LAS BAIRETAS, DENIA 966422891
Very Spanish & noisy!
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.
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.
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.
The last of our starter dishes was morcilla with pesto, cheese, caramelised onions and anis. Wonderful!
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.
Our host selected a Rueda Verdeja called Optimus (€16.40) and a Rioja called Romantica (€14.10) to accompany all these dishes.
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.