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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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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May 152015
 
LAS BAIRETAS,        DENIA        966422891

 ★★★☆☆ 

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We reached Las Bairetas restaurant by walking the length of Calle Loreto, the main street for restaurants and bars in Denia, and there it was at Calle La Mar no.5, just below the walls of the castle and next to the Ayuntamiento.
This is a very Spanish restaurant and we were the only foreigners there having lunch this Friday.

The restaurant is an interesting building with high ceilings and this made for a noisy lunch as the chatter from the patrons echoed around the room.

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Las Bairetas do not have a menu del día, but rather a menu del degustacion which is priced at €18 not including drinks. This tasting menu consists of five starter courses followed by a main rice course and dessert.

There are five options for each of the starter courses and, as the ingredients change each day depending on what is on offer at the fish and main food markets in Denia, it is no surprise that there is no printed menu.
For the first of our five starters we chose a salad of marinated cod, egg and tomato.004

We moved on to a somewhat bland dish of beans and shrimps. Thereafter things improved and our third starter was an interesting pot of rich duck liver mixed with mushrooms.
The taste buds were decidedly tickled by starter number four, a very flavoursome dish of smoked salmon, smoked aubergine sauce with baby potatoes. 007

The last of our starter dishes was morcilla with pesto, cheese, caramelised onions and anis. Wonderful!008
For the main course, there was again a choice of five rice dishes to choose from and we went for a dry rice paella of gambas and chicken and very good it was too.

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Our host selected a Rueda Verdeja called Optimus (€16.40) and a Rioja called Romantica (€14.10) to accompany all these dishes.

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Finally we enjoyed a selection of five different desserts, which along with coffees and brandy brought the cost of this lunch up to €31.30 p.p.

 

 

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Jun 212013
 
DSC01066REPUBLIC DENIA,  DENIA   966430123

 ★★★☆☆ 

Democratic?

Republic Denia is located in the new Marina on  the first floor of the building next to the one housing the Isla de Tortuga restaurant that we lunched in back in early 2011. Below the restaurant are moored yachts valued at millions of Euros and when one tires of enviously looking at them there is the magnificent Montgo to admire.

The restaurant itself is elegant in a functional way and being midsummer we decided to lunch on the terrace albeit under the shade of the retractable awnings.

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Their menu del día, priced at €16.50 not including wine, is a not at all democratic and is a bit of a misnomer, as there is in fact no choice of courses. The first course was cold meats, salad and brie and this was followed by a small portion of absolutely delicious gaspacho – just perfect for a hot day.DSC01062

 

A lemon sorbet cleared our pallets before we took on the barbecued mixed grill.

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The dessert was cheesecake which turned out a lot better than some of our group had expected.

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Our host selected Gran Cardiel Rueda Verdejo (€17.00) and for red, Raimat Casal (€14.50), both very pleasant.

 

One of our party decided to go off piste and had gaspacho (€5.75) followed by Thai fish cakes (€7.75) with which he was delighted. Republic Denia offered Mistellas on the house and after coffees the total p.p. amounted to €36.04.    DSC01069

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Jun 072013
 

LA LLAURA DORA         DENIA    966431764

 ★★★☆☆ 

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Calle Loreto is a pedestrian street in Denia with lots of bars and restaurants and it is a pleasant experience to wander along whilst itinerant musicians create a bohemian atmosphere.

 

At No.12 is La Llaura Dora de Loreto which is located on the site of a former convent and school. In the courtyard is a statue of Our Lord and it was under His gaze that we tucked into a most enjoyable lunch.

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The menu del día is priced at just €10 for two courses, dessert or coffee and includes one glass of wine or beer. The food is unpretentious and the presentation basic, but nonetheless the meal was tasty and wholesome.

 

For starters most of us chose cocas which are mini pizzas, or arroz a banda and for main course the popular choices were chuletas de cordero and a tender solomillo al strogonoff.DSC01028

 

Our wines were a Rueda Verdejo called Vera Cruz and a Crianza from Ribero del Duero both priced between €12 and €14. We were served by a friendly and enthusiastic Colombian lady who contributed in no small way to our good spirits. Total cost p.p. €24.

 

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Feb 022011
 
Isla TortugaISLA TORTUGA, DENIA.   (+34) 96 642 2888

 ★★★☆☆ 

Dining on Denia harbourside

The terrace of this restaurant is spectacularly located on the top floor of a building  overlooking  the yacht harbour in the port of Denia. Because the weather was being  very kind to us on this February day, we sat outside and took in the view; to the west the impressive landmark mountain of Montgo, and below us in the harbour, millions of Euros worth of yachts.

The menu del dia was priced at €11.90. Our choice of starter was a seafood soup which looked promising with cockles, cuttlefish and chunks of merluza and tuna  but turned out to be rather bland. The fresh salad was substantial and was accompanied by a tasty balsamic sauce.

The choice of main course was chicken or Sicilian swordfish and we all chose the latter, which was accompanied by tomatoes, courgettes, red peppers and potatoes. Swordfish is prone to be served dry but this one was moist and tasty.

The dessert was a somewhat sugary papaya sorbet. Our host decided to splash out on the reliable Marques de Riscal Rueda at the heady price of  €19.95 per bottle. Although we were the only customers for lunch we had to ask the waiter to turn the volume down of the 1980´s music that he obviously enjoyed.  Cost p.p. €23.33

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