MASENA, JAVEA

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Nov 212014
 
MASENA,        JAVEA             965793764

 ★★★★★ 

Masterful

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Masena is long established restaurant in a substantial freestanding building on the road from Javea to Benitachell.

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It has a rustic but comfortable interior with table linen service and an extensive outdoor patio for al fresco dining.

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The menu del día costs €18 for a three course lunch and includes a glass of wine. A complimentary taster of a couple of prawns on a skewer got our lunch off to a good start.DSC00836[1]

This was followed by a delicious fish soup and a plate of scrambled eggs with chorizo. Our host ordered a bottle of Crianza Rioja called Campillo (€21.85) which proved to be an excellent accompaniment to our main courses.

After a lemon sorbet prepared our palates, we continued our lunch with lamb shoulder and a wild boar stew, both most enjoyable although the portion of vegetables were rather modest in size. The desserts were both homemade and rich – crema catalan and tarta de chocolate. Along with coffees and brandies this     elegant lunch cost €28.40 p.p.DSC00835[1]

 

 

 

 

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Apr 122013
 
LE GOURMAND, CARRETERA JESUS POBRE, JAVEA   96 628 96 86

 ★★★★★ 

Four gourmets at Le Gourmand!

A while back, Le Gourmand decided to make a move inland, perhaps wishing to distance itself from its next-door neighbour  (Scallops). A wise move! It now occupies a lovely position immediately below the sheer wall of the side of Montgo, half way to Jesus Pobre. Elegant al fresco dining on a lovely sunny day enhanced the experience – all purple-and-white.

The restaurant offers a menu del dia (three courses) for  €15 to include red or white vino de la casa. Our canny host stayed with the house wine – a wise move because both were particularly good. The white was a Nuviano 2012 (chardonnay) and the 2011 spicy red, from the same stable, combined Cabernet Sauvignon and Tempranillo grapes to a most pleasing effect. A second bottle followed, at a very reasonable  €10.80.

For starters we were offered three choices, and all were selected. The courgette and tomato quiche was moist, tasty and without the mind-numbing blandness which is so often found with this particular type of starter! The roasted goat cheese on a bed of lettuce might have been better with a little more garnish, but was otherwise well-received, and the chicken liver salad was pronounced “good”.

For the main course we all passed on the offer of poussin with brandy and grapes, two of us opting for a most excellent lamb tajine with crystallized lemon. This gave the (Moroccan) dish a flavour which was downright delicious! The French cut of beef called an onglet, served with shallots was also especially tasty, while our host polished off a dish of clams and prawns, pan-fried with vegetables.

The menu offered us  dessert of the day or ice cream or sorbet, but most of us opted for a three euro surcharge which gave us a medley of half a dozen “tasters” to go with our coffee – a mouthful of fruit salad, a spot of ice cream, a miniature slice of chocolate cake, a macaroon and a snifter of strawberry puree. Delicious!

It has to be said: this is not a restaurant to go to if you are in a rush – service is sedate but very friendly. It made  for a delightful afternoon under the shade of a large umbrella, and regrettably we never even ventured inside the building to be able to comment on the interior!

The total cost of this gourmet experience was  €24.24  per head.

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Nov 092012
 
L´ ÉCHALOTE   JAVEA   966473364

 ★★★★★ 

Stylish dining

Our host had originally promised to bring us to a restaurant on the coast at Granadella at Cap de Nau, but because it was cloudy, he decided we would dine in a restaurant called L´Échalote en route to our original destination.

L´Échalote is a housed in a modern building on Crta. La Guardia in the Costa Nueva district of Jávea. The building itself is nothing special from the outside, but on entering the impressions are all positive, with stylish modern décor, linen table service and uniformed waitresses.

 

The menu del día is priced at €15, wine not included. Well, there was a free glass of cava whilst we deliberated over our lunch choices. Snails smothered in garlic were produced followed by cheese croquettes before we even launched into our starters. These were peppers stuffed with cod and crabmeat and crab with vegetables.

There followed a quite peppery vegetable soup and a sorbet.For our main course most of us selected Guinea Fowl wrapped around spinach and one of our group had grilled salmon and hake.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    

 

Our host pushed the boat out when it came to the selection of wines and in turn this impacted on the overall cost of the meal. The white was a stunning Montenovo from Valdeorras in Galicia (€19). Both of the reds came from Utiel Requena, a Nodus Summon Reserva 2003 (€25.50) and a 2004 wine called Generación 1 (€25).

 

For dessert we chose Tiramisu and chocolate & vanilla ice cream and these were followed by coffees and Magno brandy. An outstanding menu del día for the price, but with our generous host´s expensive taste in wine the cost of our lunch rose to €39.91 p.p.

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LA MUSA, JAVEA

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Oct 142011
 
LA MUSA, JAVEA  (+34) 965792426       

 ★★★★★ 

Historic food at bargain prices.

La Musa is located in a lovely stone building at No. 5 Calle Santa Teresa just down from the fortified
church in the centre of the old town of Javea.
It is a new venture for an Ukranian family and they should do well, as they offer good food at very competitive prices in an historic setting. Unfortunately we were their only customers for lunch.

The menu del dia was just € 9.10 not including wine.

The choice of starters included homemade mushroom soup, a blue cheese salad or creamed spinach. All were delicious. The main course offered a choice of pork medallions with a cream sauce or Dorado, again both excellent.

The desserts were an unforgettable bought in flan, ice cream and chocolate mousse.

Our host was generous to a fault, ordering copious bottles of Legaris RuedaVerdejo, as well as El Coto Crianza from Rioja; as a consequence the total cost p.p rose to €20.11, which was still remarkable value.

La Musa Javea

C.Santa Teresa 5

03730 Javea

KK 80                           NB This restaurant closed in Autumn/Winter 2013