offer it until 5:00 p.m.
Currently “brunch” is usually associated with weekends and holidays because they are the days when many of us can sleep a little longer and therefore we eat at a different time than usual. That´s why, it is usually served between 10.00 and 17.00, depending on the city and the restaurant.
Brunch usually combines sweet and savory foods. Among the savory dishes, eggs are the most popular items. They can be cooked anyway you like: omelette, fried eggs or scrambled eggs. Although the most typical, indeed, the original, will always be eggs Benedict. And what are the Benedict eggs? Well, allow me to explain. The base willalways be bread, fried crispy bacon strips are placed on the breadand on top of that apoached egg. The final touch is a generous covering ofhollandaise sauce.
Fortunately for us, nowadays, restaurants are creating more original recipies and, above all, healthier dishes. In addition, there are also more and more places catering to all different tastes, e.g., vegetarians, vegans or celiacs.
Once the basic concepts are clarified, let’s go into what matters to us. Where can we have the best “brunch” in Valencia? I will give you 5 options:
LA MÁS BONITA
La Más Bonita has two different locations: one on the beachfront and another in the centre of the city. It is one of my favorite places, a place with Mediterranean air and homemadeand delicious food.
They have 4 different brunch types: the English breakfast and Patacona Beach, both consist of “brunch” with eggs, bacon, sausages, etc; the Spanish Breakfast with Iberian ham for the more traditional clients and there is also another one with scrambled eggs, salmon and avocado, the healthiest option.
TIMES: Saturdays and Sundays from 12.30 to 17.00.
La Más Bonita Ruzafa
Address: Calle Cádiz, 61 (Valencia)
Phone: (0034) 96.323.64.00
La Más Bonita Patacona
Address: Paseo Marítimo de la Patacona, 11 (Alboraya – Valencia)
Phone: (0034) 126.96.36.199
Its name is a play on words between “celiac” from celiac (gluten intolerant) and “ruz” from Ruzafa, the name of the neibourhood of Valencia where the restaurant is located. It was one of the first places in Spain to produce all gluten-free products by hand in its own kitchens.
Every Sunday their “brunch” has a different theme: Italian, American, Spanish and Vegan.
And if you can not get there, no problem, you can order it by phone or e-mail and they will deliver to your home.
Times: Sundays in two sittings, the first at 12.00 and the second at 14.00.
Address: Calle Cuba, 54 (Valencia)
Phone: (0034) 96.341.33.88
Federal Café was inaugurated in Valencia in 2015, after the great success of the other two places in Barcelona and one in the neighborhood of Malasaña in Madrid. There is a non-stop-kitchen with a delicious variety of local and fresh produce.
It is difficult to choose a particular dish because they have an original and exquisite menu that also varies from time to time: chia pudding, lizzie muesli, raspberry and mascarpone puree croissants, hamburgers, tofu with curry, etc. But if something is famous from Federal Café is their eggs Benedict, which can be accompanied by spinach, bacon or salmon.
Times: from 10.00to 13.00on weekdays, from 10.00 to 16.00 on Saturdaysand from 10.00 to 17.00 on Sundays.
Address: Calle Embajador Vich, 15 (Valencia)
Phone: (0034) 96.061.75.96
DULCE DE LECHE BOUTIQUE RUZAFA
Dulce de Leche isa family project where Ana and Javier combine gastronomy and aesthetic in order to create a cozy café and patisserie with Nordic style, decorated with flowers and plantsandlots of natural light and a multitud of details.
Its menu is full of delicious options such as the incredible carrot cake with organic wholemeal flour or the pure Belgian chocolate cake with “dulce de leche”.
However, Dulce de Leche is famous above all because of its weekend “brunch”. Here you can taste a delicious “brunch” consisting of organic coffee or tea, orange juice or yogurt with honey, muesli and fruit, a small piece of cake and a piece of savoury pastry.
Address: Pintor Gisbert Street, 2 (Valencia)
Phone: (0034) 96.003.59.49
BASTARD COFFEE & KITCHEN
Bastard Coffee & Kitchen is a modern place decorated in an industrial style, with a simple menu but all its produce are made entirely in house.
In their “High Lane” menus you can combine the famous eggs Benedict with four options: caramelized bacon, avocado, salmon or spinach.
If you are a healthy person who does not skip the diet at the weekend you will have the Soho Menu, which offers a bowl of yogurt with fruit and granola, as well as coffee and juice.
And if you want an English brunch, at Bastard Coffee Kitchen they also have it, it’s the London Menu with eggs, French fries, caramelized bacon and English sausage.
Times: Saturdays and Sundays from 10:00 to 15:00.
Address: Calle de Leandro de Saralegui, 1 (Valencia).
Phone: (0034) 188.8.131.52