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.

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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.

 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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
 

RESTAURANT OSCAR      CALPE   965832016

 ★★★★☆ 

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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.

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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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BRABO, CALPE

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Jun 012012
 
BRABO,  CALPE    965837165

Bravo?

 ★★★★☆ 

 

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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