Feb 232018
 
THE BLACK APPLE,              JALON        966480324 & 610298190

 ★★★☆☆ 

What a buzz!

The Black Apple opened its doors just three weeks before our visit and is a welcome culinary addition to Jalon. It is located in the back of the landmark shop, Heidi´s Flowers, at the bottom of Avenida San Domenec where it meets Avenida Ray Juan Carlos.

After passing through the flower shop one enters the restaurant area which is tastefully decorated and there is an outside patio that will become a useful overflow area after the winter is over.

The owner and chef, Tom Francis has put together an innovative concept that is neither tapas or menu del día, but gives one the opportunity of going solo or sharing. There is a large blackboard displaying some six starter options ranging in price from €4.50 to €6.95 and three main courses at €9.95 each.

We selected two hearty vegetable soups, and shared baked Camembert with garlic, delicious fish cakes and potatoes stuffed with tuna, sun dried tomatoes and spring onions, but which were found to be on the heavy side.

Four of party selected a traditional ploughman´s lunch which was presented on a large wooden platter and included Scotch egg, cheddar cheese, ham, pickle and chutney.

 

The remainder of our group shared beautifully presented fisherman´s platters which were comprised of chilli prawns, shredded crab, mackerel pate, tuna, salmon and mussels.  Not knowing the size in advance most found both dishes too plentiful, but next time we will know better.

Our host chose the house wines (€8.50) to accompany our food, the white was a Rueda called Monasterio de Palazuelos and the red was a Navarra called Torrecilla – both enjoyable.

 

Despite having only recently opened its doors, The Black Apple was full of customers and was really buzzing; it should do very well. Total cost  €23.12 p.p.

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Feb 022018
 
RESTAURANTE DEL HIERRO,         JALON       692738016

 ★★★★☆ 

Good lunch in an empty venue

 

The town of Jalon lies almost exactly on the Greenwich meridian and the Calle Mayor runs due north from the Plaza Mayor. It is a narrow street with a few shops and bars and at number 11 is the restaurant Del Hierro. It is not clear how it acquired this name “Of Iron” as it has traded as Indonesian, Chinese and rice restaurants over the past twenty years or so.

On entering the restaurant there is an intimate setting with table linen service, an attractive bar and interesting Spanish tiles on the walls.

 

In the back there is a larger room with the same decor but which was closed as we were the only customers for lunch.

The menu del día costs €16 including pan and alioli but not any drinks. Two of our party went for the menu and the others opted for à la carte. The menu lunchers chose a substantial dish of canelones and a pate with strawberries  and figs.

The others had gambas al ajillo (€5.50) that were in need of some extra salt for flavour.

For main course the choices were medallions of solomillo of pork (€13.50 when not on the menu del día),  magret de pato (€14) and stone grilled entrecote (€16.80).  All well presented and tasty although one the solomillos was a little chewy.

On the wine front our host selected a Rueda Verdejo called Vega Mascan (€13) and a Vegamar Merlot (€12). Both pleasant. Together with coffees and brandies our pleasant lunch in the heart of Jalon cost €29.62 p.p.

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Dec 152017
 
BON VENT,              SIERRA DE BERNIA       969659554

 ★★★☆☆ 

Rustic lunch in the mountains

Bon Vent is located at km11.5 on the CV-749 which is the road that climbs from Jalon towards the spectacular Sierra Bernia mountain range. The restaurant has only recently reopened after being closed for two years.

 

Bon Vent is a typical rural Spanish restaurant with a spacious interior and an exterior dining/drinking area with wonderful views of Sierra Bernia. There is plenty of parking space and during fine weather the restaurant attracts groups of walkers. It was a chilly December day when we visited and only one other table was occupied, however the dining area was kept surprisingly warm by a wood-burning stove and an open fire in the kitchen.

The price of the menu is dependent on the main course chosen, and consists of tapas, a main course, dessert and a half bottle of wine.

 

 

We chose the substantial lamb chops (€20) and grilled rabbit and garlic (€18) which would benefited from the rabbit being cooked in the garlic rather than alongside it.

The improving Marnes wine from the Jalon cooperative accompanied our meal.

 

Our honest rustic lunch in a beautiful setting, high in the mountains cost €23.66 p.p. including coffee and brandy.

