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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