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Dec 042020

Ona·Nao,           Javea        865616192


Interesting name & great view of the beach…


This impressive modern restaurant is located overlooking the Arenal beach at 11 Avenida de la Libertad. The name comes from the valencian word for a wave “Ona” and a nearby countryside area of Nao.

The menu del día is priced at €15.95 and we received a delicious pumpkin soup whilst we studied the menu. The delicious home baked bread with alioli and tomato (€2) followed before we tackled our starters of steamed mussels, tartar of salmon, garlic baby squid and delicious plate of baby broad beans, pancetta and mushrooms.


One of our party decided to go á la carte and enjoyed garlic shrimps (€10.95) followed by lamb cutlets (€18.50), pricey but tasty apparently.

On the wine front our host selected the house white, Utiel Requena Macebo called Capellana (€12.50) and a Rioja called 22 pies 2016 crianza, both honest.

For main course most of our group shared a substantial paella with Iberian pork, baby beans and mushrooms. For the rest of us we had a substantial lamb chop with apple sauce and an Ona·Nao burger.


Completing this enjoyable lunch were desserts of tiramisu and crema catalan, both homemade and delicious, followed by coffees and chopitos. As a bonus we enjoyed a great view of the beach and at an adjacent table some attractive neighbours…



Cost p.p. €28.50


RH 29        


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Oct 092020

RTE, CLUB DE GOLF            JAVEA         629828438


Not Fore,   FIVE!   

The Jávea golf club is located at km 4.5 on the CV285 which links the Arenal district of Jávea with Benitachell. The restaurant and bar are open to visitors and club members alike.


Our host had reserved a table on the terrace overlooking the course and onto the impressive Montgó mountain. The menu del día was priced at €19.50 although some of the main courses cost an extra €4.50.

For starters we selected goat´s cheese salad, grilled scallops (an extra €4), beef carpaccio and sashimi de salmon. All absolutely delicious.


The wines accompanying our lunch were a Rueda Verdejo called Cruz de San Martín and a Rioja called Aradon: both cost €13.50 and were sound.

For main course we chose Confit de Pato and Entrecote both of which attracted an extra charge. The confit was accompanied by a very tasty orange based sauce. Other dishes selected were veal cheek, grilled salmon and dorado –all excellent.



This was a most enjoyable lunch in a beautiful setting. Cost €34.33 p.p. We awarded the Jávea Golf club restaurant with five stars!





RH 81

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Jun 282019
GRAELLES,                JAVEA        646592053


Lunch beside the seaside

Graelles is a well presented restaurant located at Avenida Mediterraneo 22, which is the stretch of coast between the Parador hotel and the port of Javea.

The menu del día is priced at €12.50 and the starters on offer were a plentiful salad, prawn cocktail and calamares. For main course we enjoyed fried bacalao (cod).

Our host selected red and white wines from the Requena area under the same brand name of Audentia and both were more than acceptable and priced at €13.50.

Dessert was a combination of cheesecakes, “iced coffees” and chocolate cake. If none of the food drew great acclaim, the general view was that it was all acceptable and very good value although our wine consumption lifted the cost p.p. to €29.90.

RH 72

Mar 222019
LA COCINA,                     JAVEA      965795140


World class kitchen

Nestled not far from the port of Javea, but far enough to deter the bucket & spade brigade, La Cocina or, to give it its full title, La Cocino del Mundo, is truly a wonderous kitchen from which comestible delights spring.


The décor of La Cocina is gentle and soothing.

The owners, who run the restaurant themselves, are proud of their menu from many parts of the world and are extremely careful to advise diners of the constituent elements of each dish, lest someone is intolerant of or dislikes a specific food.

Our party was presented with a two course menu, within which the first course offerings were all gluten free. In fact each dish was labelled with a list of fourteen potential allergic causes, from peanuts to seafood. Whilst waiting for our choices to be served we nibbled on pan rustica with alioli, reminiscent of the French cheese Boursin.

