Apr 152016
 
LES BRETONNES DE MORAIRA,      MORAIRA      966492384

 ★★★★☆ 

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This was the third visit by our club to this restaurant in Moraira. It originally opened under the name of La Senieta, then in 2014 it became La Serrena and now it is Les Bretonnes de Moraira. Located at 29 Avenida de Madrid, the décor of Les Bretonnes has not changed but the ownership is now in the hands of former staff from the very successful Moraira restaurant, Les Fouges.

 

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We chose from a menu del día priced at €25 +IVA. Like Les Fouges the cuisine and wines are French.

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We started with a very meaty pate, rillettes, quiche and a fish soup which was very tasty but a bit on the cool side for some of our group. It was heated up and the mood of our group improved.

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The wines selected by our host were a Muscadet, reasonably priced at €9.80, a Sancerre called Brochard at almost double the price (€18.80) and a St Emilion Grand Cru called Chateau Palais Cardinal at €26.40. We also sampled a red Bergerac reasonably priced at €9.80 but the wine list is sadly lacking many wines for less than €20.les bretonnes 008

Our main courses included steak tartare, entrecote and three fish dishes of salmon, cod and a wonderful seafood selection of langoustines, prawns and scallops.

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For dessert we enjoyed selections of ice cream and crème brulée.

The staff were friendly, bubbly and attentive and we rounded off an excellent and enjoyable lunch with coffee and Armagnac (€6). However the price of the wines pushed up the cost of our time with the Bretonne ladies to an expensive €48.44 p.p.

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Oct 232015
 
ZENSATEZ,          MORAIRA           965744255

 ★★★☆☆ 

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Situated right next to the Moraira – Calpe road at number 62, Zensatez is an elegant restaurant overlooking the sea. The proximity of the road unfortunately brings with it quite a lot of traffic noise.
Zensatez has a menu de mercado consisting of snacks with bread and alioli, three tapas, a meat or fish main course followed by dessert, for €25.
The presentation of all dishes is exquisite. One of the snacks was a sardine diving into a small potato.ZENSATEZ 003

The tapas dishes were artichokes, followed by prawns with a delicious strawberry vinaigrette and thereafter crispy battered hake with sauce.

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For main course the choice was either lamb or freshly caught monkfish.
Dessert was thinly sliced pineapple with ice cream. We had a Rueda Verdejo called Musgo and a Ribero del Duero called Tramuz, both priced at €15, to accompany our artistic lunch that seemed to improve with each course.

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Our visit to the Zensatez Gastrobar including coffees and brandies amounted to a hefty €43.20 p.p.
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Sep 182015
 
CASA TONI,        MORAIRA       965745411

 ★★★★★ 

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Toni is tops!

Casa Toni is located on the coast road from Moraira towards Calpe near the Malonda garden center at Calle Cabo San Antonio. There was a restaurant called DaVinci´s on the same site before.

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Although the restaurant is elegant and spacious inside, we chose to dine al fresco outside under a stylish awning. The menu del día costs €18.75 for three courses and a half bottle of wine.

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For starters we chose gratinated mussels which were delicious, wonderfully presented avocado and prawns and an unusual dish of figs and cheese packaged in edible little bags. The standard of presentation of all dishes at Casa Toni was simply outstanding.
The house wines were a Rueda Verdejo called Campustauru and the red, a Rioja crianza, called Castezo –both very pleasant.

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The main courses included chicken supreme filled with foie, pork tenderloin, small but meaty sole a la Meunière and cod with an avocado cream sauce.

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Desserts were apple strudel, crepes with forest fruits and ice cream and chocolate brownie with white chocolate sauce.
Together with coffees and brandies our stylish lunch cost €24.32 p.p.

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Jun 262015
 
RINCON DE MORAIRA,      MORAIRA        966490360

 ★★★★☆ 

Quiet corner of Moraira

1Unusually for a restaurant, Rincon de Moraira is located on the first floor rather than at street level, at 28 Calle Doctor Calatayud in the central area of Moraira. The owner Ramon was most welcoming and the restaurant was clean, well laid out but sadly empty, except for our party.

