GANIVET I FORQUETA, JALON
Authentic noisy Valencian Riu Rau
Formerly named Caramull, Ganivet i Forqueta (Knife & fork in Valenciano) is locatated in a former Riu Rau on the edge of Jalon on the road to Benissa.
This long building would originally have been used by farmers to dry raisins.
There was a choice of three menus & we selected the menu arroz, priced at €15 including a glass of wine. The other menus were priced at €22 & €34.90.
Ganivet I Forqueta prides itself on producing much of the vegetables, herbs and olive oil that accompany its dishes, which are best described as nouvelle cuisine Valencian style. The designer tablewear and glasses complemented this contemporary style.
We enjoyed a dish of cucumber with a home made organic bread and olive oil, followed by a small pizza or coca with tomato pesto. A fresh salad with a delicious seed dressing was followed by a cream of rabbit liver with stunning crunchy biscuit from Soria, or a tiny beef stew with a cube of potato.
We tried the two rice dishes on offer, the rabbit with caramalised onions was far better than the rather bland cod offering.
The dessert was almond & raisin tart with whipped egg white which did not add to the dish. Our host selected Ribeiro Vilerma white and Viña Alberdi Crianza from La Rioja priced at €18.50.
An enjoyable lunch in an authentic noisy Valencian Riu Rau.
Cost p.p €26.40
N.B. This restaurant closed December 2011.