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.

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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.

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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.

 

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Apr 212017
 
CASA GRAU,                JAVEA              965792756

 ★★★☆☆ 

Miniature mussels in historic Javea

Located in one of the narrow pedestrian streets in the Centro Historico district of Javea at Calle Major, Casa Grau is a small restaurant with a lot of charm and atmosphere.

We decided against eating outside as it was a chilly day and the street is quite narrow.

Whilst Casa Grau is renowned for tapas, we all opted for their menu del día which was priced at €14 and provided choices of three starters, main courses and desserts.

Most of us opted for mussels for our starter and although they were tasty, the portions, like the mussels themselves, were small. The main courses turned out better with a chicken stew and Arroz Meloso, unfortunately translated into English as “sticky rice”.

 

The wines were particularly well selected by our host, a Verdejo called Javier Sanz (€17) and a very elegant red called Habla del Silencio (€20).

 

 

The dessert was a delicious lemon tart and together with coffees and shots of brandy our enjoyable lunch cost €25.36 p.p.

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Feb 032017
 
EL ELEFANTE,                 JAVEA    966460009

 ★★★☆☆ 

Un elefante elegante

Even an elephant can sometimes be difficult to find. El Elefante is located at Partida Capsades, 19,  on the outskirts of Javea, set back about 100 metres on the left hand side on the road from Arenal heading towards the CV 740.

Normally this atmospheric restaurant serves lunch only on Sundays, but if asked they are willing to accommodate groups on other days. Besides our club there were two other tables of diners present.

The menu costs €17 for three courses including a half bottle of wine. Each course has four dishes to select from and for starters we chose mussels Thai style – cooked in coconut, ginger and coriander, crispy black pudding with bacon and caramelized onion and chorizo cream, and finally butternut, orange and ginger soup. The first two starters were particularly good and soup less so.

For main course we tried hearty spiced beef pie with onion and vegetable; the pie could have been a bit spicier. The other dish chosen was very tender pork medallions with glazed apple and calvados sauce.

Some of us opted for a platter of Cheddar and Brie instead of dessert and the others for Baileys  banana trifle and an apple and blackberry crumble with vanilla ice cream. All good.

Our menu was tasty and of good quality however the consensus view was that the dishes were served warm rather than hot. The house wines from Alicante were acceptable and branded Monte Segre. Our host decided to splash out on a bottle of the Rioja Marques de Puerto Reserva 2007 (€25) which more than compensated for the temperature of the food.

Together with coffees and brandy our enjoyable afternoon cost €32 p.p.

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Jan 272017
 
LA RENDA,                 JAVEA,         965793763

 ★★★☆☆ 

Handy for the flicks

Located next to the cinema in Javea, all the ingredients seemed in place for a highly successful lunch. A mere stroll from our aperitifs, enthusiastic lunchers, tasteful décor, well priced and varied menu del día (€13.90) warm and friendly service.

 

However not quite up to expectations;  perhaps a “bad day at the office”.

The menu del día starters were an excellent vichyssoise, mussels, croquetas of ham and cheese – all good quality but in rather meagre portions. The starters were served with a very acceptable white wine from Utiel Requena called Las2ces.

Things then went somewhat awry; the monkfish  stew was too chewy, the arroz abanda although excellent was more akin to arroz negra. Finally two of our group ordered pork but were served lamb!

The red wine selected by our host was from Alicante called Vermador (€11) and was well appreciated.

 

The dessert, a combo of pumpkin tart, fruit and ice cream was perfectly acceptable. Coffees and brandies (kindly offered by Jose Luis of La Renda) completed our eventful lunch. Though a disappointment, one was left with the impression that this was just one of those off days that every establishment suffers. There will surely be better days.

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Sep 162016
 

MONSOON THAI,     JAVEA          966472862

 ★★★☆☆ 

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Monsoon Thai is located at Avenida Mediterraneo 10, on the seafront near the port area of Javea. It has a substantial covered patio overlooking the sea and that is where most of the customers chose to have lunch.

