I don’t live an exciting life while I’m actually in Valencia. Don’t get me wrong, I think international teaching is the best job ever and that it is endlessly fascinating, but after the school day is over I live a pretty boring life. I normally go home, read a book, write on my blog, work on lesson plans or grading, and perhaps stream a TV show or two (I save most of the excitement for my vacation time when I go to places like Machu Picchu, Dominican Republic, and Argentina!). SO, when someone mentioned that the best hotel in town had a Sunday brunch, it gave me something to look forward to.
However, nothing is easy in Venezuela!
Naturally I wanted more information about the brunch, so I tried looking on their website. The only mention is the time of the brunch, 12-4PM (I think these times disqualify this as a brunch, but perhaps I’m being too American).
I have my Spanish speaking friend call the hotel…and call again…and again. Nobody picks up. Finally someone answers, but they don’t know the times of the brunch for sure and they don’t know how much it is. We were told to make a reservation but he couldn’t help us with that either.
We decide to go anyway, because we had nothing better to do Sunday afternoon.
I drive us there and have some trouble with all the one way streets and finding the parking garage. I finally find the entrance and we get in!
The food was delicious, the service was better than many places here, and the chocolate mousse was fantastic. They even gave us one “cocktail bienvenida” which was champagne with lime peel in it.
For future reference, the Sunday brunch at the Hesperia in Valencia, Venezuela costs 1,500 bs (or $8.33 USD). It is not from 12-4PM as stated on their website. The restaurant would only let us in at 12:30 and they say that the brunch ends at 4:30.
It is not the same as the amazing Bubbalicious brunches that I attended in Beijing, but it was one of my best dining experiences in Venezuela, and definitely the best restaurant I’ve been to in Valencia.