CASA FEDERICO, DENIA 965783041
Pricey Seaside lunch
Casa Federico, otherwise known as Restaurant Les Marines, is to be found at Calle Ausias March, 22 at a junction on the coast road just to the north of the port of Denia. Much of the restaurant is made up of a large patio space under a bamboo roof. This area alone must be able to accommodate over 100 diners so when the other rooms are included it is a very substantial restaurant for the kitchen and serving staff to cope with.
When we attended, the restaurant was busy looking after an almost entirely Spanish clientele. There is a menu del día on offer for €17 consisting of tapas, salad, a main course and dessert, but not drinks or coffee. There is no choice of main course, just arroz a banda, a rice dish with cuttlefish and for this reason we all decided to go à la carte.
Our starters included steamed mussels that were certainly very fresh, ham croquettes and consomé. All good.
Our host selected a verdejo from Castillo y Leon called Prado Rey (€15) and Luis Cañas crianza Rioja (€17), both very enjoyable, however our servers were somewhat erratic in delivering them to our table and several minutes could lapse between our request and the wine arriving.
For main course we savoured garlic gambas, sole meunière, grilled entrecote, grilled fillet and cordon bleu with a mushroom sauce.
Most of us continued with ice cream and coffee, but our decision to go à la carte proved to be costly as the bill amounted to a hefty €42.74 p.p.
Fortunately our brandies were offered by the house.