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VELOSOL, JALON

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Nov 252016
 
VELOSOL,           JALON           642036187

 ★★★☆☆ 

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Bar Velosol on Calle Iglesia 14 in Jalon was previously trading as La Tortuga and before that as La Pista. The bar/restaurant is affiliated with Velosol Cycling and Training in Calpe and provides cyclists with rest and refreshment after the taxing climb from the coast into the Vall del Pop. It is of course open for business for allcomers and not just weary cyclists.dsc01559

The restaurant is welcoming and decorated with cycling paraphernalia and there is a substantial courtyard where one can savour the extensive range of Belgian beers. The owners are Flemish.dsc01556

The menu del día costs €13 at lunchtime and €15 in the evening. One of our group opted for the menu and chose wonderfully fresh calamares for his starter and followed this up with sliced pork fillet with frites. The dessert was a chocolate dish.dsc01562

The others decided to go off piste and had gambas a ajillo (€8) for a starter. Although it was delicious and really fresh, it could have been improved had it been accompanied by sizzling sauce. The main course selected was Hamburguesa Master (€8.50) and this was accompanied by a substantial salad and fries.

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Our host treated us to Rioja Añares Crianza 2013 (€15) which was a greatly appreciated. The Belgian owners were most friendly and attentive and the hopefully they will attract more customers as we were the only ones there for lunch. Inclusive of coffees and brandy the cost of our pleasant meal amounted to €27.63 p.p.

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May 272016
 
DRACULA´S MEMORIES 013DRACULA´S  MEMORIES,      JALON     966481434

 ★★★★☆ 

Memorable

Dracula´s Memories opened this Spring and to date only operates in the evenings, however the owners decided to open for our Friday lunch group as a favour. The chef, a Romanian lady called Alina, was formally chef in the Pedramala restaurant and so has serious credentials.

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The restaurant is located close to the Post Office on Avenida Juan Carlos in Jalon and with the exception of a slightly gruesome corner, the décor is elegant.

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We were presented with a menu del día priced at €20 not including drinks. The starter was an attractively presented selection of tapas – deep fried camembert and deep fried mushrooms, freshly pressed tomato on toast and a salad of vegetables and tiny prawns.

Our host provided a Rueda Verdejo (€12) called Analivia (curiously the latin name for the River Liffey) and a Ribero del Duero crianza (€15) called Romantica, both very acceptable.DRACULA´S MEMORIES 002

 

 

For main course the choice was between fillets of sole or pork schnitzel Transylvania style, accompanied by chips that were a little soggy.DRACULA´S MEMORIES 005

Our desserts were apple pie and cheesecake. We rounded off our enjoyable lunch with coffees and brandies for a cost p.p. of just over €35. Let´s hope Dracula´s Memories will be open for lunch on a regular basis before long…

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May 132016
 
CASA CATY, JALON   Tel  660 832 838

 ★★★★☆ 

Yummy Morrocan lamb

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This small restaurant is located on Calle Santo Domingo looking onto Plaza Las Ocas in Jalon.

The owners have made maximum use of the available space to accommodate a veritable clutter of tables.

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There are two menus del día priced at €13 and €16 and most of us opted for the former. The bread rolls were warm, the alioli fresh and for starters there was a selection of four tapas comprising stuffed peppers, meatballs, salad and fried liver with a particularly tasty sauce.

 

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One of our group opted for the €16 menu and instead of the selection of tapas had a fabulous dish of grilled gambas.casa caty 019

 

Our host kindly traded up on the wines and an unbranded Albariño (€12.50) and a Faustino Crianza (€15) certainly added to enjoyment of the lunch.

 

For main course most of us went for Casa Caty´s speciality – shoulder of lamb cooked Morrocan style for four hours in an oven with honey and dates; delicious.

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The remaining member had a rack of ribs which were very tender.

We skipped dessert and instead opted for coffees and our agreeable lunch including tip cost €24 p.p.

 

 

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Mar 252016
 
CAFETERIA L´ASSUT,                    JALON                 966481011

 ★★☆☆☆ 

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Our lunch club is proud of the fact that we will explore any venue in the Marina Alta in the hope of finding a great place to subsequently bring our partners with confidence. Cafeterias however have not featured very often and unfortunately our experience in L´Assut was not encouraging.
L´Assut is located on the corner of La Teulera Commercial Centre, nearby the iconic Bar Aleluya and opposite the Tourist Office and site of the famous Jalon Rastro.

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The high ceilings of the cafeteria provide a somewhat barn-like ambience. The service is friendly and efficient and a TV was showing a bike race throughout our lunch. Most of us opted for the tapas menu which was priced at €12.50 + IVA for six tapas and a glass of wine.

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One of our group opted for an Argentine entrecote priced at €15 and was very pleased with his choice.

 

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The tapas however, although freshly made using good quality ingredients, with the exception of a delicious dish of mushrooms, were frankly bland and uninspiring.L´ASSUT 006
The house wines were from the Marina Alta area and branded Seleccion Finca MS; the white was just 11% alc/vol and the red an acceptable 13%. L´ASSUT 008

 

Our host however traded up to a delicious Rioja crianza called Lopez de Haro (€13.75)
When we asked about the choice of desserts we were advised we could have flan or flan, so we had coffees and brandies instead.
The cost of our middle of the road lunch was €18.40 p.p.

