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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Oct 142016
CA MARIA,          JAVEA         965793083


Started well…..



Avenida Marina Española is the pedestrian walkway linking the road from Arenal and the port area of Javea. There are numerous restaurants along this strip and our club has previously lunched in two of them, Piri-Piri and Calina.dsc01380



We lunched al fresco on the terrace which allowed us to observe the eclectic shapes, sizes and states of dress or undress of the promenaders.

The menu del día cost €15.75 including a half bottle of Batanes (€12) from Campo de Borja.

Before our starters arrived we were served fresh warm rolls with alioli.


The starters included delicious stuffed peppers, toastado with mushroom and bacon – also very tasty, as well as stuffed aubergines. The final dishes were acceptable croquetas and a too salty salteado.dsc01370




There was then a very long gap in our lunch, possibly 30 minutes or more before our chosen main courses arrived. All four were dry and/or overcooked. These were duck in an orange sauce, dorada or sea bream, chicken with a curry sauce and a pork dish.



Why the delay?

Our desserts included apple tart, cheesecake and ice cream and although they were enjoyable, our overall lunch experience was one of disappointment. Together with coffee and brandy the cost p.p. amounted to €23.60.

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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 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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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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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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Dec 042015
IBERIA,                                   JAVEA                         965996716




This self-styled gastrobar is located at 9, Calle de San Buenaventura which is one of the narrow streets running close by the Church in Javea oldtown. The restaurant area is tiny with seating for about twenty patrons.


Our host had been lead to believe there would be a menu del día on offer for around €14-15 but this proved to be premature as our server explained it would come into effect the following week. What was on offer was a tasting menu of tapas priced at €30, not including drinks, a Christmas menu for €65, or one could chose individual dishes from the tapas menu.
None of us felt up to splashing out on the Christmas offer but instead most of us tried the tasting menu.007
A delightfully presented tomato with cream cheese was served whilst we waited for the first course. In fact the presentation of all of the courses at Iberia is really creative. An oriental Russian salad with tuna and trout caviar was followed by deep fried cod and octopus served with creamy potato and red pepper.
The meat course was slow cooked pork belly with pumpkin puree. Our host selected a Galician white called Montenova (€16) and Finca Luzon from Jumilla (€13).

The desserts chosen were toffee cheesecake and a brownie with an unusual red ice cream.

Overall, a beautifully presented, but rather pricey lunch and we need to return to Iberia to try the new menu del día to be able to judge this gastrobar against its peers. Cost p.p. including coffee, brandy and a tip: €39.
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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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Sep 112015
FABY´S MIL AROMAS,              JAVEA          616460485


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Faby´s Mil Aromas is hidden away along with a number of other restaurants in a courtyard called La Plaza fronting onto the Carretera Cabo de la Nao in the Arenal district of Javea.

La Plaza courtyard is a pleasant area with palm trees providing shade for al fresco dining.




The menu del día (€12 including one drink) was presented on a blackboard and while were perusing our options our host asked to see the wine list, only to be told by our waiter, that the choice of wine was red, white or rosado!


We decided to order a bottle of white wine which turned out to be an acceptable Rueda Verdejo with the intriguing name of Musgo.
Our starter was hard boiled eggs with some avocado and unpeeled shrimps; hardly haute cuisine.008


One of the choices for the main course was filete de pescado a la naranja and when we enquired what type of fish was involved, our friendly waiter told us it was a white fish. When pressed further he conceded that it was merluza or hake.
We moved on and selected Milanese escalope of veal and this was accompanied by a bottle of La Mancha red called Albadia del Roble (for which we were charged €9 for a bottle of Rioja). 006
Subsequently we had a look at the interior of the restaurant and saw that there was a selection of at least four different bottles of red wine on display, but of course no way of making a choice without a wine list. We were beginning to bond with our server who told his name was Rudi, then he decided it was Miguel and finally Michael. Whenever Rudi felt a bit of pressure (there were after all two or three couples at other tables) he would tell us he only had two hands!
Our desserts included a cold crepe with tinned peaches…


Finally when he went to pay the bill, which worked out at a modest €19.33 p.p., our host was advised that Faby did not accept credit or debit cards. Oh, and when we asked for a card for the restaurant we were given a brochure and useful map of Javea which features an advertisement for Faby´s on the cover. Classy.1000 aromas 001
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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.

q8This restaurant is founded by Kiko, a lawyer from Valencia. Unique selling points are the vegetables from the garden and that all dishes are cooked on the barbecue.

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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