It’s a little hard to truly give an accurate reflection of L’Antina, simply due to the slightly unusual circumstance we found ourselves dining in.
Having conducted a little research, it seemed that L’Antina was certainly a well recommended restaurant, so I booked online a few weeks in advance of our trip to Valencia. I selected a relatively early (9pm) dinner by local standards and on a Wednesday evening, so we hoped for the restaurant to be a little quieter as we settled into our Spanish adventure. Upon arrival, we were not sure if the restaurant was actually open, as there was nobody dining there at all. This became the theme of the entire evening, we had the entire restaurant to ourselves.
So, I cannot comment on the ambiance of the crowd, or the service on a busy evening, however, I can comment on the experience that we enjoyed. The food was excellent. Small plates, with a set menu; which provided a twist on Caesar salad, a Canary Islands grilled cheese dish and Spanish crepes. This was washed down with a fantastic pitcher of Sangria, made on demand. The next two, slightly larger dishes, were fish (hake) on a bed of lentils and a fantastic green curry (with shrimp and pork). The service was fantastic, and we received instant attention (easy when we are the only customers!) and excellent advice about which restaurants to frequent later that week.
I would certainly recommend L’Antina, it’s a little off the main city center (15 minute walk), but worth it. The food was fantastic, the place is clean and modern, the staff very friendly, extremely affordable and the Sangria, delicious! I just hope that you have a few more diners there I order to create a more local and jovial atmosphere!
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