Mar 152019
CASA ROLANDO,          CALPE        965831052


No Misteaks at Casa Rolando

Located at no.3 C/ Dr. Fleming, a shady street in downtown Calpe, Casa Rolando is a small intimate Argentinian restaurant.


Efficiently run by a well known Argentinian husband and wife team, it is very popular with both Spanish and Expats alike as it offers really good value menus del día, which particularly appeal to staunch canivores.

Priced at just €9.90, the two course menu del día includes bread, a drink, and dessert or coffee. The starters on offer were cod stew, casseroled eggs or mixed salad.

Thereafter the choice was a sea-food noodle dish called fideuá de mariscos, oven-baked pork lomo or fried whiting.


Three of our group upgraded to the €19 menu which included an Argentinian style pasty, or salad, followed by beef fillet or a Galician entrecote.

Both were excellent and were accompanied by the very acceptable house wine from La Mancha called Ramon Corta.

Desserts were the usual flan, ice cream or profiterolls.


Casa Rolando is a cosy atmospheric restaurant and it is important to book your table as it fills up early, both at lunchtime and in the evening.

Cost p.p. €18.98

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Feb 012019
LA RACCHETTA,            CALPE         692652595


GAME for a SET meal at La Racchetta?

La Racchetta is Calpe Tennis club´s restaurant and welcomes club members and non members alike. The restaurant was recently taken over by an Italian group and is building a reputation for SERVING a good value (just €10.50) menu del día which changes daily.

Our lunch had a distinctly Italian flavour starting with Parmigione, a kind of aubergine lasagne. Also on offer were lentil and chorizo soup or potato salad.

For main course we chose Italian hamburger and chips, Rigatoni (vegetable macaroni) and griddled chicken thigh.

The wine was a light Alicante red from Villena (12%) and included in the price of the menu del día.

The choice of dessert was limited to ice cream or fruit so most of our party opted for coffee and as it was a cold day we warmed up with some Soberano –GAME, SET and down the hatch!


The décor of La Racchetta is somewhat Spartan and the room can get quite noisy although in warmer weather it would be possible to dine on the terrace outside.









NET price p.p. €14.14

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Jan 182019
RINCON DE CALPE,               CALPE      965832460


Traditional Spanish

Calle Oscar Esplá is one of many small streets connected to Avenida Gabriel Miró, the principal street of old town Calpe. The unassuming Rincon de Calpe is situated at no.2 with  a small frontage.


As is often the case, the bar area leads into a large and comfortable dining area which is decorated with tiles, paintings and a beamed ceiling.

It was a chilly January day when we entered and we were the only foreigners present but the welcome was warm. The menu del diá was priced at €15.25 for three courses and one drink. For starters there was a selection of tapas, salad and albondigas. The main course was either a mixed meat paella or chicken breast with a red pepper sauce.



Some of our group opted to go á la carte and enjoyed garlic soup or tortilla for starters followed up with pork chops (€10.25) and delicious grilled  prawns in garlic (€14.50).


Our host selected a very enjoyable Ribero del Duero called Senerio Real (€15.25).

We rounded off our traditional Spanish lunch with coffees and brandy and this brought the cost to €28.60 p.p.

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Nov 232018
EL BENIASIA,            CALPE      965875533



El BeniAsia is to be found at Avenida del peurto no.5 within walking distance of the spectacular Peñon de Ifach in Calpe. It is easy to spot on the drive down to the port as there are a pair of golden lions outside the entrance.

Our hostess was from Shangai but the cuisine was not exclusively Chinese as it included Thai specialities. The menu options are vast and although we were five in number we chose a menu for six (€66) as the selection of dishes was wider than for the menu for five (€55).

There were nine courses included in our menu and we started with a large spring roll each served up with delicious sweet and sour sauce.


Thereafter we worked our way through crispy aromatic duck, sweet and sour chicken and substantial spare ribs with barbecue sauce.

Included in the menu price was a half bottle of house wine per person, both came from Cariñena, the red called Viña Arazu was rather better than the thin white called Macabeo. Our host kindly traded up to Sangre de Toro (€8.95) and a 2018 Rueda called Arribeño (7.95) that could only have been a few weeks old, but nonetheless was acceptable.


Our lunch continued with sizzling duck with sour sauce, pack-choi, Szechuan chicken and finally, Thai beef.  The different courses were accompanied by fried rice and fried noodles.





Most of us skipped having dessert –ice cream or flan, and instead opted for coffees with chopitos of brandy offered by the house. This outstanding lunch cost €16.58 p.p.

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Feb 162018
LA FONTANELLA,               CALPE        865527743

Oh dear!




La Fontanella is an Italian restaurant located near the rambla below the old town district of Calpe at Pintor Sorolla 19. This street is not very attractive but you should never judge a book by its cover.

The restaurant inside is substantial and although there is a table linen service the overall ambiance is not particularly endearing. There are three menus del día to choose from priced at €8, €10.50, €12.50 and €14.50.

Most of our table selected the €12.50 menu and there was a choice of starters with ham and melon or bruschetta.

For the more expensive menu our diner selected coctel de gambas but it turned to be a singular shrimp with shredded carrot and lettuce,  albeit with a delicious sauce.

The pasta course was spaghetti bolognesa or tagliatelli carbonara; both ok. The main course was escalope Milanese served with chips but no trimmings, so the appearance of the dish was somewhat spartan.

