There weren’t many things we didn’t do right for our short weekend trip to Valencia.
- We took only a tiny bottle of sunscreen and, on our first day, went to the beach at 12pm while the sun was at its peak.
- For some reason we decided to ditch the sunscreen for sun oil.
- Lying in the sun during the hottest time of the day with no sunscreen- but a good amount of sun oil- resulted in a horrible sunburn.
- All we could do was avoid the sun for the rest of the weekend.
Regardless of us being stupid, we still had a good time and more importantly, had amazing food. We tried fresh snacks from Valencia’s historic central market- Mercado Central and Paella at the beach.
But we found the true foodie experience in a tiny restaurant a few streets down the busy shopping streets of Valencia Plaza.
I had heard about Mood Food Valencia before our trip already and it was the one restaurant I really wanted to eat at in Valencia. It’s not strictly Spanish food, more Mediterranean with a twist.
We took a couple google map screenshots and made our way to the restaurant. We get lost easily but we made our way to the restaurant without a problem. It’s really not far from the city center/ station area.
As it’s so often with good restaurants and us, we were told they were fully booked for the night. As it also happens a lot with us, we got lucky and were told they had some spare seats at the bar.
Apparently they keep the bar seats free for walk in customers. We were the first “walk-ins” of the evening so we got the bar seats.
I am sure they are less busy during the week or for lunchtime. But if you plan to eat there on a weekend night I recommend to make a reservation.
The staff was extremely nice and helpful and after telling us a bit about the concept of Mood Food and our food choices we opted for the 6 course tasting-menu. The taster menus get tailored to every customers personal taste. The waitress asked us a few question about our food likings/ allergies etc. and we were each able to choose two dishes from the menu. The chef chose the last two for us as a “surprise” according to our preferences.
There are also 8 course taster menus and of course you can just order separate dishes on their own. I really recommend the taster options though.
I also quite liked the concept of the chef choosing some of the dishes for you. That way you get to experiences dishes you would have never chosen otherwise. Or maybe you will even discover a new favorite dish.
I was willing to try whatever would be served.
The Food at Mood Food
All the portions were all quite small (at least they seemed to us at first) but the food came at a reasonable pace with generous breaks in-between, which made us feel quite full relatively quick. I am not going into detail with every dish, just a quick description: We had a creamy soup (I think it was a pea soup, which I usually don’t like but this one was not only flavorful but also delicious). The soup was just a tiny portion but we later found out that it was just an “amuse-bouche” and not actually part of the 6 course meal.
Basically an amuse-bouche is just a little “taster” of the food which showcases the “chef’s approach to the art cusine”.
The Taster Menu
We then had Patatas bravas, a dish that is native to Spain and is often served in Tapa bars. The twist were the sauces which were amazing. This was literally the first time I had those potatoes. From what I read you usually eat them with a tomato-y sauce. The sauce also contains chili, smoked paprika and garlic, topped with Mayonnaise. I am sure the Mood Food version was a bit more elevated, or at least it seemed so.
Although that dish was simple I absolutely loved it. Next time I visit Spain I will have to try more of those Patatas bravas.
Another highlight was the Ox streak, cooked to perfection (I am not a Steak pro though) and the Truffles with Mushrooms. I don’t eat Truffles often so that was definitely a nice experience. My boyfriend hates mushrooms but even he liked that dish. It was probably my favorite out of all the courses.
We also had a salmon salad, a Thai curry with Prawns and a chocolate mousse for dessert.
We didn’t get to try any of the more exotic, more crazy sounding dishes but it was a really nice meal, Spanish mixed with an contemporary twist.
From checking their current menu it seems that they update their it quite often to keep it interesting. Mood Food is one of the best restaurant experiences I ever had. It was a bit pricey for us but seeing how they use fresh and a wide range of ingredients and turn them into such amazing creations it’s well worth the money.
For everyone who wants a great Foodie experience Valencia’s Mood Food is the place to go!