May 172019
 
BODEGA DEL PUERTO,        DENIA          96578921

 ★★★★★ 

Five star bodega

Bodega del Puerto is located at Plaza Fontanella 8, in the traditional Baix de la Mar barrio of Denia opposite the fishing port and a couple of streets away from the new tapas centre called Magazinos.

For some 35 years it was a renowned wine and spirit shop and it is only in the last seven years that it became a restaurant too. The transformation  successfully managed to retain the original character of the bodega and now in addition to selling wines, it offers traditional Spanish dishes.

There are several menus del día on offer ranging in price from €14.50 up to €22 p.p. and we chose one costing €14.90 whereas some of our group decided to go á la carte and chose gambas al ajillo which were outstanding, followed by pigs cheek, both dishes cost €8.90 each.

The menu del día started with a mixed salad with tuna, followed by mousse de foie, both tasty; thereafter we enjoyed 500 gm T bone chuleton gallego shared between two and a light dessert of caramelised French toast.

 

 

Our host selected the white house wine which was Musgo Verdejo from Rueda (€9.90) and a Rioja called Coto Mayor (€13.40) – both superb.

 

 

 

 

This most enjoyable lunch cost €25 p.p.

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Mar 012019
 
CASA BENJAMIN,              DENIA           965298384

 ★★★★★ 

Long standing reputation – since 1906

Bodega CasaBenjamin is located at Carrer  Ramòn y Cajal, just off the Plaza Glorieta, from where the Marqués de Campo runs down to the sea. The bodega has a stunning vintage interior, very stylish and with smartly dressed staff .

 

The sense of history is summed up in the slogan of CasaBenjamin “miles de botellas desde 1906”. We finished our pre-lunch drinks in the bodega and adjourned to the restaurant at the rear of the premises.

The restaurant offers a wide variety of tapas, but there are two menu options as well, priced at €14.95 and €19.95 and delivering starters, main course and dessert. The difference between the two menus is in the starters; the cheaper menu delivers one cold and one hot tapa whereas the more expensive provides two cold and two hot starters. Our group all opted for the €14.95 menu, which did not include wine.

Our starters were fresh cod croquettas and steamed mussels.

 

For main course most of us opted for racks of Teruel spare ribs, a dish of artichoke with broken eggs and Iberico ham and finally a brochette figatell which was a skewer of small meatballs and Iberico ham. All substantial and delicious.

Our host selected a red Viña Ulises 2017 from bodega Casta Diva in Parcent (€18.10) which accompanied our dishes very pleasantly. Desserts were tarta de chocolate and ice cream.

We concluded our inspiring five star lunch (€33.57 p.p.) with coffees and brandy.

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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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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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LA SEU, DENIA

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Oct 182013
 

LA SEU,            DENIA   966424478

 ★★★★★ 

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Another visit to Calle Loreto in Denia, this time to number 59 where Restaurante La Seu is to be found, a few doors away from its sister Ca la Pepa Teresa. Indeed the layout of the two is very similar with a long courtyard enclosed by high walls and an awning to keep out any inclement weather or low flying eggs.

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Unusually however, the kitchen is in full view of the diners behind a glass wall and one can clearly see that everything is produced from scratch and the freshness of the dishes shines through the whole meal.DSC00017

 

La Seu´s menu del dia costs €18 and includes an array of tapas followed by one of three rice main courses and a dessert.  Some of us preferred to select a main course from the à la carte menu and this was achieved by a supplement of €6.

 

The starter dishes included freshly baked bread and toast with garlic and olive oil. There followed carpaccio of red tuna, again really fresh. The cocas of grilled vegetable and sliced mackerel were particularly tasty as were the other tapas of sliced veal with herbs and sautéed calamari with artichokes.DSC00006DSC00007

 

As the menu del día does not include drinks our host selected a really excellent Rueda Vedejo called Gorgorito (€14) and a Ribero del Duero called Viridiana (€16) to accompany our meal.DSC00004

 

The main courses were rice with cuttlefish, rice with meat and vegetables and arroz abanda and all three were given the thumbs up by our experts. Those of us that went “off piste” selected fillet of Angus beef and a rock fish called Sargo, both good.

 

Together with coffees and brandy this delicious meal cost €38.25 p.p. 

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Sep 132013
 

DSC01161CA LA PEPA TERESA,         DENIA     965784547

 ★★★★★ 

Eggciting!

It´s not often that we have eggs dropping out of the sky next to our table whilst enjoying lunch, but it happened at Ca La Pepa Teresa which is to be found at Calle Loreto no. 23 in Denia.

We were seated in the courtyard in the back of the restaurant and for most of the meal the staff had the awning in operation lest the cloudy day turned rainy. In fact the sun came out and so the awning was drawn back, and some ten minutes later two raw eggs came flying in and splattered on the ground next to our table, glancing a guest nearby on the shoulder. Needless to say the awning was speedily put back in place and our lunch continued without further drama.

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Ca La Pepa Teresa has a really excellent menu del día consisting of 5 plates of tapas, a main course and dessert for €16. Drinks are extra. 

 

We started with a wonderful loaf of fresh bread combined with tomato and alioli. The tomato was so good we asked for more. There followed a plate of cigales/langoustines on a bed of ice and thereafter a salad with a delicious balsamic dressing. 

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 Next were patatas bravas and finally a plate of deep fried fish and crabs.DSC01166

For our main course most of us chose grilled Angus fillet but two of our table shared  a meat and vegetable paella.

The house wines cost €15 a bottle and were a refreshing Rueda Verdejo called Nebla and a Ribero del Duero Roble called Viridiana.DSC01164

 

Desserts included Tiramisú, ice cream and mousse au chocolate. Together with coffees and brandies this memorable meal cost €34.37 p.p.

 

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