EL TEMPLE BENIDOLEIG 966404632
Holy Moly! Chicken with chocolate!
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.
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.
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.