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.