Feb 222019
 
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.

RH 77

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

 

 

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.

RH 75                                                

Jun 302017
 
RESTAURANTE AZAHAR, BALCÓN AL MAR, JAVEA  965770047

 ★★★★☆ 

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.

JB 78