EL PORT, DENIA

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Nov 042011
 
EL PORT, DENIA  Tel 965784973
 

 ★★☆☆☆ 

Sole, but lacking soul…

The aptly named El Port is to be found amongst a row of restaurants and bars looking onto the harbour of Denia at Explanada Bellavista. Because it was a wet November day, we sat outside the main restaurant in an area with plastic walls and an umbrella heater that we had turned off, that would otherwise have been an al fresco experience in summer.

The menu del dia was priced at €11.95. We started with crepes de langostinos  & setas which were acceptable but not exciting, or a very substantial serving of calamares which we all shared. For the main course there was a dish of mixed fish, which was declared as excellent, also sole fillets also pronounced excellent, fillet of pork, which was good but not special and monkfish a la marinera which turned out to be two tired strips of monkfish swimming in a sad tomato soup.

For desserts most of us went for the profiteroles, but others for crème catalan or chocolate mousse.

We started with the white house wine which was from Navarra but we switched to Cantosan Verdejo from Rueda and a Rioja Crianza called Pergamino.

Maybe our experience would have been better on a sunny day.

Price p.p.  €20.24.

El Port, Bellavista, 12, 03700 Denia

                                                                                                                              RH 60

 

Sep 232011
 
RTE. BAROCO, DENIA        (+34) 966433186    

 ★★☆☆☆ 

Plastic cannabis bushes…?

The Plaza del Convento is a small square just to the North of Denia´s elegant Calle del Marques de Campo. There are several bars and restaurants in the Plaza, including at No. 6, Restaurante Baroco. As there was no breeze, the heat outside was stifling  & we decided to move indoors to the bar and dining area. Curiously although the décor was bright and modern, the dining chairs were made of plastic, albeit quite pleasing to the eye, and there were a number of planters containing plastic cannabis bushes dividing up the tables…

The menu del dia was priced at €11 not including wine. For starters there was a choice of tomato and cheese salad or stuffed peppers. We all chose the latter and they were quite flavoursome.

For main course we all chose peppered pork solomillo and although it was tasty, it appeared to have been sitting around in the kitchen cooling down and the sauce coagulating before being presented by the Ukrainian waitress. The kitchen closed down at 3.15 and we pondered whether all dishes were cooked in advance and then reheated by a sous chef.

We finished off our meal with a chocolate mousse and our host kindly provided us with some Rueda Verdejo called Carramimbre (priced at €15 a bottle).

Total cost p.p.  €21.86

MR 61

Apr 152011
 
La MentaLA MENTA, DENIA. (+34) 96 643 1851.
 

 ★★☆☆☆ 

Lament indeed!

Once again the Club took the train from Benissa, this time in a northerly direction to Denia. We strolled along the seafront until we arrived in a pretty plaza called San Antonio and there we found Rte. La Menta. Our Denia expert had eaten there before and expressed his confidence in the selection, however it would appear to have changed ownership and is  now in German hands.

The menu del diá was an unappealing combination of salad, followed by  a choice of  Merluza, Goulash or Chicken curry, and an unspecified dessert all for €15.

We therefore went á la carte and restricted ourselves to a main course only. These included Duck breast in a port sauce, medallions of pork, beef and chicken and a goulash dish. We had a bottle of the reliable Viña Sol as well  as the house Rioja. La Menta is an attractive homey restaurant that would  be a suitable venue for a romantic supper but the poor menu del dia offering and rather high price did it no favours. Total p.p. €28.06

SL 61