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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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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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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Nov 022012
 
BARRIO FIESTA      JALON   966480488

 ★★★☆☆ 

Spice girls

Barrio Fiesta is located on the corner of Calle Judas, just off the Plaza Mayor in the centre of Jalon. The establishment promotes itself as a bar and Thai restaurant although the owner Edna is in fact from the Philippines.

As we settled into our seats to enjoy a glass of Bach cava (€15 per bottle) one couldn´t ignore a flat screen on the wall showing videos of the Spice Girls performing their hits. Our charming hostess was helped by the appropriately named Jade, from Hounslow.

Barrio Fiesta has an “eat all you can” menu del día of some 20 dishes. Rather than go through all twenty, we asked Edna to make a representative selection for us.

Our starters included stir fry vegetables, spring rolls and Thai fish cakes. All authentic Thai cuisine and delicious too. There were two soups included in the list of twenty dishes on offer but we did not sample either of them.

Instead we pushed on with stir fried chicken, noodle and beef dishes. All good. In fact our only niggle was that some of us felt there could perhaps have been a prawn dish on offer, but it was not to be.

 

The wines selected by our host to accompany our spicey meal were a Macebeo white called Vinalopó from Alicante and Azabache from Rioja, both priced at €16. Together with coffies and brandies, our enjoyable lunch with the Spice Girls amounted to €21.40 p.p.

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NB Barrio Fiesta closed in Jalon in Spring 2013 but continues to operate in Calpe.