Jan 112019
EL KARMALET,            JALON          966369619


A bit disorganised

There have been a number of restaurants located at this corner of Calle Judas just off the  Plaza Mayor in Jalon in the past, the last being Barrio Fiesta which closed in 2013. El Karmalet opened at the end of 2018, just about a month before our visit.

The restaurant has been redecorated with one wall in the bar area completed covered with an interesting black and white photograph of Jalon in days of yore. In fact it was in the bar that we had lunch although there is apparently a pleasant dining room with a fireplace in the back of the building.

There was a menu del día on offer and priced at €12 but it was uninspiring; a salad, followed by ham with melon or courgette soup followed by a main course of either chicken breast or fried fish. We all decided to go á la carte.


We quickly discovered that many of the dishes listed on the menu were not available and so our starters were caramelised goat´s cheese salad and a tasty courgette soup.



Our host ordered bottles of a Rioja Crianza 2013 from Don Jacobi (€14) which went very well with the lunch.



The main course selections were all meat dishes, two of them using beef from Avila.

There was a T-bone steak weighing almost 900 grams that two of our members shared (and just as well as it cost over €33) and an entrecote (€14.50) which was pronounced very tasty. The lamb cutlets (€13.50) had to be sent back to the kitchen for reheating and this was just symptomatic of the disorganised service.

We concluded with coffees and chopitos of brandy kindly offered by the house, but we came away believing El Karmalet can develop into a better restaurant than it was when we lunched there. Cost p.p. €30.88

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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.

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.

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



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 112013

RIU RAU,        JALON    966480506


Delicious food, pity about the wine and listless service DSC01201

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.



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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