Apr 272012
 
BAR-RESTAURANT CAÑIS, BENIMARCO   965747215

 ★★★★☆ 

Paella perfection!

Bar-Restaurant Cañis is perched on the crest of the hill that drops down to the Mediterranean from the hamlet of Benimarco and enjoys great views of Calpe´s Peñon de Ifach all the way up the coast to Moraira´s El Portet bay.

The main dining area of this family run restaurant looks onto a small square that is dominated by an ancient stone cross, but we made our way through the bar to access the covered outdoor section.

Cañis is renowned for the Valencian dish of Paella and although a menu del día is available for €12 including a glass of wine, we opted for the house speciality and were not disappointed.

After the pan alioli and fresh tomato pulp, we ordered a salad for just half our number and even then we did not manage to finish the mountain of extra fresh produce that arrived. We also had some croquetas which were quickly wolfed down.

The house wines were from the Felix Solis stable and branded Diego de Almagro; the white made from a grape called Airen and the red a Tempranillo, both wines coming from Valdepeñas.

Our Paella was cooked to perfection, containing peppers, shrimps, mussels, chicken and rabbit and most importantly, the rice in the centre of the paella dish had become caramelised. Delicious!

We skipped dessert and instead had coffees and brandy and the total cost of this traditional Valencian cuisine was €24.93

 

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Oct 212011
 
COSTA MARCO, BENIMARCO    0034 966499997
 

 ★★★☆☆ 

A Swiss miss….

This restaurant, which is well appointed & comfortable, was formerly known as Marmite, & is situated close by the village of Benimarco next to a garden centre. It is now Swiss owned and run.

There were three menus, priced at €9.50, €13.50 and €19 and we tried each of them. All three menus included a visit to a salad bar, followed by a serving of a delicious peppery celery soup, a main course and a choice of two desserts.

For the cheapest menu the main course was beef liver cooked in a tasty wine sauce or beef slices with noodles. The next menu offered excellent baked hake with boiled potatoes and the most expensive menu served up fillet steak.

The desserts were unnecessarily smothered in cream from an aerosol which did nothing to enhance the otherwise tasty fresh fruit salad or the twin scoops of ice cream.

That we had a most enjoyable meal was nothing to do with the impersonal service, but rather more to the plentiful supply of wine – the whites a Navarra wine called Basiano & a Rioja called Valiestro de Senorio; the red was also from Rioja, a Crianza called Larchargo. These wines pushed the total bill to €29.67 p.p. which our host finally settled in the car park.

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