RESTAURANTE PINOS, PINOS

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Nov 062020
 

Restaurante  Pinos,         Pinos, Benissa       965973019

 ★★★★☆ 

Mountains of food and wine

             

Although not the highest village in the Sierra Bernia mountains, Pinos can certainly lay claim to some of the most spectacular scenery and views in the Marina Alta.  Technically part of Benissa, the village has some three restaurants catering to the locals as well as the many tourists that drive up the CV-749.

Restaurante  Pinos, also known locally as Maria´s, is on the right hand side of the road coming from Benissa and almost at the end of the village.  The restaurant is on two levels that share a great view down to the coast.

                         

The menu del día is priced according to the main course selected and in our case ranged from €13 (pork chops) to €17 (cordero en salsa). Included in the price was salad and a choice of sardines or delicious salchica as well as at least a half bottle of wine. The wine in question was Albadia del Roble, both red and white from La Mancha, and proved to be most acceptable.

                  

Besides the pork chops (the portion was three of them!) and lamb with sauce, we also tucked into stewed rabbit (€15) and lamb chops (also €15). Hearty and delicious, all of them. We were serenaded by a visiting guitarist for part of our lunch, although some of our group found him a little loud.

All in all a most enjoyable mountain lunch for just €17 p.p.

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CHRINGUITO OLALA, BENISSA

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Oct 022020
 

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.

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Mar 082019
 
GIRÓ,                       BENISSA          965730048

 ★★★★☆ 

Busy Giró- great grub

 

Avenida Pais de Valencia is the main street running through Benissa and a lot of businesses have suffered from the constant flow of traffic. This may change when the long awaited bypass is finally operating.  In the meantime it is good to see at number 100, a restaurant called Giró, that is so busy that it has to turn away customers that have not booked.

 

The frontage of Giró is small and one could easily walk past the restaurant without noticing it. The interior is small but cosy and because the restaurant is full, it is quite noisy.

Their menu del día is priced at €13 for three courses and including a glass of house wine.

There is no printed menu so the waiter recites the course options. In our case we opted for a salad of apple, red cabbage and carrot.

 

 

This was followed by individual vegetable cocas. Both starters were most enjoyable. Our host selected  the local house white wine, Santpere and a red Monastrell called Tempus Regit which were both priced at €9.00.

For main course most of our party opted for lamb chops in garlic whereas one of our members chose secreto de cerdo (pork).

 

Our host traded up with a further bottle of local red wine called Romanico (€14).

We were all pretty full at this stage so we skipped the desserts and instead had coffees and brandy. Cost of this enjoyable, cosy lunch was a modest €16.83 p.p.

Don´t forget to book in advance!

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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.

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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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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