Set next door to his Michelin two-star digs El Poblet, Quique Dacosta’s Vuelve Carolina could be described as its globetrotting, cosmopolitan cousin. It majors in fusion cuisine, with a sculpted, botanical-draped bar flowing seamlessly into the restaurant. Very much a place to drink and dine, or dine and drink, cocktails are given equal credence to the food. On any table, expect a global jamboree of small plates to include sea bass ceviche with tiger’s milk; roasted pork rib tacos with kimchee, red cabbage and mint; and always Dacosta’s signature, cuba libre of foie gras. Larger plates, designed for sharing, really embellish the fusion. Expect beef tartare with harissa and poppadom; prawn dumplings, scarlet prawn sauce and squid spaghetti; or veal cheek with red curry and coconut bechamel. In essence, Vuelve Carolina represents a freewheeling, fun and flavoursome side of Dacosta’s cuisine that perhaps does not have the chance to be released in his other temples of high gastronomy.
- Average price per person $50
- Tasting menu from $39
- Lunch and dinner: Mon – Sat
C. de Correus, 8, Valencia, 46002