Can a simple morsel transport you to another country, making you travel around the world without getting up from the table? Flying by just closing your eyes is the dream of any traveler, that’s what Clectic promises, at least as far as gastronomy is concerned. The Mexican chef with Spanish roots Mauricio Gómez has managed to transmit all of his personality and experiences into the menu and the wall of this Valencian restaurant. And we can assure you that he has achieved this objective.
Mexico, Peru, Italy, Greece and Spain are some of the countries you will visit while sitting at the table. Migratory cuisine is what Mauricio calls it, a concept that, curiously, arose as a result of the great whale that presides over one of the murals in the restaurant. Because, if anything, this chef shows that there is no fusion: the dishes are the same as you would try in their home country. It’s what happens, for example, with the refreshing Acapulco cocktail, a restorative drink in Mexico that is usually taken to recover from the night that got out of hand, but we guarantee that it’s also a delicious option to diners, with a base of Bloody Mary, prawns, avocado and mango. The crispy red tuna toast, accompanied by Ponzu sauce, citrus caviar and avocado cream is one of the options to start this gastronomic trip where you will find options for all tastes. If you’re looking for a vegetarian option, the Greek Tzatziki with vegetable crudités and pita bread will enchant you
With experience in Michelin-starred restaurants in Spain and abroad, Mauricio Gómez also went to Ameyal’s kitchen. However, just a few steps from that restaurant, another local was looking for new owners and saw the opportunity to carry out their own project. Thus Clectic was born by Mauricio Gómez, a place of casual style in which to develop the whole menu at its whim. The result is more than interesting, not any restaurant can intersperse with guarantees in its menu dishes like a ceviche tai – very refreshing with the mixture of coconut milk and cucumber sorbet – pita Cochinita Pibil – in which leaves patents its roots – or chicken korma. And there are only a few examples of the variety of kitchens that coexist in this space. If you go on a cold day, the roasted pumpkin cream, with Morita chili oil and pork rinds will give you the energy you need to temper your body. Although if you prefer a more powerful American dish, you should try the Mac & Cheese of prawns and lobster.
In general, this coexistence of cultures and cuisines is also reflecte in the day to day activity of the restaurant. Beyond a team of work, Clectic is a small family, and that is evident in every detail of space and in the attention to the tables. Celtic is well worth making the stop in the center of the city. It would be an unforgivable sin if you left without tasting the homemade desserts. With the creamy salad of Grandma Magy you will not only travel in space, but also go back in time to your childhood, with that mixture of apple, peach, grape, clouds, walnut and vanilla. Although there are a variety of homemade sweets that will be difficult to choose from: millefeuille of dulce de leche to the salt; pumpkin pie (roasted pumpkin cake with spices and hazelnut caramelized peanuts), chocolate cheesecake…
Gran Vía Marqués del Turia 63, Valencia
Hours: Monday to Thursday from 1:30pm t0 11:30om | Friday and Saturday from 1:30pm to 11:30pm | Sunday from 1:30pm to 4:00pm
Average Price: 25-30 euros; menu of the day 10 euros.
Phone: 96 322 77 48
Text: Inma Sánchez Casabán
Photos: Laura Torres