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.


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Dec 082017
VOLTA I VOLTA,          JAVEA       96504823


Subtle tastes and smiling faces

Our club previously visited this restaurant in 2011 when it was called La Musa and run by a Ukrainian family. It scored four stars then and achieved the same rating on this occasion. Volta i Volta is located in the rabbit warren of streets in the old town district of Javea, at Calle Santa Teresa 5, a lovely stone building. It has been redecorated very tastefully and is now under the ownership of Carlos and Marguerita.

As our lunch fell on a public holiday the menu del día was priced at €18, but the restaurant was full so we were happy to proceed. The starters were shitake (mushroom) soup and tagliatelli with guinea fowl, both subtly tasty.

Our generous host selected a Verdejo from Castilla Leon called CuCu (€19) and a Rioja called Siena de Tolono (€17) to accompany our dishes.

For main course we opted for lamb: part grilled leg, part braised skirt. Both delicious, although in common with many Spanish restaurants, somewhat lacking in vegetables.

Dessert was a homemade cheesecake and tasted as such.

Our fun day out in old town Javea, including the usual coffees and brandies cost €29.91 p.p.

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Jun 302017


Lunch under the rubber tree

Balcón al Mar is a residential district of Javea to the south of Arenal between Cap Negre and Cap de la Nao. At number 3 Calle Cap Negre is to be found Restaurante Azahar, with its huge Ficus or Rubber tree. We chose to have lunch under this tree which provided a relaxing, comfortable ambience.

The menu del día is priced at €12.90 for three courses and includes a half bottle of acceptable house wine, bread and alioli.

The Thai mussels were the popular choice for the first course and the lenguado and lamb dishes were the dominant main courses.





Some of the main courses incurred a price surcharge and one of our party chose to go off piste to savour Caesar salad and Cordon Bleu.



Our host decided to trade up for white wine with a very enjoyable Alberiño called Lagar de Indra (€16).  

The only negative about eating under the Rubber tree were the flies, but this was a small price to pay for such a great outing.

The overall cost p.p. for this lunch including desserts, brandies and coffees amounted to €28.67.

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May 122017
LA FONTANA,                  JAVEA             965790417


Life´s a beach

A first welcome to the Arenal district of Javea for the 2017 season and to La Fontana, a family owned and recently renovated restaurant, in business since 1963.

All but one of our members opted for the €16 menu del día, the odd man out chose the €21 version, the difference being in the price of the main course.


The wines selected by our host were a Rueda Verdejo called Cyatho (€13) and a Rioja called Carramimbre (€13.50); judging by consumption, both well appreciated.



The starters chosen were a combo of three tapas, chiperones (squid) and garlic prawns, all tasty, although the prawns were slightly overcooked.



The main course was an excellent paella con marisco, lamb and from the premium menu a slightly overcooked beef tenderloin.








Our desserts were crema catalan and mousse de coco, providing a pleasant conclusion to our enjoyable lunch. Chopitos were graciously offered by the establishment. Cost p.p. €25.22. Good value for a front line Javea restaurant.

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Oct 212016
PEPE Y ESTRELLA,                JAVEA       965791910


Pepe good for cuatro estrellas!


dsc01383There are several restaurants at the port end of Avenida Mediterráneo that one could easily drive past, but at no.42, not far from the landmark bar Montgo do Bongo, is a real find.


Pepe y Estrella has a patio that looks onto the Mediterranean and this is where we chose to have lunch. On inspection, the interior of the restaurant is indeed very elegant.dsc01399





There are effectively three menus del día, priced at €15, €16.50 and €18.95 according to the choice of main course. Included in the price is a half bottle of house wine; the white from Tierra de Castilla was branded Tapas, whereas the red was branded Vega Libre and produced in Utiel Requena. Both were rather thin, which was not surprising,  as the alcohol content was a modest 11.5%,  so our host kindly switched to magnums of Crianza 2011 Gloriosa from Rioja which were competitively priced at €25 per magnum.


For starters we chose gambas al ajillo, steamed mussels, gratin scallops, Greek salad and a selection of patés – all excellent.dsc01393

Our main course choices included pork fillet with a mushroom and goats cheese sauces, chicken cooked in a curry sauce and the pork dish called secreto barbacoa – again all delicicious.dsc01394

Desserts were flan, crema catalan and assorted ice cream. Pepe y Estrella came within a whisker of earning five stars and perhaps if we had lunched in the elegant dining room rather than on the patio, we would have awarded the extra few points required…

A thoroughly enjoyable lunch costing €25.25 p.p. including coffee.

