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.