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The menu del día costs €12.90 plus IVA and this covers a starter, main course and dessert or coffee, but not wine. The fare is quite traditional; shrimp cocktail, melon with jamon and steamed mussels were amongst the choice of five starters.
For main course the choice was between paella mixta, spare ribs, swordfish, fillet of lemon sole and escalope of veal – all enjoyable, but not exceptional.

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The house wines were from Penedes and priced at €13, but our generous host traded up on the red to a crianza from Ribero del Duero called Emilio Moro which cost €25 a bottle.
Our enjoyable visit to this quiet corner of Moraira was completed by coffees and brandies which brought the cost p.p. to €32.58Rincon de Moraira 001
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May 012015
 
001HAPPY GARDEN,           MORAIRA          965744431

 ★★★☆☆ 

Happy lunchers

This well established Chinese restaurant is to be found on the coast road from Moraira to Calpe at number 198 where it shares a building with a firm of lawyers.

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Whilst there were numerous menu del día options starting at just €8.95, we decided instead to go for a meal for six priced at €89.95 including wine, deserts and coffee.005
The lunch kicked off with a choice of either spicy soup or a substantial spring roll. Thereafter the dishes just kept coming….
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Thereafter, absolutely delicious Pekin duck with pancakes, spare ribs, chicken with Bankok sauce, pork with green peppers and shrimps with cashew nuts all served with rice and noodles.010009
The house wines were all from La Mancha and appropriately branded Viña Oriente. All good quality, but as our host´s birthday was imminent he kindly splashed out on the renowned Muga from Rioja (€29.50) as well as Codorniu cava (€18.50). His largesse pushed the price of most enjoyable lunch from €14.99 p.p. to €26.90 but then you only live once…
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Apr 242015
 
LES FOUGES, MORAIRA 678745109

 ★★★★★ 

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This French fish restaurant was originally located in Teulada but has moved down to the coast overlooking the Mediterranean on the road from Moraira to Calpe, and this is where it belongs.006
There is no menu del día and indeed the process of ordering lunch is somewhat unusual in that everyone is invited by the server to visit a room adjacent to the dining area where the starters, main courses –both fish and meat, and the desserts are displayed. And what a display!

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Other starters included lobster bisque, grilled giant gambas (€4.80 per unit), scallops and peeled shrimps – all wonderfully fresh and flavoursome.

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For our main courses we selected monkfish (€14.95), tuna (€12.95) and salmon (€9.80) which were cut into steaks before being served up grilled to perfection. Our host stayed with French wine selecting a Montagne St Emillion from Bordeaux (€12.80).023

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Finally our desserts included tarte tatin, raspberry tart, apple tart and coffee eclairs –all delicious.At over €35 p.p. including coffees and brandy this was not a cheap lunch, but was it worth it?     OUI!
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Feb 272015
 
001KOSTA!          MORAIRA         865778300

 ★★★★☆ 

Kool!

Kosta! must rank with some of the coolest restaurants along the coast of the Marina Alta. It is to be found on the road running towards Calpe about 1 km from Moraira in a distinctive concrete, glass and chrome building. The décor inside is modern and chic.
One of the principals used to be involved in the Pedramala restaurant and he will no doubt be missed there.

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The menu del día costs €16.90, not including drinks, but their red and white house wines, both called Briñal, from Rioja are reasonably priced at €9.90.
The choice of starters included duck foie gras with a fresh salad, pumpkin soup or deep fried camembert; all delicious although the latter dish was rather on the small size.007
For main course most of us chose an interesting combination of salmon served with an orange sauce, and pork steak was the alternative option which proved to be a safe bet.

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The desserts were attractively presented, ice cream with egg nog or a chocolate brownie with fresh strawberries.

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Our host was particularly generous with wines and brandy resulting in the total cost of a most enjoyable lunch rising to €31.60 p.p.

