YAHO, DENIA

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Apr 132018
 
YAHO,               DENIA          966432665

 ★★★★★ 

Outstanding!

This restaurant opened at the beginning of March 2018 in the building that once housed the Tourist Office on Calle Dr Manuel Lattur no.1 near the waterfront in Denia. It is close by the railway station which means there is ample parking nearby.

The owners have clearly invested in the transformation of the interior which is divided up into well designed elegant areas.

 

 

 

We were advised that there are other Yaho restaurants down the coast in Murcia  and in common with this one offer a mixture of Chinese, Thai and Japanese dishes.

The Monday to Friday menu del día costs a remarkable €10. There is an à la carte menu for evening diners which offers a menu for two persons at €36. Our lunch started with a delicious crispy salad served with a Thai sauce.

 

There followed a choice of spring roll, skewer of pork with Mongolian marinade or deep-fried cheese all of which were outstanding.

 

There were 8 dishes on offer for the main course and we chose spicy chicken Gon-bao, duck à la orange, fillet of tuna and tempura vegetable.

 

Accompanying the main course were delicious Chinese noodles, rice or potatoes.

Our host selected wines from the Tarragona region, the red called Armonica Reserva and the white Verdejo Faustino Rivera were both priced at a modest €6.95.

Finally for dessert we all had vanilla ice cream deep fried in batter. This outstanding four course lunch, including coffees and brandy cost just €15.60 p.p.

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Jan 052018
 
GUANTANAMERA,             DENIA        966431483

 ★★★☆☆ 

Cubano or Mexicana ?

Guantamera is one of many restaurants driving north from Denia on the carretera Las Marinas and is to be found at km 2.6. It proclaims it has authentic “Cocina Cubano-Mexicana” .

One enters Guantanamera via a rather anonymous enclosed terrace where surprisingly smoking is permitted. We chose to lunch in the small restaurant inside which can only accomodate about 30 guests but is smoke free.

 

 

There is an extensive á la carte menu of both Mexican and Cuban dishes or you can opt for their menu del día which costs a modest €8.50, including a half bottle of wine.  

One of our group chose from the á la carte option and had a substantial quesadilla de gambas, a mexican style tortilla which he shared amongst the rest of us. He followed up with Mexican chicken tacos. The cost of these two tasty dishes amounted to €15.45 not including any wine.

From the menu del día our group selected cold prawns, fresh sardines and steamed mussels. These were followed by a beef broth or gazpacho.

For main course we chose lamb chops, pork chops and swordfish all served with puréed potatoes or rice.

 

The house wines were Adelum, a Sauvignon blanc from Alicante, and Senorio de Los Llanos, the well-known Tempranillo from Valdepeñas.  Together with coffees and brandy our taste of Cuba/Mexico cost just €18.87 p.p.

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AL FORN, DENIA

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Dec 012017
 
AL FORN,                 DENIA         966111555

 ★★★★☆ 

A big hit

Al Forn, or to give the restaurant its full name, Al Forn dels Deveses, is located in Plaza Mariana Pineda which is in the emblematic fishing quarter of Denia.

The restored antique wood burning oven, measuring 4 square metres, was originally used for baking bread and gives the interior of the restaurant a warm and welcoming environment.

Restaurant Al Forn is mainly known for its tapas, Spanish dishes and pizzas all of which are cooked in the huge oven and so there is constant activity around this unique feature.

 

The menu del día is priced at €16 and consists of pan/alioli, followed by five starters: salad, croquetas, pescaditos, mussels, and gambas.

 

 

 

The choices for main course were arroz al horno, arroz meloso, pizzas and cocas. We tried all of the dishes and were not disappointed.

There were six desserts “de la casa”.

Our host chose a Ribero del Duero red called  Hito  (€19) to accompany our excellent and atmospheric lunch. Hito was a big hit with our members and as a consequence the cost of lunch,  including coffees and brandies, edged up to almost €30 p.p.

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Jun 192017
 

AGUA DE MAR , MARINA DE DENIA, DENIA.    966425007

 ★★★★★ 

 ¡¡Viva Denia!!

Menu del Dia:  Euro 20.80 and 26.90 Number of attendees:  Seven and one visitor.