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Oct 102014
 
BISTRO SELENE,           JALON         602600751

 ★★★★☆ 

Look out for the seals

 

BDSC00797istro Selene opened this summer in the Riu Rau building on the Jalon to Benissa road that up until 2009 housed Caramull and thereafter until 2011, Ganivet i Forqueta. There are a couple of seals standing in the garden in front of the restaurant which makes it easy to find.DSC00800
The menu del día is priced at €15, drinks not included. The chef is Belgian and he particularly impressed with his exquisite starters which included a goat´s cheese salad, sardines and homemade pate sandwiched by pastry with a drizzle of honey.DSC00787

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To accompany these dishes we had Martin Berasategui Rueda Verdejo and Navarra Tempranillo Cabernet, both priced at €10.
Our choice of main course included confit de pato, grilled tuna, cod with a white wine sauce and pork tenderloin with a mustard sauce.

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These were all cooked to perfection but were a little bland. Our host traded up on the red wine choosing a Toro called Matsu (€15).

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In addition to the Belgian chef, Bistro Selene is run by a young enthusiastic team of Spanish and French and deserves to do well.

Whilst we lunched in the Naya looking onto the seals, the restaurant´s interior is very modern and elegant. Cost p.p. €23.60
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Jan 242014
 

BISTROT DE XALÓ,         JALON   626190221
 

 ★★★☆☆ 

Ooh la la!

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The Bistrot de Xaló, is located on the first floor of La Teulera Commercial Centre above the Premier Property showrooms on the road leading from Jalon towards Alcalali. In a previous existence this was a Swiss run restaurant called Fusion and being out of sight of the passing trade must be a bit of a challenge for the current French chef to attract customers upstairs.

 

The restaurant is simply decorated with straight backed chairs around the tables, a tiled floor and a few paintings on the walls. Some late night smokey jazz was playing in the background as we sat down at our table. It transpired that the chef, Christian,  not only prepares the lunch but also serves them too, so we had a bit of a wait before we placed our order.

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The menu del día costs just €9.50 for a choice of three starters, three main courses and three desserts. Also included is a glass of Jalon wine. One of our party followed the menu del día from start to finish whereas others chose their starters from the à la carte options. DSC00186

 

The starter selected from the menu was a tasty Quiche and the off piste items selected were Escargots à la Provencal (€12) and nine really delicious mussels stuffed with garlic butter (€5.50); just a pity there weren’t a few more. We had a Muscadet sur lie (€12) with our starters rather than the Jalon offering.

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We all chose spare ribs for our main course and they were accompanied by wonderful chou-fleur au gratin and a bottle of a Bordeaux Superieur called Chateau Fillon (€16.50). Finally we selected home made Tarte Tatin and chocolate mousse for desserts and were not disappointed.

 

The food at the Bistrot de Xaló is delicious and hopefully Christian the chef will be rewarded for his efforts by word of mouth encouraging more customers to venture up the stairs to this haven of French cuisine.  Cost p.p. €25.50

 

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RIU RAU, JALON

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Oct 112013
 

RIU RAU,        JALON    966480506

 ★★☆☆☆ 

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This long standing family run restaurant is located by way of a ford across the Jalon River from the Tourist office and adjacent bars and shops.

We last lunched here four years ago and although the inside of the restaurant is tastefully decorated with antique agricultural implements, we instead chose to lunch outside under the canopy of the extensive terrace.

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There were a few tables already being served but it seemed to take an age before the lone server turned his attention to us and provided us with menus. Unfortunately he took off before we managed to get an order in for a drink whilst we perused the menu. When we finally managed to obtain the wine list from him, it transpired that choice of white wine was restricted to Vall de Xaló or Bahía de Dénia, both from the Jalon Cooperative; all other whites were out of stock. 

We did order a bottle of the said Co-op´s red, also called Vall de Xaló and fortunately there was a red Rioja in stock and our host promptly ordered the Conde de Valdemar Crianza (€15.50). DSC01204

The menu del día ranges in price from €12-18 (+ 7%IVA) according to the main dish selected and includes four courses as well as pan alioli and the dreaded Jalon wine.

The first course was a selection of three tapas – cocas (mini pizzas), albondigas (meat balls) with really delicious tiny broad beans and a dish of peppers, onions and aubergines.

There followed a pumpkin soup or salad and the main course. Our selection included beef in a red wine sauce, roast pork Riu Rau, monkfish with almond sauce and grilled lamb – all well prepared and tasty. DSC01209

The desserts included flan, fig tart, both homemade, ice cream and fresh fruit salad. 

It has to be said that the food was delicious and good value but Riu Rau was let down by the lack of a choice of wines and torpid service. Total p.p. €24.34. 

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