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

ATALAYA, JAVEA

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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

 

 

 

Sep 142018
 
EL CAMPO,           JAVEA           961134466

 ★★★★☆ 

Chill and grill

 

El Campo is listed as being part of Javea but is in fact a lot closer to the centre of Benitachell. It is situated at Travessia de les Cansalades 134 and has been under renovation for the past two years and now has new owners; with some great landscaping they have created a restaurant with lovely ambience and plenty of space – not cluttered like many restaurants today.

There is a menu del día priced at €18, not including any drinks, but all but one of us decided to opt for the á la carte which did not work out much more expensive.

We started with garlic prawns, mussels and salmon but thereafter the focus was on meat.

 

 

 

El Campo has a dish on the menu called a Super Bad Burger (€48) and it was so large that it was sufficient for four men!

 

 

 

 

Other items from the grill of El Campo were lamb chops (€26) and a half rack of ribs (€12.95).

On the wine front we enjoyed Tierras de Murillo Rioja and a Verdejo from Tierra de Castilla, both modestly priced at €11 and €12 respectively.

At €34 p.p. this was not a cheap meal, but the food was excellent, the service provided by Emma was seamless and the enjoyment memorable.

JB 77

 

 

May 252018
 
EVEREST SPICE,                  JAVEA        965770230

 ★★★★☆ 

Spice up your taste buds…

You could smell the spices as we were parking the cars and for those of us love Indian or Nepali food we knew we were in for a good feast…

Everest Spice is located at Ctra. la Guardia 127  on the way towards Cabo la Nao and to the south of Arenal, where its sister restaurant, Gurkha Palace operates. The owner and staff  are all from Nepal as is the cuisine.

The menu is extensive and there are two menus del día priced at €8.95 and a three course lunch for  €12.95 which was what we opted for. We were presented with wonderful freshly baked naan bread accompanied by four sauces whilst we decided on our selection of dishes.

There was a choice of five starters and we went for delicious Onion Bhajis as well as Chicken Chhoila.

 

 

 

 

For main course we opted for a substantial Goan King Prawn curry which was offered at different levels of spice – all good.

 

Others in our party had Tandoori mixed grill and Chicken Amilo and were not disappointed. For desserts we enjoyed ice cream.

For wines our host decided to trade up from the house offering and very generously selected Davila Albariño (€21.99) and a 2014 crianza from Ribero del Duero called  Romántica (€23.49). Some our group opted for draft beers.

As it was a warm sunny day we lunched outside in the spacious garden and it was very relaxing. Inspection of the restaurant itself revealed a comfortable atmospheric interior to return to in the future.

The service by the Nepali staff was attentive and friendly.  A lovely afternoon which cost €27.80) p.p.

 

JB 75

 

 

May 112018
 
AMARE TAPAS,              JAVEA          965792602

 ★★★☆☆ 

Tapas with a sea view

This restaurant is part of a group of three similar restaurants that includes Amarre 152 which we had visited in the past. It is situated at Avenida del Mediterráneo  96, which is on the sea front a few hundred metres north of the Javea Parador. There is ample parking on the beach opposite.

 

As the name suggests, it is mainly a Tapas restaurant, but it does sport a menu del día priced at a modest €8.50 and two of group opted for this. They were served a slightly limp salad, followed by costillas, oven baked with a rich honey glaze. The ribs were deemed average, slightly on the dry side.

The remainder of the group indulged themselves in a wide variety of tapas, electing for huevos rotos with iberico ham (€7), sardinas (€4.50), garlic prawns (€6.50), croquetas of iberico ham (€4.00) and patatas bravas (€3.50). All good and no one went hungry.

 

Our host opted for a white Faustino Rivero Macabeo (€11), which was deemed thin and so we traded up to a Chardonnay (€14) also from Faustino and this was acceptable. The Faustino Tempranillo (€11) was also acceptable.

Desserts included Tiramisu, cheesecake and ice creams. Together with coffees and mistella offered by the house, our agreeable outing cost €23.07 p.p.

PD 69

Apr 062018
 
PEPA PIZZA,         JAVEA      965792572

 ★★★☆☆ 

Much more than pizza

Pizzeria Pepa is one of the longest established (1983) restaurants on the Arenal in Javea and is under the same ownership as El Gaucho, also of Javea. Always busy, it is characterized by a wide selection of quality dishes, not just pizza, and a friendly, efficient service.

 

The menu del día ranges in price from €16 to €22 according to the main course selected.

The starters selected included baked camembert with a delicious cranberry salsa, beef carpaccio, albondigas and chicken salad, all well appreciated.

 

For main course most of our table chose spare ribs (€17) whereas some of our party opted for hamburger (€16) and Tagliatelle (€17.50).  The ribs though tasty were found to be a bit on the  chewy side and this undoubtedly affected the overall evaluation. The hamburger was excellent and the pasta though good, was excessive in quantity.

The meal was accompanied by, in the first place a house white from Jalon, but our host decided to trade up with a Rueda Verdejo (€12.50) called Centrum. The house red, also from Jalon was the well known Marnes brand.

For desserts the choice was three chocolates cake or tiramisu – both enjoyable.

We completed our pleasant lunch on the seafront with coffees and brandy and there is no reason to suppose that Pepa will not be around for another 45 years. Cost p.p. €24.80.

RH 71                                                                              

 

 

CANDE, JAVEA

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Jan 262018
 
CANDE,                JAVEA       965795990

 ★★★☆☆ 

Good food let down by house wines

Restaurante Cande is located at Cristo del Mar, 20 in the old port of Javea. The façade is modest enough but the restaurant inside, which has been run by three Spanish sisters for over 20 years, is comfortable and homely. There are some interesting photographs on the walls of the Javea coast before the area was developed.

The menus del día are featured on publicity boards outside the entrance and are priced at €12 and €15; we tried both.

 

 

 

 

For starters we chose soup, steamed mussels and entremeses – a selection of cold meats. All were enjoyable. However the accompanying house wines were decidedly disappointing. The white called Rioblanca was thin at just 11.5% and the red called El Primar was equally sad but perhaps the price of just €3.50 should have warned us. Fortunately our host traded up to a verdejo from Tierra del Castilla called Mataespesa (€12.50) and a Rioja Crianza from the Torres stable called Altos Ibéricos (€14) were much more acceptable.

 

Our main course selections were grilled sole, pork chops with a pepper sauce and stuffed loin of pork with prune sauce. All good.

Desserts were limited to sliced orange in a Cointreau sauce or flan. The cost of our lunch in Cande, including coffees and brandies, amounted to €22.33.

 

KK 68