Calle de Pelayo, 6, 46007 Valencia
5 out of 10
The Pelayo Gastro Trinquet is a well hidden gem in the Chinese quarter of Valencia, only 5 minutes walking from the Plaza de Ayuntamiento. The space is very open and light, with high ceilings which gives it a laid-back air, combining modern art and good food – perfect for an early lunch break. It’s a great place to try out the traditional “almuerzo” or “esmorzar”, as it’s called in Valencian, which is usually served in the morning until 12:00 o’clock.
"Trinquet" is the name for the court used in the Valencian Community to play "pilota", a traditional handball game.
Don’t miss the opportunity to try “Cremaet”, a Valencian speciality! Coffee, sugar, lemon, rum and sometimes cinnamon are the ingredients for this tasty beverage.
Good: We really enjoyed the gourmet take on the “almuerzo” that is offered at the Pelayo Gastro Trinquet. It’s a bit pricier than average but very tasty. The “Complet”, which includes a tapa (some olives or similar), a “bocadillo” (a baguette with lots of different options, such as jamón, tortilla de patatas, etc.), a drink and a coffee costs 6,50 €.
Bad: While the “almuerzo” is still in a medium price range, the lunch and dinner options are not cheap, so not the best place to go if you’re on a budget.
Ugly: The modern artwork at the entrance might not be to everyone’s taste (we wouldn’t really call it ugly though).
If you’re looking for somewhere a bit away from the tourist hotspots, where you can still try traditional staples of the Valencian cuisine, the Pelayo Gastro Trinquet might just be it.