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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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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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Sep 192014
EL CANTAL,         CALPE       965832830


Not a lot of lobster…DSC00725


El Cantal is located at number 16 on the grandly named Avenida Isla de Formentera which is the street leading down to the port of Calpe. The restaurant is modern and functional with stunning views.DSC00729


Their menu del día is priced at €16.90 but does not include any drinks.There were three starters, the first being a cold soup -cream of melon with port. It was so sweet that it could have been served as a dessert. This was followed by deliciously fresh calamares á la Andaluza and salad. The starters were accompanied by the reliable Rueda Verdejo called Menade (€14).DSC00732
For main course two of us shared paella with lobster, well, half a lobster. The others had grilled entrecote and two of the members were very satisfied with their choice, however the third luncher found his steak to be decidedly chewy and salty. Our generous host produced a Ribero del Duero 2011 Crianza called Romantica (€15) which certainly added to our enjoyment.
The desserts included profiteroles, brownies and ice cream and when the wines, coffees and brandies were included our lunch cost a hefty €33.40 p.p.
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Jun 272014
DSC00613ROMANTICA,   CALPE     965839687


Twister langostino

All of the streets leading down to the substantial beach of Playa del Bol in Calpe are named after countries and Restaurante Romantica is to be found between Calles Holanda and Grecia. Despite the name, the restaurant does not look particularly romantic, but we were there for lunch rather than romance.
We selected both the menu del día, competitively priced at €11.40 for a three course lunch including wine, as well as the Paella menu priced at €13.50.DSC00620

Most of us chose the intriguingly named coctel de twister langostino which proved to be delicious deep fried battered twists containing prawns, whilst the less adventurous had slices of two homemade pates for their starter.
The paella was preceeded by fresh avocado stuffed with shrimps.

All though we were right beside the sea almost everyone decided on meat dishes for the main course, either a substantial mixed grill or lamb chops – both excellen and our fish eater was pleased with his choice of salmon steak.



The house wines were Abadia del Roble from La Mancha. The red was acceptable but the white was given the thumbs down and so our host kindly selected a Rueda called Darsena (€11.70).


For desserts we enjoyed profiteroles, fresh pineapple, melon and an almond tart. The cost of this pleasant, if unromantic, lunch was €25.38.



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Jan 172014

DRACULA,     CALPE      965839211DSC00165


D is for Dracula….. 

Avenida del Puerto consists of a long line of restaurants and bars in the port area of Calpe. At the bottom of this street that leads to the Port is the busiest restaurant, a piece of Romania dramatically named Dracula. The décor in the patio area includes a wall featuring Dracula’s castle, the lettering dripping with blood and inside the restaurant the bric-a-brac includes paintings of the Count framed by swords and further scenes of Transilvania.

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Dracula’s clientele included Spanish, Romanians and northern Europeans and when we quizzed some of the regular lunchers as to the reason why Dracula was so popular, they advised that the host was always generous to his clientele and indeed this proved to be the case.


Dracula has three menus del día, priced at €10.50, €13.50 and €15.50 and most of us chose from the latter whereas one of our members went à la carte. Once we had made our selection our generous host brought us a plate of mussels to sample, on the house.


Our starter from the menu was prawn cocktail and our off piste member enjoyed a plate of scrambled eggs and gambas, which we washed down with the pleasant house white from Cariñena called Castillo Ducay (€9).


The à la carte main course was lamb cutlets, slightly overcooked, and from the menu we were presented with a substantial moist pork knuckle cooked with beans or with fries and fresh salad –both good. These dishes were accompanied by a Rioja Crianza called Lozaniel (€9).


We decided on coffees rather than desserts and again our host lived up to his reputation for generosity by providing free Romanian grappa and brandies to finish off a quirky but enjoyable experience. Cost p.p. €27.

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Oct 042013

CAPRI,       CALPE      965830614


Seaside treat

DSC01194The restaurant Capri is a Calpe landmark located at the bottom of Avenida Gabriel Míro, overlooking Playa Arenal-Bol, with the imposing Peñon de Ifach in the distance.


We chose to lunch on the terrace which proved to be a great spot for people-watching. DSC01193


The menu del día costs to be a reasonable €14.95 for three courses including a half bottle of house wine per person, however this does not include VAT/IVA, so the real price is €16.00 per person. DSC01185

The house wine was from Alicante called Alcanta but our initial tasting resulted in our host kindly trading up to Riojas, a white from Marques de Caceres and a red from Lagunilla.


There was a pre-starter of bacon wrapped dates and cheese croquetas offered by the house a very tasty it was too. DSC01186

Our selected starters were a goat’s cheese salad and a substantial refreshing prawn cocktail. DSC01188

For the main course we selected merluza à la Romana, escalope Milanese and grilled breast of chicken, all served with salad and frites. All good safe dishes if not particularly challenging.



Desserts were a home made flan or a fried milk dish with ice cream. The Capri very generously supplied complimentary brandies with our coffee and our total bill amounted to €27.75 p.p.

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