Mar 162018
CA DORA,            GATA DE GORGOS          965757405/636225894


Simple cuisine, exceptional value

This family run restaurant is located at 97 Avenida Marina Alta, which is the main street running through Gata de Gorgos.

The dining area is notable for its high ceiling and simple furnishing; there is a patio courtyard which would be a pleasant option for dining in summer.








The menu del dia is priced at just €10 including a half bottle of wine. We started off with a salad with chicken and bacon, macaroni with tomato and cheese and entremesas which turned out to be a rather disappointing plate of mixed cold meats straight from the packet.






The wines, both red and white, were from Alicante and branded Plaza de la Reina and priced at €6.

For main course we enjoyed grilled liver served with vegetables and roast chicken. One of our number had a homemade flan whilst the rest of us opted for coffees with either brandy or Baileys.

Cost per person for this simple lunch was a modest €13.12

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Feb 052016
ARRELS,                    GATA DE GORGOS         965757309


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Arrels which means ¨roots¨ in Valencian, is located on the main street running through Gata de Gorgos at Plaza España. The signage outside Arrels would suggest that it is a pizza house, and while this family run restaurant does serve wonderful pizzas, the menu is a gastronomic delight of beautifully presented dishes. Also the décor is not in the least like a pizza house but elegant and cool.ARRELS 018

The menu del día costs €12 including one drink. The presentation of delicate parcels of the amuse-guele set the tone for the rest of the lunch. ARRELS 002



We selected beetroot soup, caneloni, lightly curried soup and salad of tomato and fresh mozzarella – all delicious. The house red was a well balanced Utiel Requena called Capellana (€10).

For our main course one of members had an Irish Angus entrecote (€5 +) which he pronounced to be the best he had ever had. Other dishes enjoyed were wild boar stew (€2+), roast duck served with fruits of the forest and beef stew.

The desserts were strawberry cheese flan, a chocolate layered tart and strawberries and ice cream. Including coffees and brandies our gastronomic experience in Gata cost €20.50.

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Apr 112014



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Restaurant Cuadros is located just off the CV 734, which runs between Gata de Gorgos and Jesus Pobre towards Javea. Cuadros is a single storied building and we settled into the Riu Rau part of the restaurant looking out onto the patio and some Nispero trees with the imposing Montgó  mountain as a backdrop. The décor is typical for the region with wooden tables with blue tablecloths and functional high backed chairs.DSC00353

There was no menu del día available so we ordered a selection of starters to share before addressing the main course. The starters included an excellent walnut, tomato and lettuce salad, meatballs, anchovies, grilled red and black pudding, as well as pan alioli and fresh crushed tomato.


The wines selected by our host were a Ruedo Verdejo from Legaris (€11.50) and the well known Rioja, Pomal Crianza, reasonably priced at €12.50. DSC00357

Remarkably for a restaurant just a few kilometres from the Mediterranean coast, there were no fish dishes for the main course so we selected most of the meat options: lamb chops (€12), garlic rabbit (€11.50), roast leg of lamb (€16), braised pork (€12) and grilled entrecote (€16). All acceptable.

We were the only customers on a rather cloudy and depressing Friday. Apparently Cuadros is more of an evening venue. Together with desserts, coffees and brandies our fishless Friday amounted to a pricey €39.55 p.p.

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Jan 312014



The Ostrich and Duck are off, some Foal perhaps??


 Corral del Pato is a landmark restaurant on the edge of Gata de Gorgos on the road to Llíber. It has a pleasant outdoor area with a substantial Carob tree and although it was sunny we decided it would be too cold, so we found a table inside the atmospheric dining room.DSC00217DSC00216


There is no menu del día, which rather went against our rules, however we examined the substantial menu with interest.

It turned out that a number of the items were “off” including Ostrich and curiously, given the name of the restaurant, Duck. None of us was brave enough to enquire about the Foal on the menu.


The rustic bread was delicious and baked on the premises, but cost a hefty €0.95 a slice. Our starters ranged in price from €1 for a rather bland spinach filled coca to €7.95 for Mojama, slices of salted tuna drenched with olive oil. Other starters included pulpo or octopus rings treated the same way as the Mojama and a pumpkin soup.

We enjoyed a Verdejo from Rueda called Marques de Irún (€16) and for red we selected a more modestly priced Alicante wine called Beryna (€12).DSC00206

 Our choices of main course were grilled entrecote and grilled lamb cutlets both served with a baked potato but without any other vegetables or salad.DSC00212


The desserts selected were all homemade and included tasty fig tart, apple tart and a slice of Chocolata. Together with coffees our somewhat quirky experience cost €38.26 p.p. and true to Spanish custom there were guests still arriving for lunch at 3.45pm.  


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Feb 222013


CASA PARRA      GATA DE GORGOS     965756121


 Family fare

The town of Gata de Gorgos grew prosperous over the centuries producing a wide range of items woven from wicker, esparto grass and palm. One consequence of this wealth was that the richer merchants built fine town houses such as the one at 86 Avenida Marina Alta, which is now the home of Casa Parra.

The family run restaurant occupies the tiled hallway and adjoining rooms on the ground floor of the traditional townhouse. The restaurant was full of predominantly Spanish customers as we secured the last table.

The menu del día is very competitively priced at just €10 including pan alioli, salad, a starter, main course, dessert, coffe and a glass of house wine. We chose a classic Spanish vegetable soup and entremesas –a selection of cold cuts of meat and cheese.


For the main course we had baked monkfish, cod in a casserole as well as a fillet of beef , all served with chips. We also had a side order of roast vegetables.


Desserts included a coffee flan and a selection of ice creams. The house wines were an acceptable Don Hugo white and Viñedo del Rieno red – but our host kindly added to the pleasure of our meal with a bottle of Beryna 2009, a surprisingly tasty Alicante wine from Villena costing €15.

Total cost per person for good family fare amounted to €17.70.




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Jan 182013


No horses for courses

Vall de Cavall is a substantial horse riding centre set in the countryside just outside Gata de Gorgos at Km 3 heading south on the N332. The restaurant is surrounded by paddocks and a row of stables nearby. The interior of the restaurant comprises a series of comfortable interlinking rooms.


Although Vall de Cavall has a menu del día, we had to ask for it and even then our server did not have a printed version for us to peruse. The menu costs €17.50 including a glass of wine. We selected mousse de foie gras and a diced avocado salad for our starters and these were accompanied by Darsena Verdejo from Rueda (€13.85).


For our main course there were three fish dishes on offer, Bacalao, Dorada and Rape (Monkfish) and one of our team had the latter, which was quite small, but tasty. On the meat front there was no horse but a choice of beef or Magret de Pato with an absolutely stunning black cherry sauce. The duck was unfortunately a bit on the tough side.


However the best was saved for last, as our desserts, a white chocolate mousse with  a sauce of warm fruits of the forest and a dark chocolate mousse in the form of a well brimming with liquid chocolate, were both outstanding. Total p.p. €25.15

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