Burgers at Slaughterhouse
I once tried dining in Slaughterhouse, in Valencia's Ruzafa neighborhood, having heard that they have good burgers. But there was an exhibition opening at the gallery across the street and it seems to be serving only drinks.
Finally I had a chance to come back, and it still gave off the "bar" vibe. In fact, I had to go to the back to find someone who looked like they worked there (passing the cook and the waiter in the process!) to confirm that we could dine there.
They do have a very focused menu centered on burgers and a few other small plates. The kitchen is actually the first thing you pass on entering, basically some counter space with a little griddle.
I liked seeing the cook at work! The bacon for the burgers is sliced to order, and the burgers looked hand-packed and never-frozen. I ordered the Movska burger with a 100% beef patty, bacon, cheese, pickles, and a pickle sauce. That pickle sauce was super addictive!
The bread was a good, soft consistency that allowed you to squish all of the layers into your mouth, the meat was loosely packed, and oh, that sauce! If I could be picky, I would say I'd prefer more of a sear on the burger with a less well-done interior.
I'd definitely come back to Slaughterhouse. Besides a darn good burger, it has a cool vibe and indie magazines and books to browse.
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