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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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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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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Mar 142014

HOTEL GRAN SOL,   CALPE    965836282


Norwegian makeover

The Gran Sol is a long established hotel and restaurant in one of the suburbs of Calpe where a GPS is a definite advantage to locate one’s destination. The address is Urb. Gran Sol 6B which is a few streets to the south east of Imperial Park.


The hotel is an unassuming building from the outside and has been going through a makeover by the Norwegian family that bought it about a year or so ago. On entering the restaurant there is a large comfortable lounge area to chill out in, a bar and then restaurant itself with a  terrace outside with views onto the Peñon d’Ifach.

The refurbishment of the restaurant’s decor includes a lot of stone and wood and is very pleasing to the eye.DSC00274

The chef at the Gran Sol is English and his menu is too.

Our starters included homemade croquetas de jamon, a French onion soup and gambas with a sublime cider sauce.


The price of the menu del día is set by the main course selected and in our case ranged from €12.50 for a Beef and Ale pie, or roast pork with crackling to €18.00 for duck à la orange. All tasty.

Our desserts included profiteroles and an apple pie.  DSC00280

The house wines were from Somontano and branded Montesierra. The white was an unusual blend of Chardonnay, Gewurztraminer and Macebeo whereas the red was a traditional Cabarnet Sauvignon/Tempranillo. Both good honest wines which cost €9 once the half bottle person limit had been passed. 

The total cost p.p. for an enjoyable lunch in comfortable surroundings amounted to just under €20.

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May 172013



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Rte. Oscar is to be found about one kilometre beyond Puerto Blanco in the Maryvilla district in the south of Calpe. It has its own tennis court and substantial swimming pool and it looks over the glistening Mediterranean. We originally sat down to eat poolside but strong gusts of wind sent the glasses at some neighbouring tables crashing to the ground and we retreated inside the restaurant for our lunch.


There are two menus del día and we all chose the cheaper of the two which is deceptively priced at €22, because it does not include IVA of 10%, so in reality the price should be listed as €24.20.


The bread was really fresh and warm. For starters the choice was a ring of goat cheese with fruit chutney or  vegetables and shrimps in a curry sauce wrapped in slices of cucumber. Both really delicious.Photo0654


The choice for main course was between salmon steak that was pronounced “the best ever”, or really tender entrecote steak from Galicia. Some of us had to send back our entrecotes for a bit more grilling, but they were really good otherwise and just melted in the mouth.  


Desserts were all homemade and included pavlova, a chocolate brownie, crème brûlée with a grapefruit sorbet and vanilla ice cream with fruits of the forest.Photo0661


Our host selected Oro de Castilla Rueda Verdejo (€16.50) and Ibercos Rioja ( €18.70) from the reliable Torres stable and together with coffees the total cost for a fine meal amounted to €39.42.

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Jun 012012
BRABO,  CALPE    965837165




First the good news. The food in Brabo is absolutely delicious.

This Belgian owned restaurant is located on Calle La Pinta, a not particularly attractive street that adjoins the bottom of Calpe´s main street of Gabriel Míro.

The décor inside the restaurant suggests a Moorish influence with arches that would not be out of place in Cordoba, but the cuisine is pure Belgian.

There are four menu options; the first costs €10.95 and does not include any wine, the second is priced at €12.50 includes a ¼ bottle of wine and the third is €17.50 including ½ bottle of wine. Finally there is a degustation menu option for two diners costing €49.

We all chose from the €17.50 menu and for starters we enjoyed a plate of excellent smoked salmon and a dish of really fresh, lightly battered prawns.  A sorbet between courses prepared us for the main dishes of duck à la orange, tournados with a Grand Marnier sauce and pork fillet with stroganoff – all delicious.

For desserts we chose homemade mousse au chocolate and a rich vanilla ice cream. The house wines were Viña Aruza from Cariñena and frankly they did not match the quality standard of the food. Our lunch cost €20.29 p.p.

And now for the bad news. Our enjoyment of an otherwise splendid lunch was interrupted for about twenty minutes by two noisy children who used part of the restaurant as their nursery area, before thankfully being removed screaming and kicking by their mother or au pair.

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