The items selected were an onion bhaji with salad leaves, a coca with mushrooms in a creamy sauce, baked Camembert, a goat´s cheese salad with onion from Amsterdam and beetroot relish and a dish of tacos with prawns. Each was consumed with delight.

The second course selections included a beef pie, a fish gratin that had a parmesan topping and a prawn curry that incurred a €1 surcharge on the fixed price of €16.50.

Comments ranged from “substantial” (prawn curry), “lovely and moist” (cajun chicken) and “delicious” (fish gratin). One diner was disappointed that the pastry for the beef pie was balanced on top of the beef rather than as a proper pie.

Our host selected the house wines: the white called Ocean, a monovarietal Montilla-Moriles 2017 and a red Tempranillo from Navarra called Castillo Monjardin. Both wines were pleasant and cost €11.

One member opted for dessert at an extra €5 for apple crumble with ice cream which he reported as not having too much cinnamon – so that´s alright!

With coffees and post-prandial liqueur of choice this elegant lunch cost €27.74 p.p.

PD 80

Feb 222019
VARADERO,                    JAVEA         965791683


Worth seeking out  

This curiously named restaurant (Varadero means “dry dock” in Spanish) is located on Plaza President Sr. Adolfo Suarez in the port area of Javea.



It would be easy to walk past the entrance as it is underbranded, but once inside the welcome from Souraya, the charming Lebanese owner is most reassuring.

We were presented tasty pita bread and hummus whilst we studied the menu del día which was priced at €15.



For starters we had vermicelli consommé, fried boquerones (anchovies), and migas malaquenos which turned out to be poched egg on a spicy mix of bread crumbs and mince.

Our host selected the house wines, both from the not so well known region of Almansa, the white a 100% Verdejo called Santa Cruz and the red a Garnacha called Albarroble, both priced at €13 and perfectly acceptable.

The main courses included cajan style prawns, ribeye steaks, vegetable lasagne and traditional fish & chips. All good.

Desserts were apple tart and a cream roly-poly called brazo de gitano. These were followed by the highlight of our lunch, the preparation of  “Queimada Gallega” an Orujo based liqueur  set on fire. The flambé ritual was expertly carried out by Borja, a proud Galician,  and enhanced our enjoyable lunch which cost €25.56 p.p.

RH 77

Dec 212018
CLUB DE TENIS,               JAVEA       965791911


Game, set and lunch!


The Javea tennis club is located on the Ctra. Cabo la Nao in the Arenal area and is well known for producing some good Spanish players, the most famous being David Ferrer. The restaurant is at the back of the complex that includes tennis and paddel courts, a swimming pool and many fine palm trees. The restaurant is renowned for rice dishes, Mediterranean fare and tapas.

It offers two menus del día; the one priced at €18 includes four starters, four main courses and three desserts. For starters we chose mussels and a delicious homemade soup. These were followed by a tenderloin fillet, sole and chicken cordon bleu.  Most of us opted for the €11 menu and enjoyed pumpkin soup and the same chicken and fish dishes from the more expensive menu and it included a half bottle of wine in the price!

Our host selected Cal y Canto verdejo white wine and the same label red, both priced at €14.

All in all, an excellent lunch in an atmospheric setting, for a reasonable price. Next time we will bring our tennis racquets!  Cost p.p. €19.26

JB 75



Dec 072018
LA REBOTICA,           JAVEA        966461318


A back room with a difference

A group of four of us visited La Rebotica, an apothecary and surgery of the distant past, but now a thriving tapas bar and restaurant on Calle San Bartolomé in Javea Old Town.

A warm and friendly welcome awaited with a good variety of tapas, however unfortunately a number of their flagship lines were not available on the day; this was the restaurant was going to close the next day for a two month holiday break.



We shared five dishes, namely Gambas al ajillo (€12), Tempura de veduras (€9), Chopitos (€9), grilled red mullet (€10) and pimientos del Padron (€6).


