Feb 052016
ARRELS,                    GATA DE GORGOS         965757309


Gastronomy in GataARRELS 020

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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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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