Feb 092018
 
LA FONDA,         BENISSA     966394502

 ★★★★☆ 

That fonder feeling

 

La Fonda is a long established traditional Spanish bar/restaurant and B&B that is located at Orxelles 36, which is a side street at the top of the hill in Benissa, just off the Avenida Pais de Valencia, close by a small filling station.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Recently La Fonda was subjected to a make-over and the result is a modern façade and once inside the bar and restaurant,  there is a good mix of dark wood furniture and clean white walls with large framed mirrors.

Although it was a chilly February day our group were welcomed by a warm and friendly ambience.

The menus del dí are priced according to the main course selected and ranged across €11 for chicken, €14 for rice and prawns and €20 for a large entrecote;  for starters we enjoyed large oblong cocas, pilotas and salads.

The house wines were a Rueda called La Casa by Menude and a Monastrell from Alicante called DNA Murviedro, both very acceptable. We completed our lunch with copas of brandy (€1.50) each having enjoyed the friendly ambience and agreeable staff who served well cooked dishes. The cost p.p. was just  €14.71.

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Apr 082016
 
CASA CANTO,            BENISSA       965730629

 ★★★★☆ 

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Casa Canto is a long established elegant restaurant at 237 Avenida Pais Valencia, at the Calpe end of the main street running through Benissa. The restaurant is well appointed with wonderful views across the countryside overlooking the Mediterranean onto the landmark Peñon de Ifach.

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The menu del día costs €25 including three starters, a main course, dessert and a half bottle of house wine.

The first of the starters was a couple of cocas which are mini pizzas and very tasty they were. However they were eclipsed by the foie gras served with a delicious homemade fruit sauce. The third starter was a substantial and refreshing salad of prawns and oranges.casa canto 006

The house wines accompanying our lunch were a Ruedo Verdejo called Viña Mayor and an Alicante Monastrell called Mo, both priced at €12.

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For main course one of our party had the house rice dish of the day, whilst the rest of us chose cod with pine nuts and almonds, or beef cheek served with a Pedro Ximinez sauce. Everyone was pleased with their choice.

The selection of desserts was traditional for the region; crema catalana, flan de turron and sorbete de limón –all good. Together with coffees and brandies our elegant lunch cost €33.20 p.p. and was worth it.casa canto 015

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May 082015
 
LA BUENA VIDA,            BENISSA            966499900

 ★★★★☆ 

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Although most people associate the name Benissa with the hilltop capital of the Marina Alta, the Benissa hinterland includes an area that is heavily populated with villas along the coast between Moraira and Calpe and, at 93 Avenida de las Marinas, the comfortable restaurant La Buena Vida is to be found.

 

La Buena Vida has an elegant modern décor inside and a substantial covered terrace outside. 014005

The menu del día is priced at €15.90 for three courses and a glass of wine.
There was a choice of three starters and we selected rather chewy calamares à la romana and an uninspiring salad. These were accompanied by a pleasant Rueda Verdejo called Colagón (€12.90).
The lunch improved however when the main courses were presented. A tender cod steak, a chicken korma and an absolutely delicious secreto de cerdo steak that was sliced into pieces of pork that melted in the mouth. 008

We were encouraged by the owner, who is clearly passionate about wines, to try the house red which was a vino de finca called Dominio de Fontana (€13.50), and very good it was too.012
For desserts we all selected the chocolate mousse and were not disappointed. With coffees and brandies our lunch in this seaside suburbia cost €27.60 p.p.

 

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Mar 202015
 
LA CULTURAL DE BENISSA,     BENISSA      965731949

 ★★★★☆ 

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This grandly named restaurant is run by the same family who used to have the Bon Gust establishment, also in Benissa. Their new venture is located in the Casa Cultural in the mediaeval quarter at 28 Calle Purisima and consists of a partitioned off section of a substantial bar and separate cafeteria in Benissa´s Cultural Centre.

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We were their only customers, although they were apparently fully booked the day before, on the feast of San José. The menu del día costs €15 and includes a half bottle of house wine, in this case a Rueda Verdejo with the bizarre name of K-naia.

For starters we had calamares á la romana, croquetas of cod, albondigas (meatballs) in an almond sauce and pelotas which are cabbage leaves stuffed with mince and pine nuts, all tasty.005

For main course we tried the arroz á banda and deliciously sweet pigs cheek. Our host splashed out on the reliable Rioja Muga which was on special offer of €28 for a magnum or the equivalent of €14 for a standard bottle compared with their house wine at €11.

The desserts were all made on the premises and included brownies, tarta de chocolata and flan. 010
The meal would have been more atmospheric if there had been other customers to drown out the sound of some noisy wine fridges. Nonetheless an enjoyable lunch that cost €21.17 p.p. coffee and brandy included.
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May 232014
 
RESTAURANTE TIMON, BENISSA        965836155

 ★★★★☆ 

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Restaurant Timon is located at the Club Náutico “ Les Bassetes” at Km 2 on the Moraira to Calpe road in the coastal zone of Benissa. This is a tiny harbour where one can sail, dive, bathe, take in the uplifting view of the Peñon de Ifach and enjoy the culinary delights on offer at the first floor restaurant that is Timon.

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Their menu del día costs €12.50, not including drinks. The starters were salad or chopitos fritos – deep fried baby squid, and the latter was particularly fresh and tasty. With these we tried the house wines, the white a chardonnay from Navarra called Fortius and the red was Darsena from Ribero del Duero, both priced at €11.90.  One of our party complained about the red, so our long suffering host traded up to the reliable Luis Alegre from Rioja (€18.50) and there were no further complaints.DSC00458
For main course the choice was between chicken or fish and our pleasant waitress suggested that as we were directly overlooking the sea, fish was the way to go and so most of us had the Lubina (sea bass) with vegetables. Two of our group opted to go á la carte and had sole on the bone which was good but a bit on the small side.
The dessert was a delicious mascarpone cream with a strawberry sauce. Exceptionally we were treated to coffees and brandies by the management and so our most pleasant lunch cost €21.53 p.p.

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Apr 052013
 

 

 

BON GUST       BENISSA    965731949

 ★★★★☆ 

 

Tastes good

 

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Although this restaurant opened four years ago, only one of our club members present had lunched here before and what a revelation it turned to be for the rest! 

Bon Gust is located at Carrer Nou 22, a couple of streets from the large church in the centre of Benissa and from the outside it looks like a typical Spanish bar with branded plastic tables and chairs on the pavement in front. Behind this deceptive front however is a classy bar and restaurant consisting of a series of rooms decorated with wooden walls and floors, glass and chrome.

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 The restaurant attracts the business community of Benissa and we were the only foreigners present. The menu del día costs €14 for three courses and a half bottle of wine.

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The choice of starters included croquetas of ham and cod, salad or really fresh calamares à la romano.

For our main courses we chose between an excellent arroz a banda, grilled swordfish and baked lamb that literally fell off the bone, it was so tender.

 Our desserts were a chocolate torte and ice cream.

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The house white was a delicious Rueda Verdejo with the unusual name of K-naia and our generous host treated us to the wonderful Rioja Muga 2008 Crianza (€22). Finally we rounded off this enjoyable lunch with mistelas which brought the total cost p.p. to a very reasonable €20.27.

 

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NB This restaurant closed in Spring 2014