Must tries: Jordi Valles of Spanish restaurant Agua

This is part nine in the Must Tries Series that asks people in the Beijing bar, restaurant and wine business to give us their recommendations. This time up: Chef Jordi Valles of Spanish restaurant Agua in Sanlitun’s Nali Patio.

Get veal, people! (photo: Agua)


What is the ‘must try’ food at Agua?

The “must eat” food is our “slow cooked Wagyu veal cheek with marinated plums in red wine and lightly pickled beetroot”.

What is the ‘must try’ drink at Agua?

Bodegas Maurodos “Prima”, a typical wine from the Toro region in Spain. This wine is full bodied with great depth and concentration, and received 91 points from Wine Advocate. It is 95 percent Tempranillo and 5 percent Grenache, and is produced by the most recognized winery in this region: Bodegas y Vinedos Maurodos. It is only available at Agua in Beijing (RMB65 glass / RMB410 bottle).

What three ‘must try’ items at other venues in Beijing?

The Wagyu short ribs at Jaan at the Raffles Beijing.

The “plateau fruit de mer” [seafood platter] at Brasserie Flo.

The vegetarian “hippie” sandwich at Element Fresh.

2 thoughts on “Must tries: Jordi Valles of Spanish restaurant Agua”

  1. The California hippie sandwich is one of my all-time favorite dishes in Beijing — I’m very pleased to know that Chef Jordi’s a fan, too!

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