   

The Restaurant “Agua de Mar” is located on the south side of Denia’s port area known as “Marina de Denia”.  The large terrace, located on the first floor, enjoys views of the yacht harbour and Denia Castle on one side, the other vista being the bay of Denia.  The interior of the restaurant is very attractive and intimate.

   

Parking in the Marina is no problem except perhaps on weekends. Only 3 of the 8 members present opted for the Menu del Dia at Euros 20.80 which consisted of four well-presented starters, for the main course a choice of six rice dishes, a meat or fish dish, followed by a choice of four desserts. The rest of the group chose puntilla de calamar, pulpo a la brasa, mejillones and carpaccio de higos from a wide selection of starters.  As a main course tartare de ternera de Gallega, solomillo con salsa trufa, rape azafaran and ensalada bogavante were the preferred choice. All dishes were freshly cooked, and served on hot plates.  White table-cloths and serviettes and an excellent service is the trademark of this restaurant. Both wines chosen cost Euros 15.50 each.  For the white we had a Rueda – Verdejo Berasategui – the restaurant’s house wine, and the red Ribero del Duero – Manso 3 meses – both of which were very much appreciated.

     

The lunch per person cost Euros 42.60 including coffee and brandy – not cheap, but worth it.

The location, excellent food, wines and service were praised and appreciated by all the members!

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Nov 112016
 
FOR AMUR,      DENIA    629658120

 ★★★★★ 

Terrific Tapas

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Carrer de Fora Mur runs along the eastern side of Denia Castle and at no.3 is the quirky restaurant called For Amur.

 

 

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There is a limited menu del día priced at €13 which one of our members chose. The starter was a plate of deep fried monkfish tails and the main course marinated pigs cheeks followed by a dessert of strawberries and ice cream.

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However For Amur is renowned for its wonderful tapas dishes, as we discovered. We shared a selection of six different tapas including garlic gambas, sardines, mini pizzas called cocas, patatas bravas, mini hamburgers called figatell  and an unusual ravioli. Every one freshly prepared and absolutely delicious.dsc01530

The wines to accompany these wonderful tapas were a Rueda Verdejo called Canto Real (€12.50) and a crianza Rioja called Cerro Añoñ (€13).

The desserts were all homemade and together with coffees and brandies our stunning tapas lunch cost €29.76 p.p.dsc01538

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Jun 172016
 
LA SENIA,                        DENIA               966432843

 ★★★★☆ 

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La Senia restaurant is attached to a boutique hotel called Nou Romà which is located in a veritable rabbit warren of streets around Avenida del Cid, which in turn is not far from the main street for restaurants in Denia, Calle Loreto.

La Senia has in fact three sister restaurants on Calle Loreto, namely Ca Pepa Teresa, La Seu and Els Tomassets.

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We lunched al fresco and although there is a menu del día priced at €16 we decided to choose the evening menu which cost €20 and comprised 6 tapas, a main course and dessert, but not drinks.

The tapas dishes included toast drenched with olive oil, salad, croqueta of ham and cheese and cod croqueta, mini hamburgers, fried fishes, and steamed mussels –all very appetising.DSC01250

 

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For main course the choices were fillet of beef and beef sirloin  and both were declared to be excellent. The meat and vegetable paella was acceptable.

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The fish courses were grilled turbot which was good but the grilled monkfish was tiny and chewy.

In contrast the wines were excellent. The Rueda was Ermita Veracruz (€16) and the Rioja was called Meridiano (€18), however our choice pushed up the cost of our lunch to just over €40 p.p.

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Jun 032016
 

 

CASA FEDERICO,         DENIA              965783041

 ★★★☆☆ 

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Casa Federico, otherwise known as Restaurant Les Marines, is to be found at Calle Ausias March, 22 at a junction on the coast road just to the north of the port of Denia. Much of the restaurant is made up of a large patio space under a bamboo roof. This area alone must be able to accommodate over 100 diners so when the other rooms are included it is a very substantial restaurant for the kitchen and serving staff to cope with.DSC01212

 

 

When we attended, the restaurant was busy looking after an almost entirely Spanish clientele. There is a menu del día on offer for €17 consisting of tapas, salad, a main course and dessert, but not drinks or coffee. There is no choice of main course, just arroz a banda, a rice dish with cuttlefish and for this reason we all decided to go à la carte.

