Apr 282017
 
CASA DE BENI-ASIA,         BENITACHELL    966494042

 ★★★☆☆ 

Oriental delights

The Beni-Asia has been in business for a number of years under the watchful eye of the diminutive Fan-Fan. It is located on Calle Assegador which is the road leading up to Cumbre del Sol, just past the traffic lights in town.

 

 

The choice of menus is extensive and our host took an executive decision to opt for the 5 people menu (priced at €13 p.p.) times three, there being a record 15 around the table for lunch – 10 members and 5 guests.

 

We started with prawn and duck roll, deliciously crisp with one of the sauces offered, served on warm plates. Then on to a huge supply of shredded crispy duck, which was wrapped by us into the thinnest of gossamer warm pancakes.

A change of pace then took place, as supplies of sweet and sour chicken, Thai beef with green leaf vegetable, individually roasted pork ribs, more prawns, this time with bamboo and Chinese mushrooms, and a mixed vegetable dish.

All this was accompanied by Yang Chow fried rice and noodles. Included in the price of the meal was a half bottle of Alcanta house wine, or water. Some of the members decided to trade up to a Verdejo-Viura blend named Palacio de Vivero (€8.95).

 

 

The meal terminated with a glass of Magno brandy and the total cost amounted to €18.04 a head. Truly a prince´s feast at a pauper´s price.

 

 

 

PD 73             

Mar 282014
 

LA CUMBRE,   BENITACHELL   966493213

 ★★★☆☆ 

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Cumbre del Sol is a vast urbanisation on a treeless mountainside situated above the town of Benitachell between Javea and Moraira. It commands stunning views over the Mediterranean, but other than the Pepe la Sal supermarket and the Restaurant La Cumbre, it is somewhat soulless. The restaurant itself is elegant and is located in a modern building with a swimming pool and terrace.

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The menu del día is priced at €18 and includes bread and alioli, a selection of five tapas, sorbet with cava, main course, dessert and a half bottle of wine per person.The house wine, both white and red, is a very acceptable Conde de Caralt from Cataluyna. DSC00330

The tapas were a mixed bag, most were delicious but the spring roll was particularly oily. The lemon sorbet that followed was distinctly lacking any lemon flavour.

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Our main courses included a wonderful salmon papilotte and a tasty roast shoulder of lamb. The beef tournedo was tender but rather salty.

The desserts were enjoyable and included an unusual cold strawberry soup, chocolate cake and assorted ice creams. Our lunch totalled just over €24 p.p. including coffee and brandy.  2 la cumbre (1)PH 73