valencia: brassa de mar restaurant renewal

© francesc rifé studio / photography: david zarzoso

situated on a sun-kissed stretch of mediterranean coast, valencia taps right into its many riches, and boasts one of spain's most buzzing culinary scenes. given the rice fields south of the city, it's traditionally linked to paella, arguably the country's most iconic dish, but there are obviously a lot more flavours to explore and savour. restaurant brassa de mar opened its doors nine years ago, and it has been a fave meeting place for gourmets from near and far ever since, but this year, owner and hospitality entrepreneur josé miralles decided it was time for something new. situated on the second floor is a newly created dining space, designed by francesc rifé studio, a practice based in barcelonabaptized rice club, the name is not only a nod to the region's main staple crop, but also references the main ingredient of its delectable menu. 

an elongated space of 400 sqm. [4,306 sq.ft.] with windows on one side facing the glistening expanse of the mediterranean sea, the sleek aesthetic is largely defined by a gradation of earth colours and latticed panels of poplar wood. the latter element not only divides rice club into separate sections, but as sliding window blinds, these panels also allow a play with light. a long corridor runs across one side of the restaurant, connecting the bar + lounge area to a variety of dining sections, ranging from semi-secluded booths, to open-plan dining spaces and a room for private culinary events. as said, the menu at rice club features rice as its main ingredient and a special menu to go with it, it also takes full advantage of the rich variety of local produce, including marine delicacies, offering fusion-like dishes that have clearly been inspired by miralles' asian travels. location: avinguda mare nostrum 50, second floor [alboraia].

© francesc rifé studio / photography: david zarzoso