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Jul 222016
EL RANCHO,                     JAVEA          965771126


Lunch in the shade

Caretera del Portixol lies inland and to the south of beach area of Arenal and at number 34 is the restaurant El Rancho. It is deceptively spacy both inside and out and we chose to lunch outside, but sheltered from the sun.

The menu del día costs €15.95 including a half bottle of wine. The menu is extensive and of good quality. The wine called Nurviana is very acceptable and from Navarra.

Our pleasant lunch in the shade cost €25.27 p.p.

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Feb 122016
CALIMA,            JAVEA             965794821


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Calima is one of many restaurants and bars located on Avenida Marina Española looking onto the Mediterranean, next to the port region of Javea.


The restaurant is small but with very cool décor and atmosphere.

There is a regular menu del día on offer for €13.30 or a Tapas menu for €13.50 and most of us chose the latter option.

First up was a casserole of steamed mussels and this was accompanied by a verdejo wine from Tierra de Castilla from the Ossaria bodega. Patatas bravas was the next tapa and then some flavoursome croquetas completed the starters. We stayed with Ossaria for our red wine with a blend of Tempranillo, Merlot and Syrah. Both wines were priced at €11.55CALIMA 009
The principal dish was tender pork fillet medallions served with foie.
For desserts we chose apple tart with ice cream and a chocolate tart. The cost p.p. of our tapas lunch at Calima amounted to €22.95, coffees and brandy included.


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May 292015
NOX,             JAVEA            966471011


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Nox is an elegant restaurant is in a stunning location overlooking the Arenal beach on Avenida Ultramar.005 The décor is contemporary, the servers are elegant and efficient and the food is delicious; but these elements come at a price.

The menu del día is priced at €25.00, not including drinks.
Our starter was a delicate cheese filled ravioli with salad and was accompanied by a Rueda Verdejo called Valdecuevas (€16.00).003The red selected by our very generous host was a 2010 Rioja crianza called Montecillo also priced at €16.

Most of our party chose sirloin steak for their main course and were very satisfied.009

Our courageous luncher went for the fish option, an unusually named Butterfish. He was rewarded with a beautifully presented dish that was a symphony of delicate flavours.
The dessert was an exquisite presentation of fruits.

We proceeded to coffees and brandies and this brought the total cost of this memorable lunch to a pricey €51.34 p.p.016

The message is clear, if you want to impress someone, bring them to Nox.
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Apr 102015



The Javea to Benitachell road dissects the Golf club of Javea and at km 4.5 the club house is to be found. The functional building houses a spacious bar and lounge area with views onto the golf course and a pool that is home to numerous fish and terrapins.026

The elegant dining room is open to all comers and not just the club membership that is often the case with golf clubs.

There were two menus del día, priced at €14.90 and €18.00, not including IVA. Whilst most of us chose from the latter, the selected dishes from the cheaper option were stuffed peppers and an upsidedown shepherd´s pie.
Huevos rotos served with serrano ham was the most popular choice of starter and very good it was too. Our host selected an impressive looking sashimi of salmon for his starter and this was accompanied by a Rueda verdejo called Palestra (€10.85 + IVA).  012
For main course our choice included confit de pato, osso buco, and two pork dishes – pork knuckle and Melosa Iberico which was pork loin with mushroom sauce. 016

All enjoyable but served in bowls rather than on plates which was somewhat unusual. Our host chose a Rioja called Tres Ducados (also €10.85 + IVA) to accompany the main course.
The desserts were all homemade and included apple tartlet, flan and chocolate coulant with ice cream.

Our lunch, including coffees and 10% IVA, cost €24.26 p.p.






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Oct 032014
AMARRE 152,        JAVEA         965790629


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The Port de la Fontana is a tiny harbour for pleasure boats a few hundred meters inland from the Arenal beach area of Javea. In one corner of the harbour is a modern glass and stainless steel structure which houses the elegant Amarre 152 restaurant.






The menu del día is priced at €20, not including drinks. Our host selected two excellent wines to accompany our lunch, Oro Blanco Verdejo from Rueda (€14.50) and Viña Pomal 2008 Reserva from Rioja (€22). DSC00759
The starters were all beautifully presented and wonderful to savour – calamares, carpaccio of beef and croquetas of iberica ham.

For our main courses a number of our members went for the house speciality, a rice dish with sepia and artichokes. Other more traditional dishes included duck with fruit sauce, beef brochettes with cous-cous and sea bass. All excellent.



Our discovery of Amarre 152 cost over €36 p.p. and it was worth it.
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