PEPE Y ESTRELLA, JAVEA 965791910
Pepe good for cuatro estrellas!
There 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.
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.
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.
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.