CAL MORELL ORBA 965584000
Better in Orbeta
Cal Morell is not the easiest of restaurants to find, but it is definitely worth the effort. It is located in a backstreet of Orba called Calle d´Enmig on the south eastern side of the town in an area known as Orbeta.
The menu del día is priced according to the main course selected and ranges from €14.50 to €19.50, not including wine.
There were three obligatory starters to enjoy, the first was a Valencian salad using really fresh vegetables of the season. This was followed by a Timbal de Verduras which consisted of aubergine, cheese and tomato wrapped in strips of courgette. Finally a local dish called Berenai de Pasqua which was a small stew of lamb and pulses.
For our main courses, each one priced at €18.50, we had wonderfully tender medallions of beef, oven baked beef cheek and a slightly dry duck with a delicious bitter apple salsa.
Desserts were all home made a beautifully presented; caramelized apple with ice cream, chocolate mousse and a pumpkin and chocolate cake.
Our host did not hold back on the wines and we enjoyed a Rueda Verdejo called Mantell (€13.00) and a powerful 2009 Ribero del Duero called Teófilo Reyes (€23.00). Together with coffees and brandy our enjoyable lunch cost €34.57 p.p.