Beni-Ruta, Benigembla 644606817
Great potential –one to watch
Benigembla, at the west end of the Val de Pop has been transformed in recent months by some wonderful, high quality murals on many of the buildings. Indeed there is one on the front of the restaurant Beni-Ruta showing a map of towns and villages throughout Valencia that incorporate the prefix “Beni” in their name.
Beni-Ruta has only been open for a few weeks so our review is almost certainly premature. The restaurant has just been constructed and fitted out to a high standard and will in due course extend to three levels. There are numerous references to Route 66 in the décor and this presumably where the name Beni-Ruta came from as the Spanish owner appears to have lived and worked in the USA for a number of years.
We had our lunch in the spacious dining area on the first floor and later were allowed to have a look at the other floors above. The top floor is a rooftop patio that will be developed as an open air barbecue area with spectacular views onto the Sierra del Cavall Verd and the Val del Pop.
The menu del día is priced at €12 and starts with a fresh salad. We then selected three of the starters, namely very tasty revuelto de verduras, macaroni bolognesa and a rich tomato soup.
On the wine front we enjoyed a Rueda verdejo called Analivia (€14) and a Rioja called Ontañón (€15).
For main course we had ternera estufa and a chicken dish, both good. Finally we had for dessert apple strudel with ice cream and this was followed by coffees and chopitos. The price per person for this interesting lunch was €21.80 and we will undoubtedly be returning to Beni-Ruta as it develops its full potential.