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Jan 262018
 
CANDE,                JAVEA       965795990

 ★★★☆☆ 

Good food let down by house wines

Restaurante Cande is located at Cristo del Mar, 20 in the old port of Javea. The façade is modest enough but the restaurant inside, which has been run by three Spanish sisters for over 20 years, is comfortable and homely. There are some interesting photographs on the walls of the Javea coast before the area was developed.

The menus del día are featured on publicity boards outside the entrance and are priced at €12 and €15; we tried both.

 

 

 

 

For starters we chose soup, steamed mussels and entremeses – a selection of cold meats. All were enjoyable. However the accompanying house wines were decidedly disappointing. The white called Rioblanca was thin at just 11.5% and the red called El Primar was equally sad but perhaps the price of just €3.50 should have warned us. Fortunately our host traded up to a verdejo from Tierra del Castilla called Mataespesa (€12.50) and a Rioja Crianza from the Torres stable called Altos Ibéricos (€14) were much more acceptable.

 

Our main course selections were grilled sole, pork chops with a pepper sauce and stuffed loin of pork with prune sauce. All good.

Desserts were limited to sliced orange in a Cointreau sauce or flan. The cost of our lunch in Cande, including coffees and brandies, amounted to €22.33.

 

KK 68              

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

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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Apr 212017
 
CASA GRAU,                JAVEA              965792756

 ★★★☆☆ 

Miniature mussels in historic Javea

Located in one of the narrow pedestrian streets in the Centro Historico district of Javea at Calle Major, Casa Grau is a small restaurant with a lot of charm and atmosphere.

We decided against eating outside as it was a chilly day and the street is quite narrow.

Whilst Casa Grau is renowned for tapas, we all opted for their menu del día which was priced at €14 and provided choices of three starters, main courses and desserts.

Most of us opted for mussels for our starter and although they were tasty, the portions, like the mussels themselves, were small. The main courses turned out better with a chicken stew and Arroz Meloso, unfortunately translated into English as “sticky rice”.

 

The wines were particularly well selected by our host, a Verdejo called Javier Sanz (€17) and a very elegant red called Habla del Silencio (€20).

 

 

The dessert was a delicious lemon tart and together with coffees and shots of brandy our enjoyable lunch cost €25.36 p.p.

JB 74

 

Feb 032017
 
EL ELEFANTE,                 JAVEA    966460009

 ★★★☆☆ 

Un elefante elegante

Even an elephant can sometimes be difficult to find. El Elefante is located at Partida Capsades, 19,  on the outskirts of Javea, set back about 100 metres on the left hand side on the road from Arenal heading towards the CV 740.

Normally this atmospheric restaurant serves lunch only on Sundays, but if asked they are willing to accommodate groups on other days. Besides our club there were two other tables of diners present.

The menu costs €17 for three courses including a half bottle of wine. Each course has four dishes to select from and for starters we chose mussels Thai style – cooked in coconut, ginger and coriander, crispy black pudding with bacon and caramelized onion and chorizo cream, and finally butternut, orange and ginger soup. The first two starters were particularly good and soup less so.

For main course we tried hearty spiced beef pie with onion and vegetable; the pie could have been a bit spicier. The other dish chosen was very tender pork medallions with glazed apple and calvados sauce.

Some of us opted for a platter of Cheddar and Brie instead of dessert and the others for Baileys  banana trifle and an apple and blackberry crumble with vanilla ice cream. All good.

Our menu was tasty and of good quality however the consensus view was that the dishes were served warm rather than hot. The house wines from Alicante were acceptable and branded Monte Segre. Our host decided to splash out on a bottle of the Rioja Marques de Puerto Reserva 2007 (€25) which more than compensated for the temperature of the food.

Together with coffees and brandy our enjoyable afternoon cost €32 p.p.

LdD 73

 

 

Jan 272017
 
LA RENDA,                 JAVEA,         965793763

 ★★★☆☆ 

Handy for the flicks

Located next to the cinema in Javea, all the ingredients seemed in place for a highly successful lunch. A mere stroll from our aperitifs, enthusiastic lunchers, tasteful décor, well priced and varied menu del día (€13.90) warm and friendly service.

 

However not quite up to expectations;  perhaps a “bad day at the office”.

The menu del día starters were an excellent vichyssoise, mussels, croquetas of ham and cheese – all good quality but in rather meagre portions. The starters were served with a very acceptable white wine from Utiel Requena called Las2ces.

Things then went somewhat awry; the monkfish  stew was too chewy, the arroz abanda although excellent was more akin to arroz negra. Finally two of our group ordered pork but were served lamb!

The red wine selected by our host was from Alicante called Vermador (€11) and was well appreciated.

 

The dessert, a combo of pumpkin tart, fruit and ice cream was perfectly acceptable. Coffees and brandies (kindly offered by Jose Luis of La Renda) completed our eventful lunch. Though a disappointment, one was left with the impression that this was just one of those off days that every establishment suffers. There will surely be better days.

RH 72

 

Oct 212016
 
PEPE Y ESTRELLA,                JAVEA       965791910

 ★★★★☆ 

Pepe good for cuatro estrellas!

 

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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.

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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…..

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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.

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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.

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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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