Our starters included steamed mussels that were certainly very fresh, ham croquettes and consomé. All good.

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Our host selected a verdejo from Castillo y Leon called Prado Rey (€15) and Luis Cañas crianza Rioja (€17), both very enjoyable, however our servers were somewhat erratic in  delivering them to our table and several minutes could lapse between our request and the wine arriving.DSC01204

For main course we savoured garlic gambas, sole meunière, grilled entrecote, grilled  fillet and cordon bleu with a mushroom sauce.

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Most of us continued with ice cream and coffee, but our decision to go à la carte proved to be costly as the bill amounted to a hefty €42.74 p.p.

 

Fortunately our brandies were offered by the house.

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Nov 132015
 
TICINO DUE,         DENIA           966424479

 ★★★☆☆ 

Italian restaurant in a rush

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Ticino Due is located at the corner of Avenida Joan Fusta and Carre de Diana near the railway line on the south side of Denia. It is part of the Groupo El Raset.
Although Italian in name, the cuisine of Ticino Due could more accurately be described perhaps as Mediterranean. This is a modern glass and chrome restaurant and there is a wooden structure in the street outside that seems to operate as an overflow.004
There was a menu del día on offer at €10.50 but we chose to go for the Tapas menu which was priced at €15 not including drinks.
We started with a tasty onion soup and this was quickly followed by what was listed as a Greek salad.

 

Carpaccio of beef then appeared and before that was consumed we were served croquettes of chicken and mushrooms.
The service was certainly efficient but not particularly warm. Indeed we had to ask our Russian server to slow down the pace as otherwise our lunch would have been completed in under an hour.015

The house wines, a Rueda called Viña Garedo and a Rioja called Viña Cumbrero, were both acceptable albeit somewhat pricey at 19.90.

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Our tapas continued with an outstanding dish of mussels before our main course of secreto de cerdo with a mushroom sauce was presented. This was tasty but could have been a bit warmer.

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For dessert there was a choice of cheesecake or brownie and those us of that chose the latter, declared it to be the best brownie ever and the cost of our lunch amounted to €25.50 p.p.

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Sep 042015
 
L´ERIÇÓ DEL TRAMPOLI,    DENIA        965786498

 ★★★★☆ 

Pricey…3

 

L´Eriçó del Trampoli is a beachside chiringuito located next to Camí Ample in Les Rotes, Denia.

The seaside location is no doubt responsible for the somewhat rusty seating at the restaurant, but this clearly did not deter the largely Spanish clientele.

 

The menu del día is priced at €18, not including wine. The starters were mixed salad, pescaditos, mussels, croquettas and the renowned Denia gambas and these were followed up by paella de carne and verduras or arroz a banda. All of very acceptable quality.2
The desserts, as is so often the case, were bought in rather than made on the premises, and were fairly forgettable.

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Our host splashed out on Rueda Verdejo and Rioja crianza wines as well as brandies and this pushed the price up to a substantial €42.60 p.p.
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Jun 192015
 
MIGUEL JUAN,                       DENIA                              966431241

 ★★★★☆ 

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Miguel Juan claims to be the oldest bar restaurant in Denia. Located on the well known street of bars and restaurants, Calle Loreto.

It dates back to 1929 and contains a classic zinc bar counter, the original built in fridge, as well as a machine for producing sparkling water, one of only three remaining in Spain.

Miguel Juan started life as a bodega and tobacconist but all that remains of the latter is some interesting bric-a-brac. There is an extensive display of different gins.002

The principal menu del día costs €15 for six courses, including coffee but not wine.
We started with a selection of of cold meats or embutidos, which were not particularly interesting, but from there on, the lunch improved in leaps and bounds.006
The salad of salmon and calamares was absolutely delicious and this was followed by a dish of grilled crayfish. The fish theme continued with steamed mussels and finally a choice of two rice dishes, one with fish and the other with pieces of duck, both delicious. One of members decided against the rice options and instead had a substantial entrecote (€18).
The house wines called Collecion, were both from Utiel Requena, quite acceptable and cost €9 each. The desserts were all homemade and were followed by coffee.016

We were treated to Cardinal Mendoza brandy by the house and our atmospheric lunch cost €22.68 p.p.

A direct link to the restaurant website can be found here.

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