CHIRINGUITO OLALA BENISSA 680507469
Wonderful seaside setting, delicious tapas
Cala Baladrar is a small cove a few kilometres south of Moraira and is part of Benissa Costa. This is the location of the wonderfully named Chiringuito, Olala. It is not the easiest restaurant to find but with stunning views over the sea towards the Peñon de Ifach it is definitely worth the effort.
Like most chiringuitos or beach bars it is mainly a fresco dining under pine trees. On the day we went there was a major storm brewing, adding to the sense of drama.
There is no menu del día, but this was not a problem as our interest was in having a lunch of tapas. We selected four plates of tapas and they were magnificent.
We started with Torrajo, which was delicious grilled bread with a strong garlic alioli. There followed Patatas bravas accompanied with a tasty hot sauce. The boquerones or fried anchovies were really fresh. Finally we had steamed mussels and some our group declared them to the best they had ever eaten. O! la! la!
These four tapas dishes cost a total of just €30 and we then made a big mistake. We each decided to have a burger (€10 per unit) which was poor value in comparison and also in no way as tasty as the tapas. Next time we will stick to tapas only.
Our host selected a Rueda called Beronia (€17) and a red from Utiel Requena called B.O. Bobal (€13) both delicious.
Desserts were apple tarts and cheesecakes. Together with coffees and chopitos our lunch by the seaside cost €32.66 p.p. but next time it should be about €25 by sticking to tapas.