Our host splashed out on some pleasant wines, a white called La mas Bonita (€14.50) and a Ribiero del Duero called Viejo Mundo (€14.90).  Although our waitress was pleasant, our service was slow and we had to request for water four times before it was brought to the table.

On the positive side the restaurant was clean, there was plenty of parking in the nearby streets and we were offered chopitos on the house, at the end of our lunch which cost €27.16 p.p.

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Jan 202017
RESTAURANTE TAVINO,              CALPE      965832667


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Tavino is located in Calle Blasco Ibanez, one of the streets running off Gabriel Miró in central Calpe. The street is full of restaurants but Tavino is noteworthy for its small al fresco area outside complete with a sign declaring  “A paradise for real wine lovers”.

Inside the restaurant the décor is classic but at the same time modern and attractive. On a cold, wet January day the warm muted ambience was welcoming and inviting.



At the bar area Tavino boasts a state of the art dispensing unit offering a wide selection of wines by the glass in perfect condition. At the rear of the restaurant is a bodega/wine shop with a limited range of quality wines.



The menu is extensive and although there is no advertised menu del día, there is one available on request at a reasonable €12.50 for three courses, excluding drinks and one of our group opted for this.  DSC01627

For the rest of us we selected deep fried camembert and calamares á la romana for starters and salads, schnitzel and pork cheeks for main course.

Our host did not scrimp on the wines, selecting a Rueda Verdejo called Rey Santo (€15) and a Rioja Crianza called Jaldum (€16.80).  We completed our meal with a Ribero del Duero called Silvanos which cost €4.10 per glass.



A very enjoyable lunch with excellent wines in comfortable surroundings, costing just under €33 p.p.

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Dec 022016
BASE CAMP,          CALPE     965831833


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Base Camp is a well established Indian/Nepali restaurant located at km 1 on the Calpe to Moraira road. It is easy to locate being next to the Bed Centre and a few doors away from the landmark bar called “Grizzly´s”. There is plenty of parking in front of the restaurant.

The outside has the appearance of a normal Indian restaurant with a small terrace for al fresco dining. Inside the restaurant is decorated with ethnic fabrics and impressive murals.dsc01577

The à la carte and takeaway menus are extensive and there are three menu del día options priced at €9.99, €16.99 and €26.99 for two people sharing. When we visited Base Camp it was a rather miserable winter´s day and we were the only customers; no doubt business would be brisk in the evening. Regardless, the atmosphere was warm and friendly although we did have to request the background ethnic music to be reduced in volume.dsc01574

We decided to select the €26.99 menu for two and thoroughly enjoyed savouring the starters of kebab sheek, chicken tikka, vegetable pakura and samosa. These were followed up by main courses of two varieties of chicken and two lamb curries accompanied by potato side dishes, naan bread and deliciously cooked rice. There was a choice of mixed ice cream for dessert or coffee.


To complete the authentic Indian experience were large bottles of Cobra beer (€5.50) and some of us opted for a perfectly acceptable Marques de Teran Rioja (€13.50).

Service was efficient and attentive without being obtrusive and the cost p.p. for this very enjoyable Indian lunch was €26.49.

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Jul 292016
LA FOSA,              CALPE        965835324


Strange name for a restaurant!

The Playa de Levante stretches to the north of the iconic Peñon de Ifach in Calpe and on Calle Llentiscle 7 is the strangely named Restaurant La Fosa. It has a spacy interior and large terrace overlooking the Mediterranean a with a stunning view of the Peñon.

There are three menus del día to choose from priced at €12.50, €16.50 and €20 and all include a half bottle of wine. Two of our group selected the mid priced menu whereas the rest of us opted for the €20 option; none of us was disappointed.

As it was our host´s birthday he treated us to some classy wines including  Pagos del Rey Rueda Verdejo (€15) and Habla de la Tierra from Extremadura (€14.50). We completed  the red with manchego cheese and followed this with coffees and brandies.

A delightful lunch which cost €38.03 p.p.

Fosa in Spanish translates to “ pit, ditch, cavity or grave” in English!

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Jul 082016
BAR ESPAÑA,               CALPE    865670502



Bar España is a small restaurant located on Calle la Mar 5a in the hilly part of Calpe near the Cultural centre. In summer the restaurant uses the sidewalk on the other side of the street to place tables for al fresco dining.

The menu del día costs €10.50 and includes a half bottle of wine. We started our lunch with gazpacho and salad and moved on to grilled lamb, chicken breast and fried merluza. All rather bland.

Cost p.p. €18.44

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Jan 292016
DE JAYENA,               CALPE                                 965839473


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Our lunch club last visited Restaurante de Jayena in the upper town in Calpe back in 2007 and nothing much has changed since then.

The restaurant and bar is located on a corner site at Calle Malaga and blends into the surroundings to such an extent that you could easily pass it by.

The interior décor is warm and comfortable and there is table linen service.

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There are three menu options on offer with the top menu costing €15, a rice menu priced at €14 and the so-called menu gastronomico costing a modest €9.25.
We opted for the latter and were provided with the usual pan alioli and a salad before our starters arrived. jayena, calpe 004

These were entremeses, a somewhat unexciting selection of cold cuts of meats, and unusually for a starter, a substantial stew or estofado. A white Valencian wine called Tia Poma accompanied these dishes.

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For our main course we chose fillet of beef and cordon bleu, which one of members declared to be the best he had eaten. A bottle of Rioja called Armegil (€8.80) was served with these dishes.
Together with coffees and brandy our comfortable lunch in Calpe cost just €15.68 p.p.
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