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Oct 312014
 
BAJUL, MORAIRA 965743381

 ★★★★☆ 

Truckin´ noisy, but deliciously spicy

 

This upmarket Indonesian restaurant is located in Moraira near the castle on the seafront, at 27 Avenida de la Paz. bajul  (10)

The décor inside Bajul is modern and bright, however as the weather was distinctly summery, we decided to have our lunch on the terrace in front of the restaurant. This proved to be a noisy decision as our conversation was routinely interrupted by passing delivery trucks, garbage trucks and the like.

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Bajul does not offer a menu del día as such although one could argue that an Indonesian Rijsttafel is just that. Bajul´s Rijsttafel, priced at €22.50 is a wonderful mélange  of exotic flavours and textures.

 

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As there are seventeen different dishes involved in this Rijsttafel there was about a thirty minute wait before the lunch arrived. We filled in the time chatting and enjoying the wines selected by our host; a Rueda Verdejo called Optimus (€14.50) and the Toro called Matsu (€16).

 

The food arrived in canoe like dishes and without describing each of them they embraced chicken skewers, prawns with a medium spicy sauce, pork with delicious satay sauce, beef with tomato and ginger, fishcakes with soya sauce and Balinese meat balls and these were accompanied by boiled and fried rice as well as fried noodles.
In addition there were several cold dishes incorporating vegetables and fruit, including salad with peanut dressing, a spicy cucumber and vinegar dish, Tempeh tofu, fried coconut and peanuts and sweet and spicy fried potatoes.
Together with coffees our authentic Indonesian lunch cost €33 p.p.
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Feb 142014
 

HIMALAYA TANDOORI,      MORAIRA   965745459

 ★★★☆☆ 

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Himalaya Tandoori is an upmarket Nepalese restaurant located near the centre of Moraira between estate agents, elegant clothes shops and banks on the coast road heading towards Calpe. The restaurant is chic but not particularly atmospheric.

The menu del día is not cheap at €17.50 not including wine, but to be fair the food is of a high standard. For this price one can select any starter, main course, rice and naam bread from the extensive menu as well as either ice cream or coffee. Also their house wines are competitively priced at €10.50.DSC00249

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Most of us chose the mixed starter which comprised of a spring roll and four other Nepalese specialities. Other starters chosen were King Prawn tandoori, Samosa and Seekh Kebabs.Everyone was happy.DSC00246

 

The main courses selected were Chicken Madras, Lamb Roganjosh, Lamb Korma, a mixed grill that included king prawns and a Kashmiri king prawn curry that was a bit on the mild side.

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The house wines were Las Campanas Chardonnay and Viura from Navarra and a Rioja Crianza from the Campo Viejo stable, both enjoyable. Our tasty Nepalese lunch cost €28.40 p.p. 

 

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Jun 142013
 

MESON EL REFUGIO    MORAIRA   965744774

 ★★☆☆☆ 

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Meson El Refugio is a long established restaurant in Moraira and the last time our club lunched here was in 2005. It is part of Grupo Canor that has two other restaurants in Moraira, (Gemisant and La Senieta being the other two), and is located on Calle Almacenes no.5 in the old town which is a street just up from the waterfront.

 

The design of the outside of the restaurant is functional without being particularly attractive and the inside is similar in style.

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The menu del día is great value at €11 including three courses and a half bottle of wine.

The choice of starters included entremesas- a selection of cooked meats and cheeses, gaspacho, salad or pelotas – meat balls cooked in a cabbage leaf. DSC01036

 

The main courses were grilled liver, escalope of pork or grilled sardines. The food was fine although the presentation was rather basic.

 

The house wines were Albadia del Roble from La Mancha and the white Montesierra from Somantano, both pleasant and reasonably priced at €7.50, although they were included in the price of our menu del día. Our host decided to up the ante and we enjoyed a Rueda Verdejo called Menade (€14) and a 2009 Rioja Crianza called Lagunilla.

Desserts consisted of tiramisu, ice cream, flan, crème catalan or mousse au chocolate. As we had a number of guests in our group from Yorkshire, this proved to be one of the noisiest lunches we have had recently. Price p.p including coffees and brandy was €19.72.

 

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