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CASA RIPOLL,              ALTEA LA VELLA        965848068024


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Altea la Vella or Alta la Vieja as it used to be called, is a peaceful little village a few kilometres inland from its namesake of Altea. The magnificent Sierra Bernia provided a spectacular backdrop as we sat on the tranquil terrace of the family run Casa Ripoll, which is located on Cura Llinares.
The menu del día costs a modest €9 for three courses and a glass of wine. There was a choice of three starters, a dish of lentilles, a portion of paella or a pisto which was a selection of cooked vegetables sitting underneath a fried egg. 017

Good, honest, unpretentious fare. The house white was rather bland so our host order a bottle of the house red which was a very acceptable Faustino Rivero Ulecia from Rioja (€8.50).

For main course we chose calamares á la romana and albondigas (meatballs), both good. The service was attentive and friendly, if a bit on the speedy side, so we took a break before moving on to the desserts. These were bought in rather than homemade and consisted of ice cream, flan or natillas.

Our delightful lunch cost just €17 including coffees and brandy.
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Apr 192013



MYKONOS   ALTEA  603265475


Cycladic cuisine

Restaurant Mykonos is situated on the seafront in Altea at Calle Sant Pere 23, facing east towards its namesake island in the Cyclades. The restaurant itself is furnished in typically Greek style and with rather Spartan upright chairs. Our server was from Salonika.


It is sometimes said that the best Greek cuisine is to be found outside Greece and we decided that we would explore the à la carte menu as the options of the menu del día (€12.90 for two courses and a coffee, but no wine), did not excite our taste buds.


We shared a plate of Meze (€8.50) which comprised mixed pulses, peppers, onions, tomatoes and yoghurt. It was fresh and flavoursome and also entitled us to an ouzo at the end of the meal. For the main course we had Stifado (€10.60) which turned out to be beef, onion and tomato presented in a colourful lidded pot, lamb with rice (also €10.60) and prawns with a spicy sauce and fries (€14.70).


Mykonos does not have a wine list as such, but both house wines were of a good standard and reasonably priced. The white was Viña Pati from Rueda and the red was from Jumilla and called Cinglano Crianza 2009, both priced at €8.70.


Together with coffees and aperitifs the total p.p. amounted to €26.65

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May 252012
SABOR,  ALTEA   965843274



The tram trip down the coast to Altea provided stunning views and made for a relaxing journey to this week´s restaurant which was located on the Avenida del Puerto opposite Altea´s Club Nautico,  about a ten minute stroll from the railway station.

Sabor is a well established Belgian restaurant that deservedly thrives during the current recession. It is staffed by young, attentive servers and we were initially shown to a table inside the bright modern restaurant, but on request we were transferred to the last available table on the Patio to cool down and people watch. The noise of the traffic was a bit distracting at times.

The menu del día is priced at €15, not including drinks, and follows a simple formula of offering three starters, three main courses (one meat dish, one fish and a vegetarian option) and three desserts.

We opted for salad with crutons and a delicious carpaccio of roast beef for our starters. There was also celery soup on offer.

Most of us chose shoulder of lamb for the main course and were well pleased, in contrast to our lone fish eater who found the rolls of sole cooked with a champagne sauce to be on the dry side.

Our lunch was completed with Dame Blanche – vanilla ice cream served with a decadent Belgian chocolate sauce.

We enjoyed the house white, a Verdejo from Rueda called Palestra priced at €10, and traded up for the red with Larchago Crianza from Rioja which was reasonably priced at €13. Our lunch was rounded off with coffees and brandies which brought the total cost p.p. to €27.58.


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Apr 042011
DarsenaDARSENA, ALTEA. (+34) 96 688 1186


Rushin’ here, Russian there..

We took the train from Benissa for a 30 minute trip to travel down the coast through spectacular scenery, to Altea, to have lunch in a Russian restaurant.

Darsena is one of many seafront restaurants on the Paseo Sant Pere, a few minutes walk from the train station. They offer both Russian and typical Mediterranean menus at €14.95 and we selected dishes from both.

Most of us chose a soup of fish fillets spiced up with dill, fennel and a shot of rather sweet vodka, from the Russian menu. Regular diners at the next table opined that pepper vodka should have accompanied this dish.

Our conservative diner had a prawn cocktail, followed by lamb chops. Another club member tucked into a substantial sole for his main course whereas the bravest of us opted for portions of chicken Kiev laden with garlic.

We completed our lunch with apple tart with vanilla ice cream or coffee.

We chose the house wines – the white was called Ladero and came from La Mancha and the red was a tempranillo from Tierra de Castilla called Batuta. One would have to say that the train trip was the highlight of this lunch. Total p.p. €19.72

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