All were very tasty but we were left the thought of what might have been.

The accompanying wines were Darsena Rueda (€13) and an excellent Bai Gorri crianza (€19) from La Rioja.

For dessert we enjoyed pumpkin tart and profiterole and these were followed by coffee and brandy, which was kindly offered by the proprietor. An enjoyable lunch which cost €26.10 p.p.

RH 75

Nov 162018
AN SHEBEEN,            JAVEA         965776197


Great value at the “Irish”

An evocative revisit to An Shebeen in Javea, popularly known as the “Irish”  by our group of six; one of us, an ex-proprietor and another an inspiration for the original concept.

Now owned by four Spaniards after 5 years of closed doors, the pub remains essentially unchanged, a warm ambiance with a consistent Irish theme, of which the excellent pint of Guinness (€4.25)is a feature.


A well priced menu del día at €9.95 was selected by three of us, starting with a tasty “revuelto” followed by grilled hake or a meat stew.




All very acceptable. Those going off-piste had garlic prawns, a Hereford beef burger and a goat cheese salad curiously named after George Best. Again positive feedback.



The wines selected by our host were an excellent Verdejo from Ruedo called Ayre (€12.50), followed by an equally worthy Bobal from Utiel Requeña called Nodus (€15.75). The choice of wines is certainly more extensive under the new owners of An Shebeen.


All in all, a thoroughly enjoyable lunch with good value food and drinks (€22 p.p.) and the welcoming atmosphere of this Irish pub.

RH 76


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Oct 052018
ATALAYA,           JAVEA           966289666


Lunch with a view

Atalaya has spectacular views overlooking the Arenal bay, and we spent much of our lunch looking out at rollers sweeping in from the Mediterranean to provide much enjoyment to the bathers.

The restaurant is located on the first floor and is substantial in size.


There is a menu del día priced at €20 which delivers three starters to share – Gouda cheese salad, beef carpaccio and ham croquettes. Both of the latter dishes were judged to be very good but the cheese salad rather bland.

For the main course most of our menu del día group chose Arroz a banda but were not impressed. The other member had lamb chops with fries and was satisfied with his choice.

The members going á la carte enjoyed deep fat fried cheese balls presented as lollipops (€7.50) and followed these up with racks of wonderfully tender pork ribs (€12).

In fact the ribs were so substantial that one portion would have been enough to feed two.  One of our group opted for pork fillet served with a delicious mushroom sauce (€10.50).

Our host selected a Rueda Verdejo called Musgo and a Rioja called Marques de Atrio both acceptable and priced at €12.



Later in the lunch our host resisted the temptation of a Vega Sicilia which would have cost over €160 but instead settled on a further Rioja more modestly priced at €16.

An enjoyable lunch with great views costing €26.38 p.p.

PD/SL 75


Sep 212018
DOLCE & SALATO,               JAVEA      672444552


The sweet life

Dolce & Salato is one of a line of restaurants, at number 13, on the Paseo Marina Española which is a pedestrian street leading to the port of Javea. The view over the Mediterranean gives one a very comfortable sense of well- being.

We selected a menu of tapas dishes costing €13.60. For this one could have up to five out of a total of seven tapas.  Interestingly our hosts were both Polish,  Kryzy and his wife Kate, but the cuisine was typical Mediterranean.


First up were patatas bravas and beef kebab. Thereafter was a tapa of peppers stuffed with a cod reduction and chopitos of baby squid and garlic prawns.

The wines were from the Enguera region of Valencia priced at €13 & €14. The owners of Dolce & Salato have their own wine labels, and their choice of name for the vino tinto was interesting to say the least: Bloody Red!

We found ourselves to be a bit peckish after the tapas so we all had desserts – apple pie with ice cream, cheesecake and coffee mousse. All tasty but at €5.50, a bit pricey compared with the tapas.

After factoring in our pre- lunch beers, wine, coffee and a chopito our final bill totalled €28.62 p.p.

KK 76