CASES-DE-SANT-JAUME, BENISSA 691557733
Off the beaten track
This hotel/restaurant is hidden away down a country lane several kilometers outside Benissa on the way to Pedramala and Benimarco in an area known as Paratella. Apparently the owners are having difficulty in obtaining permission from the authorities to have signage erected on the main roads which is unfortunate.
The restaurant itself is most attractive and comfortable with great views over the surrounding countryside. We were the only customers for lunch. The menu del día costs €18.90 with supplements for some of the dishes.
There was a choice of three starters, three main courses and two desserts. The starters were mushroom soup, melon and serrano ham and shrimp cocktail (€1 +) – all quite acceptable.
These were accompanied by the house wine, a red and a white from Catalunya called Marques de la Concorda (€10.90).
Our host decided to trade up on the red and selected an interestingly named Rioja called ChitÓn (€15.55).
For main course we were served Entrecote with pepper sauce and vegetables (€3+), dorada with garlic and chips and pork fillet with mushroom sauce and vegetables. Unfortunately the plates were not heated and most of the dishes were overcooked.
Cases-de-Sant-Jaume is a delightful venue but has a real challenge in getting on the map. Our sortie there cost €35.68 p.p.