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.