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Nov 272020

Rte. Botavara,              Denia            616623367



On the waterfront



Botavara is the Valencian word for a boom (Spanish: Auge) and fits in well with the name of this restaurant, which is on the waterfront looking on to the yacht harbour in Denia. The décor inside Botavara has a strong maritime feel with items of sailing gear featuring throughout.

The menu del día is priced at €15.50 and we enjoyed three starter dishes comprising a selection of chorizo, serrano ham and cheese, calamares and chiperones followed by wonderful steamed mussels. All excellent and very fresh.


On the wine front our host chose a Rueda Verdejo called Monasterio de Palazuelos (€12.90) which was a good match for our fish starters.


For our main courses we had a meaty paella and rather undercooked pork chops. Like so many restaurants Botavara was almost empty due to the Corona virus but despite this we enjoyed our lunch which including coffees and chopitos cost €25.20 p.p.


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Jan 252019
BASTA !                  DENIA          965753988


Good enough!

Basta! is a lounge bar and restaurant located in the port of Denia, with expensive yachts moored nearby and wonderful views of the sea, Denia castle and the looming mountain Montgó.




The restaurant has a warm and relaxed atmosphere with a large terrace and very friendly and attentive staff. On Sundays they have live music and on Friday evenings they offer a surprise dish with salads for just €10 to celebrate the start of the weekend.

The menu del día is priced at €15.50 for four courses. Our first course was a red tuna tatami, served with soy sauce, sesame, wasabi mayonnaise, wakame and tomato. Some of group opted to have their tuna cooked, rather than raw.

Second course was mini sirloin skewer with shiracha sauce, pickled cabbage, peanuts and prawn cracker – delicious!

The main course was entrecote grilled to everyone´s taste with roast potatoes, green pepper sauce and asparagus – wonderful!

Finally we finished our lunch with raspberry sorbet with fresh fruit and mango sauce.


Our host selected Vina Paceta, a rioja crianza 2015, which was most enjoyable (€16.50).


Coffee and brandies completed a memorable lunch which cost €30 p.p.

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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 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.





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



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.


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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Sep 042015
L´ERIÇÓ DEL TRAMPOLI,    DENIA        965786498




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.

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



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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Nov 282014
SAMARUC,        DENIA          667785523


Tapa heaven

Samaruc is run by a brother and sister from Sevilla, a city renowned for tapas. The restaurant is to be found on the outskirts of Denia at Las Rotas in a modest house set back from Denia to Javea road.DSC00851[1]
The décor inside is also quite modest, but the food is exceptional. There is no menu del día but instead tapas priced at €3.50, €7 and €14.50 depending on the portion size.DSC00860[1]
Our selection included oxtail meatballs with a ginger and apple sauce, cassoulet of baby broad beans with ham and poached egg, croquettes of Denia gambas rojas, peppers stuffed with feta cheese and paprika and finally croquettes of iberico ham with orange oil. What a feast!





Although some of us were wavering we went on to complete our lunch with fillet of beef and a dish of cooked iberico ham. Our host selected an Albariño from the Rias Baixas called Alectum and a Penedes Merlot from the Torres stable called Atrium, both priced at €18.
All in all this gastronomic experience cost €37.80 p.p.
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Oct 242014
COVA DEL MERO,          DENIA          965784864


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Cova del Mero is to be found on the beach 5kms north of Denia just off the Carretera Las Marinas. The restaurant is extensive with a large patio area that is sheltered from the elements by a not particularly attractive tent like structure. The food however makes up for any deficiencies on the décor front.

The specialities of Cova del Mero are rice dishes and fish. There are three menus del día, starting at €18 and moving up to €23. The portions were all most generous and we started with delicious chiperones fritos, cuttlefish and salads.cova del mero (6)
Our host chose to ignore the house wines and instead selected a Rueda Verdejo called Sanz and the reliable Viña Pomal Crianza, both priced at €15.

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For our main course we had pork fillet with a port sauce and grilled sole, both cooked to perfection. Home made profiteroles were the choice for dessert.


We completed our enjoyable meal with coffees and the rather pricey brandy (€4.50), pushed the cost up to €31.66    p.p.

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Jun 132014


Dutch treat

Mapamundi is a long established restaurant run by a Dutch couple called Petra and Fred. It is located at Calle Rap No. 2, which is a side street off the main road running through Las Marinas, about one kilometre to the north of Denia. This area is a bit of surburban sprawl with lots of seaside apartments, supermarkets and restaurants just away from the sandy beach.



The restaurant itself probably started life as a bar, which still takes up about a third of the indoor space; then a terrace was added on, and although it still is a relatively small venue, the main thing is that the food is very good. There is a menu del día priced at €14 or a tapas menu priced at €14.75. We tried both, as well as going à la carte.

From the menu del día we selected a salad with baked brie and a sweet red berry sauce. This was followed up by turkey breast with orange sauce and salmon cooked in a white wine sauce. Both good.
The tapas lunchers enjoyed a selection of jamon, manchego cheese, calamares, boquerones, meatballs and potato salad. This was followed by gambas cooked in garlic and a wild boar stew.

The off piste lunchers all went for the gambas dish enjoyed by the tapas brigade and then devoured substantial racks of spare ribs. We accompanied our lunch with the house wines, the white a Rueda Verdejo called Musgo and the red a Yecla called Vinalopi, both priced at €9.95. DSC00535

For dessert there was crunchy coated ice cream and the classic dame blanche, both quite decadent. Together with coffees and brandies our dutch treat cost €31.87 p.p.
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Jun 062014
EL BRAVO, DENIA 966425376


Bravo indeed!





El Bravo is one of a number of chic glass and chrome restaurants to be found in the Marina area of Denia harbour. Amongst its neighbours are other favourites of ours such as Denia Republic and Isla de Tortuga. Interestingly the chef and all of the waiters are from Bulgaria although the cuisine is mainstream.



The menu del día costs €18.95 for three courses, not including drinks. Of the starters sampled undoubtedly the sautéed seafood was the winner by a mile, beautifully presented and delicious too. The prawn cocktail in comparison, was a poor second, although it was perfectly acceptable.

We enjoyed a Rueda Verdejo Viura blend called Florecilla (€13.20) with the starters and moved on to a Rioja, also priced at €13.20, called Señorio de Uñuela for the main course and both were very pleasant.

All of our party went for meat for their main course; duck breast with a delicious red fruits sauce, medallions of beef with vegetables and the star of meal, Chuletons of beef. These were either T Bones or massive sirloins of Galician beef to be shared between two. Wonderful!
Desserts were a choice of Brownie with ice cream or Profiteroles, both served with a rich chocolate sauce.

Earlier in the meal our Bulgarian hosts provided us with a free bottle of white wine and then to accompany our coffees, brandies in carefully heated glasses. Our most enjoyable lunch cost €30.63 p.p.

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