PUNTA BENIMAQUIA, LA XARA 966420014
Punta Benimaquia is located on the road from Jesus Pobre to La Xara.
The restaurant consists of a number of attractive intimate rooms and a large barn like dining room into which we were directed. We moved three times before we finally agreed on a table that everyone felt comfortable with and we were then able to study the substantial menu.
The menu del día was priced at just €11.90 and offered a choice of eleven starters, thirteen main courses, six desserts as well as a glass of the house wine, El Pinar from Alicante. We did try the house white but as it was rather dull our host chose the Enate Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot blend from Somantano (€16.50) and it lifted our spirits.
For starters we had delicious grilled langoustines, a seafood cocktail, fresh cheese with anchovies and a plate of Serrano ham with a fried egg and fried potatoes.
One of our party chose pork cheeks with pasta presented on a very colourful plate.
Again most of us chose the profiteroles for dessert and in this case they were clearly not taken out of the fridge early enough as they were ice cold. Together with coffees and brandy the cost of this lunch amounted to just €19.94 p.p.