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“Fabulous when we were there but they have changed chefs since”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Alma del temple - CLOSED

Alma del temple
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $27 - $54
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Good for: Romantic, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Business meetings
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
Description: Alma del Temple is a unique restaurant. Its atmosphere is, perhaps, the most special of Valencia and, according to German publishers Taschen, it is one of the most stunning restaurants in the world: experience a dinner next to the foundations of the Arabic wall that surrounded the city in the 13th century. Admire a contemporary interior design project developed by Francesc Rife where natural light, steel and glass become prominent. And, of course, enjoy the taste of our dishes: Mediterranean, creative and affordable. Recommended by Michelin Guide 2015. Because we believe good cuisine should not be just for a few :)
Marco Island, Florida
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367 reviews
175 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 206 helpful votes
“Fabulous when we were there but they have changed chefs since”
Reviewed September 14, 2013

Before my sister and I went to Valencia she researched restaurants and made us a reservation at this place. Our cab driver had some trouble finding it (hint: it's basically underneath the Caro Hotel. There was some amusing confusion when we got there as they thought we were waiting for two more people and we wondered why they weren't waiting on us but after that got worked out it was wonderful! I had a chicken entree that was magnificent. The two of shared a starter, each had an entree, had a dessert, a couple glasses of wine and 2 cappucinos and the total bill was 69 euros which was a very good deal! We have a travel blog and here are more of our comments on the restaurant and on Valencia if you're interested. http://blondebrunettetravel.com/2013/09/13/valencia-slightly-quirky-very-hot-and-with-much-to-offer-like-us/

  • Visited August 2013
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2 Thank KayMarco
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Cologne
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404 reviews
224 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 213 helpful votes
“the spirit of the temple makes for a very memorable dining experience”
Reviewed September 13, 2013

We arrived in the early evening as the first guests and were shown downstairs into a beautifully restored cavernous area with ancient walls situated here and there and pottery behind glass. A very different kind of environment – and although we were in effect in the basement, large windows let in daylight. Later soft indirect lighting created the perfect romantic atmosphere as the evening progressed. We could almost immediately sense the spirit of the temple as the restaurant’s name promised.

We decided to begin with several tapas as appetizers – delicious octopus carpaccio, steak tartar, and refreshing gazpacho with melon. We then tried something totally new for us – egg mollet, a soft-boiled egg with light crust accompanied by mushrooms and ham. Our main course, the Arroz del día, wasn’t as extraordinary as the various appetizers, but then paella can be challenging. The Protos Roble wine our server recommended was the perfect accompaniment to our extended meal. We had expected the price to be for the glass and were very surprised to discover that the price was for the bottle – meaning the restaurant definitely wasn’t making a profit on the drinks. And the meal itself was very reasonably priced, especially considering the luxurious atmosphere we'd experienced.

Unfortunately we didn’t get the chance to meet the American chef (from Oklahoma, which to someone born in Georgia (US) seems pretty exotic) – although we hinted to our friendly waiter that we’d very much like to. At least upon researching I came across a blog Brad Hyde wrote and learned a bit more about egg mollet. We also watched some of the charmingly filmed YouTube videos on the history of the building and realized we had had dinner at a place that could trace it roots through all of Valencia’s history – from the Romans to the Moors to the Knights Templar to today.

On our way out as the very last guests, we realized that we had actually been in a hotel, the lobby of which we’d peeked into on our way to the restaurant's entrance. We chatted with the friendly night clerk, who told us a lot about the stunningly beautiful boutique Hotel Caro, lovingly restored by the owner, with room prices that made us regret having booked our chain hotels in advance.

We decided on the spot to return for more of the spirit of the temple both in the restaurant and in the hotel on our next visit to Valencia.

  • Visited May 2013
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Thank GermanJody
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denmark
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84 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
“dissapiontment”
Reviewed July 27, 2013

we were looking forward trying this place and the place looked trendy and cool. But from the start it couldnt live up to our expectations. The waiter was cold and uinterested - she seemed annoyed when we asked for another table and when she spilled the amuche bouche (a gazpacho) on the table she just put a napkin on the big spot and didnt come with a new tablecloth.
The food wasnt much better. I ordered patata brata as a starter and expected something a little different from ordinary roasted potatoes - but it was just dry potatoes with 2 kind of sauces that had absolutely no taste. The lamb was fine, but with no different flavours or sauce. The same with the chicken - nothing exciting about the flavors. My sons burger was really good though.

All in all nothing special food wise but the reason for my rating was the bad service - the other waiter was also distant and absolutely not friendly.

  • Visited July 2013
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Thank teskeTeske
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Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
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54 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Outstanding!”
Reviewed July 11, 2013

My husband and I dined at Alma del Temple on our honeymoon in Valencia. This was absolutely our favorite dining experience on the trip. The restaurant itself is gorgeous, designed around 12th century Arabic city walls – a stunning combination of modern and ancient. And our meal was unforgettable. We opted to try the tasting menu, at the recommendation of the chef (Brad Hyde). Each dish was more impressive than the last. We are still dreaming of the Mollet Egg and Beef Entrecote – not to mention the Chocolate Cake with Pepper Ice Cream. We’re planning a return trip to Valencia next year, and we will definitely be back! Thanks again to Alma del Temple and Brad Hyde for such an unforgettable meal!

  • Visited April 2013
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1 Thank Kristin G
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Spain
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192 reviews
107 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 178 helpful votes
“A Dining Pleasure.”
Reviewed July 7, 2013

Beautiful restaurant located in a lovely hotel hiding in the small winding labyrinth of streets in the old part of Valencia. The food was absolutely delicious. The monkfish in a crustacean sauce a dish I will always remember. It was fun to have a good California chardonnay for a change as we don't get that much living in Spain or France. The serving staff were helpful and spoke English for anyone who does not speak Spanish. The clientele were mostly Spanish and that is a great compliment to the American chef. We had visited at lunch time earlier this year and had enjoyed our meal so much that we booked into a hotel for a night in Valencia just so we could try the restaurant at night. We will definitely be regular customers - day or night!

  • Visited July 2013
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1 Thank casden8
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