Dec 192014
 
RESTAURANTE PEPE,                 ALCALALI             966482456

 ★★★★☆ 

Pepe´s surly girl

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Restaurante Pepe, along with La Solana and Los Amigos, are all located on the road leading out of Alcalali in the direction of Pedreguer. The restaurant resembles a traditional arched Riu Rau, used for drying raisins and although it was December, the weather was kind and everyone had their lunch on the terrace outside.DSC00868[1]
The menu del día is priced according to the main course selected and in our case ranged from €13.90 to €16.90 which proved to be good value. Our starters included an apple and walnut salad, a tasty vegetable soup and a dish of cooked ham and leeks. The accompanying house wines were from Don Darius and were quite acceptable.

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The main courses were a substantial lenguado/sole on the bone, lamb cutlets and a hearty stew. DSC00870[1]
For dessert we selected profiteroles, wonderfully light merangues and rice pudding. DSC00872[1]

We were served by an attractive but rather surly waitress; however our enjoyment of an otherwise cheerful lunch which cost €18.24 p.p. was undiminished.
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LA SOLANA    ALCALALI   966482140

 ★★★★☆ 

Generous portions

The town of Alcalali in the Val de Pop is home to many long established restaurants, the largest of them being La Solana. We originally picked a table on the shaded patio, but the sultry heat drove us indoors to the comfort of the air conditioned dining room.

The menu del día is priced according to the main course selected and ranges from €9.50 for roast chicken up to €18.50 for lamb cutlets.

For starters we selected an artistically presented salad, grilled sardines, shrimp cocktail and entremesas, a substantial selection of meats that was large enough to have been the main course.

Most of us chose the 40 cm long grilled sole (€17) for our main course and it was deliciously fresh. The other dishes selected were grilled swordfish (€15), roast lamb (€ 15.50) and lamb cutlets (€18.50). A selection of vegetables complemented these dishes and it has to be said that La Solana´s portions are most generous.

The desserts included the usual suspects – ice cream, flan, fresh pineapple etc. La Solana´s house wine is priced at €3.50 but we decided to play safe and chose a Rueda Verdejo called 912 de Altitud (€6) which was a bit too fruity, so was replaced by a drier Chardonnay.

The red, Hoya de Cadenas Reserva 2007 from Utiel Requena and priced at just €7.50 was a triumph and our host had to reorder rather more often than usual to satisfy the demand.

Our Chilean server brought coffees and brandies to complete this convivial lunch which cost €23.75 p.p.

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