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NEW VENTA ROJA,         LLIBER         965731039

 ★★★☆☆ 

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This landmark restaurant on the CV 750 Jalon-Benissa road, overlooking the vineyards of Lliber in the Vall del Pop, has changed management and name four or five times over the past ten years and our last review was in 2013 when it scored two stars.

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The menu del día costs €13 and includes three starters, a main course and dessert. The first of our starters was a substantial chicken salad and this was followed by strips of jamon with a fried quail´s egg. The third starter was fresh calamari rings.
The house wines from the Jalon Co-op were passed over by our host in favour of a pleasant Rioja crianza called Azabache (€12), which had the effect of pushing up the cost of our lunch.

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For main course we had merluza (hake) in mussels sauce, beef steak with salsa, and one of our group chose pigs cheek with sauce from the à la carte menu for a supplement of €6. We agreed that perhaps with a little less sauce, the dishes could have been more distinctive.
The desserts were bought in ice cream tarts and together with brandies and coffee our lunch cost €27.90 p.p.

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May 092014
 

VAL DEL POP,     LLIBER   965731798

 ★★★☆☆ 

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Val del Pop restaurant is positioned above Llíber, just off the road leading from the scenic village towards Gata de Gorgos.

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One enters Val del Pop through heavy carved wooden doors, passing the barbecue grill leading inside to the extensive restaurant complete with cobbled stone floors. DSC00388

The views from the outside terrace over the Pop (sometimes referred to as the Jalon) valley are stunning.

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The menu del día is very competitively priced according to the main dish selected, ranging from just €8 up to €11.20. For our starters we selected a hearty meat soup and a substantial fresh salad, both good.

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Our host decided to run with the house red which was Marqués de Labranza from Tierra de Castilla, but for the white he traded up to Darsena Verdejo from Rueda, again very reasonably priced at €10.40.

The main courses were all cooked on the Val del Pop´s renowned wood fired barbecue and included shoulder of lamb that just fell off the bone, pork fillet and fillet of beef all served with baked potato, tomato and aubergine.DSC00395

Desserts, as is commonplace in many restaurants here, were bought in and comprised ice cream or flan. It turned out that we were the only guests for lunch this Friday although the following day the owner assured us there was a booking of over 100 guests for a wedding.

Including coffees and brandies this enjoyable lunch cost just €17.90 p.p.

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