MARE, BENIDOLEIG

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Sep 042020
 

MARE,                  BENIDOLEIG        615092515

 ★★★☆☆ 

Focus on fish

Mare is a recently opened fish restaurant located at plaça diputació in Benidoleig. The style inside is elegant and modern and when we lunched there, every available table was fully occupied. The noise level rose as our lunch went on due in part to the echo of Spanish voices around the room.

There are two menus del día on offer priced at €20.70 and €35.70; we all decided to splash out and go for the pricier option. This entitled us to 10 courses which focussed on fish dishes but included sobrasada, a Majorcan spicy pork sausage, a plate of very colourful mushrooms and wonderfully flavoured tomatoes swimming in olive oil.

Our host selected two local wines to accompany lunch, the white was from Jesus Pobre and called Les Freses (€17.20) and the red, Del Moro from Requena (€16.80). Most of us preferred the red.

  

The fish platters started with sepia or cuttlefish which could have been a bit warmer and less chewy. This was followed by the iconic and very expensive Denia red prawn, which lived up to its reputation.  Finally we tucked into rape or monkfish, one of which had to be sent back to the kitchen as it was undercooked.

There was an excellent almond cake for dessert. Complete with coffees our noisy fishy lunch in Benidoleig cost a hefty €51.07.

 

 

 

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Sep 082017
 
BAR BALLESTA,      BENIDOLEIG       966404860

 ★★★☆☆ 

Hearty country fare

Bar Ballesta is typical of many bar/restaurants around rural Spain; a combination of shiny tiled floor , lots of chrome furniture and fittings, bright strip lighting but not a lot of soft furnishing.  Thus, efficient and clean, but not very atmospheric.

 

 

On Fridays Ballesta offers a menu del día that is limited to puchero, a well known Spanish dish consisting of a soup with noodles followed by a casserole of pelota, pork, chicken, sausage and lots of vegetables and potatoes. Hearty country fare but more suited for the winter than the heat of early September.

 

 

 

 

 

The menu del día costs a modest €9.00 and includes bread with alioli, the puchero, a half bottle of wine and coffee. One of our number decided to go off piste and enjoyed a dish of prawns cooked in garlic (€7) and a main course of fresh sepia or cuttlefish (€9.50), both delicious.

Our host decided to trade up with the wines and we enjoyed a Vinopoló Sauvignon blanc from Alicante and Peña Tejo from Utiel Requena both just €6 each.

 

In fact the total cost p.p. including brandies was just €15, remarkably good value.

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  EL TEMPLE    BENIDOLEIG   966404632

 ★★★★☆ 

Holy Moly! Chicken with chocolate!

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Benidoleig is probably best known for its caves, but hidden in the backstreets of the upper town on Calle Jacinto Benavente, close by the village church, is El Temple. The restaurant is cosy, decorated with oriental artefacts and has a small patio in the back for al fresco dining. 

The menu del día is priced at a remarkable €9.50 for three courses and a drink and on Sundays they have a very interesting Tapas menu for just €12.00.

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There was a choice of four starters – entremesas, mixed salad, soup or a very tasty duck foie gras with a raspberry sauce. Some of our group decided to go à la carte and chose a foie gras encrusted in nuts and seeds (€7.50) and served with ginger bread that did not really work together. Another member had mini hamburgers (€6.25) and was very satisfied with his choice.

 

The wines selected to accompany our lunch were Castillo de Aza, a Verdejo from Rueda and Dominio de la Vega, a red from Utiel Requena, both good quality and reasonably priced at €7.75 and €8.50 respectively.

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For the main course most of us were intrigued by the  roast chicken with chocolate sauce and an interesting dish it proved to be. The other possibilities were fish hamburgers with a tartare sauce or macarrones gratinados with Gorgonzola and walnut sauce. This chef is not scared to try new combinations and hats off to him!

 

Including desserts our most enjoyable lunch amounted to €22.96 p.p.

 

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