The menu del día is priced at €13.50 for two courses plus dessert or coffee, but no drinks. The portions were not particularly generous; for example most of our group selected Poh Pia Tod, for which the translation was vegetable spring roll, and that´s what they got –just one spring roll each.

The house wines called Cal y Canto were from Tierra de Castilla and cost €10.50 each.

For main course we chose chicken red curry, wok fried beef and chicken satay. All alright but not special.  For dessert the choice was hardly Thai cuisine – profiteroles or ice cream.

Our “Thai” experience cost €23.81 p.p.

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Jul 012016
 
CHALET SUIZO,            JAVEA      965796813

 ★★★☆☆ 

Swiss delights

There are numerous restaurants on Carretera Jesus Pobre and at no.126 is Chalet Suizo which has a genuine Swiss kitchen. The menu price is governed by the main course selected and ranges from €14 to €24.

The lunch includes soup, tapas, bread, patatas fritas and vegetables. Our selected main course dishes were cheese fondue (€15.90) and veal Wiener Schnitzel (€23.80), both good.

Our host choose an elegant Legaris Crianza from Ribero del Duero (€22.80) to accompany our pleasant lunch sitting outside. Cost p.p. €38.85.

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ATTICO, JAVEA

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Oct 162015
 
ATTICO,       JAVEA             965795461

 ★★★☆☆ 

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Perched on the fifth and top floor of Hotel Javea in the port of Javea, Restaurante Attico offers good food with stunning views. The menu del día is priced at €14.95 and includes three starters per person, a main course, dessert and a glass of house wine.

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The starters consisted of a mozzarella salad, a puff pastry parcel with tuna and a tikka chicken skewer with mint sauce. Of the three the tuna dish was the most pleasing.
The house wines branded Cal y Canto, were from Tierra de Castilla; the white, a verdejo and the red, a tempranillo merlot blend. Both acceptable but our host decided the red could be improved upon and so we switched to the reliable Enate crianza 2008 from Somontano (€19.80).attico 006

For main course most of us selected pork fillet with peaches and a sweet and sour sauce, and it was delicious. The remainder chose lamb chops with rosemary and honey which was a bit on the bland side. There was also hake cooked basque style available, but there were no takers.

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Desserts were either toffee caramel flan or brownie with ice cream; again nothing to write home about.

 

However the views over the bay towards Arenal are stunning and that is the memory that we will cherish from our lunch at Attico.

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Cost per person including coffees and brandies was €29.14.
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Jul 032015
 
EL SECRETO DEL TOMATE,  JAVEA                   966462646

 ★★★☆☆ 

Well Hidden

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On the road from Gata de Gorgos to Javea, more or less opposite the tanatoria, you will find Restaurante El Secreto del Tomate. You can easily miss it, because it is hidden behind a wall of conifers. There is plenty parking space, and passing the entrance unfolds a rural venue where you can choose to sit on the lawn or more sheltered under the trees. When the weather is less pleasant you go indoors.

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The menu costs €14,90 or €15,90 depending of the chosen main course. Drinks are not included. Lunch is only served on Fridays and the weekend.

The menu consists of homemade bread with a very nice tomato salsa, tasty pimiento de padron, salad, a starter, main course and dessert. For main course you can choose either young chicken (called picantón), chicken, costilla de tenera or Lubina.

Some of our lunchers chose for starters a nice vegetable soup, and the others opted for a bowl of tasty lentils. For the main course we had respectively the picantón, and the barbecued costilla de ternera. Our host selected a fresh rosada called Las Campanas from Navarra (€ 11) followed by a pleasant red wine from Ribero del Duero “Quinta de Tarsus Crianza 2011” (€22).

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Sitting in the shade of the trees we had a most enjoyable lunch, well prepared, and  served by a friendly staff. The lunch was completed with some cheese in order to finish the red wine, and followed by coffee and a smooth brandy.

This lunch experience cost an average of €27,86 per person.

 

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