Oct 052012
 
CASA EUSEBIO     BENISSA   965732410

 ★★★☆☆ 

Declining dining

 

Casa Eusebio is located at the top of Avenida de Valencia in Benissa, and is well known for the excellent tapas served up in the narrow bar that leads into the elegant restaurant. Unfortunately the recession appears to be taking its toll and besides our group there were only two other customers present for lunch.

 

The menu del día is priced at €18, some €2 cheaper than in 2010, however the choice of dishes is now very limited. For the first course there was a selection of five tapas or a fish soup, both of which were delicious. However for the main course we could only choose between either rice with vegetables or steamed cod. We all selected the cod but wondered why there was no meat dish on offer.

 

The dessert choice was again limited to either flan or fresh figs with ice cream. A glass of wine was included in the price of the menu del día, but thankfully our host splashed out on several bottles of Palacio de Bornos Rueda (€13.50) and an Otazu Crianza from Navarra (€16.50) and this lifted our spirits in what was otherwise a rather disappointing lunch which cost €31.90 p.p.

 

PH 70                            

Apr 062012
 

TICO-TICO, BENISSA (34) 965748352

 ★★★☆☆ 

Tasty fare at Benissa sur Mer

Benissa is not just the name of the hilltop town in the Marina Alta , but the district that stretches down to the Mediterranean coastal strip between Moraira & Calpe. It is here at Partida Baladrar, close by the landmark luxury supermarket of Pepe la Sal, that one finds the long established Tico-Tico.

The style and décor is typically Spanish with tiled floors, beamed ceilings and no-nonsense high backed chairs around tables with linen table cloths.

The menu del día is priced according to one´s choice of main course and ranges from €9.70 for merluza or roast chicken up to €14.50 for entrecote steak. Most of the dishes are priced at €10.80 and it was from these that we primarily selected.

After having the traditional helping of pan alioli, we all chose the same starter, a rather bland shrimp cocktail that was lacking in any character.

Tico-Tico´s chef performed better with our main course selections; duck in a rich orange sauce, shoulder of lamb and entrecote with a pepper sauce all served with perfectly cooked chips.

For dessert we had chocolate mousse, home made ice cream and a fresh fruit salad – all good. Although the menu del día included a half bottle of the house wine per person (Don Hugo red & Don Darius white) our generous host kindly insisted on ordering Darsena Ruedo and Martina Berdugo Rioja and, along with coffees and brandies, the total cost of this enjoyable meal in pleasant Spanish surroundings crept up to €21.95 p.p.

 

MR  (74)

 

 

 

 

 

 

May 062011
 
Casa del MacoCASA DEL MACO, BENISSA. (+34) 96 573 2842
 

 ★★★★★ 

Sublime cuisine in a country hotel

Although technically attached to Benissa, Casa del Maco is a country hotel located just outside Calpe. Our enthusiasm for using the train from Benissa to travel to lunch took a battering on this occasion. On decending at Ferrandet station we could see the restaurant through some trees about 100 metres away, however it took a 25 minute hike through woods, past farms and homes whose owners had trained their dogs to bark at well dressed men carrying files and folders, before we arrived hot and sweating at the oasis of calm that is Casa del Maco. This Belgian owned establishment features in the Guide Michelin & produces sublime cuisine. We were treated to a thimblefull of stonefiltered water before perusing the menu del dia, which was priced at €24, not including wine.

For starters the choice was between Carpaccio of Octopus with a lemon cream sauce or breast of Quail braised in a Pedro Ximinez sauce. We chose the latter dish which was artistically presented and tasted delicious.

For main course we chose a tasty chicken supreme and a succulent Sea Bass & to accompany our lunch we enjoyed Doña Beatriz, Verdejo from Rueda and Finca Valdeguinea, Crianza from Rioja.

Desserts were pear crumble with chocolate ice cream and a selection of exquisite fruit tartlets. A pricey meal at €43.33 p.p. fuelled by our generous host´s choice of fine wines.

MR 82