Jun 102016
 
CASTELL DʹINĒS,   CASTELL DE CASTELLS           627972726

 ★★★★★ 

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Castell de Castells is a long way from the coast in the interior of the Marina Alta. It is a town of ancient streets and some of the houses are bedecked with flowers.

 

 

 

In the Calle Mayor, which actually is quite narrow, at no.6, close by the church, is a rusty façade behind which is the amazing restaurant, Castell dʹInés.    DSC01237

 

Mirco the chef is Italian and he is ably aided by Paula who is Spanish.

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Together they offer a wonderful tasting menu of five dishes and dessert for €20, drinks not included. It is essential to have a reservation as the food is specifically prepared for the number of guests that have booked and the restaurant does not cater for a passing trade.

 

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Our lunch commenced with a plate of fresh figs, tomatoes, goat´s cheese and salmon. The fusion of flavours was divine. Talking of wine, our host selected a Valdeorras from Galicia called Rua (€15) and a 2011 Rioja called Gavanza (€17) and both complemented the courses that followed.

The next course was beautifully presented raw Monkfish with diced avocado, apple and red peppers.

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For some of us the third course was the outstanding one in terms of flavour; foie gras served with fresh apple.DSC01224

 

 

This was followed by carpaccio with stilton, onions and pine nuts and the final tasting course was beef cheek.

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The dessert was sweetbread with ice cream, and as with all the other courses attractively presented and delicious.

 

 

 

 

Castell dʹInés fully deserves our five star ranking. Cost p.p. €36.63

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