Sep 292017
PISCINA DE ORBA,         ORBA          965583372


An Italian job in Orba

The Marina Alta offers a comprehensive panoply of ethnicities when it comes to lunching out and this time we decided to sample a slice of Italy.

Situated in Orba´s municipal sports park, this long established restaurant/pizzeria is owned and run by affable Marcelo whose culinary skills are matched by his Italian charm. The restaurant is vast and the décor pretty basic. There is a substantial terrace area for al fresco dining and that is where chose to lunch.



Although there was a limited €10 menu del da on offer our group all chose to go á la carte.



Among the appetising starters selected were mussels cooked in a piquant pepper sauce, melon with serrano ham, beef carpaccio and bresaola – a typical Italian speciality.


Our main course selections included spaghetti with a seafood sauce, fresh sea bass, veal escalope, Mexican style prawns, mixed grill, veal escalope and pizza carbonara.

The portions of all dishes were substantial and served simultaneously – a feat in itself and a tribute to the kitchen staff.

For wines our host selected a white called Airen and an unassuming red called Diego de Amagro, both from Valdepeñas and reasonably priced at just €4.

For desserts we enjoyed large profiteroles, cheesecake, tiramisu and chocolate and pear tart  along with other delights. The all in cost for this enjoyable lunch, just €23 p.p.

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May 192017

NEW INDIA GATE,  ORBA,         965 584 399    (e-mail: )


It’s not just the petrol that’s four star!


On the winding road down into Orba from the Jalon Valley there is a petrol station on the outskirts of the town. Not an auspicious place to have a rather impressive Indian restaurant – but don’t let looks deceive you. The un-prepossessing exterior gives way to a pleasant, airy restaurant where you will be greeted with enthusiasm and served with excellent food.






You can, if you are counting your centimos, have a basic Menu del Dia for just under ten euros, but if you want unrestricted access to the meat courses on offer, head for the €13.95  version. We opted for a €15 Menu del Dia which included half a bottle of wine per person. The wine turned out to be a very pleasant Bach – available in red and white. On a hot day we declined the soup and all chose poppadoms, with an interesting assortment of hot chilli, onion, mango and mint chutneys.

We then had a starter course consisting of a number of tasters, mostly in batter, and although these were not especially striking (and tended towards being dry) they set us up nicely for the main course. We each chose our own type of curry, based on either chicken, lamb or beef, and in each case we found the curry a delight. Those who wanted their curry hot, hot, hot were not disappointed.



Those who did not want to venture beyond a korma were left equally happy. The meal really was very good, and the waiter was quite splendid – whoever said that you cannot learn good English from watching TV shows?!

We generally dispensed with the pudding course in favour of coffee – supplemented by a small brandy, supplied on the house on account of the fact that there were eight of us in the party.

All in all a really pleasant meal. And when you realize that the restaurant will even come and get you and take you home afterwards (as long as you live within a 10k radius, and as long as they’re not fully booked already) you will appreciate how helpful they are. There is only one downside – the setting is next to a petrol station. But even that did not prevent one of our number noting that a nightingale was singing its heart out, loud enough to drown the sound of Indian music…..

The cost per head came to a not unreasonable €17.80

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Mar 242017
LES ARCADES,              ORBA     965088445


Outstanding value

It sometimes pays off to go down a backstreet to find a restaurant offering great value food and drink. This was certainly the case in Orba where our host brought us to No. 2 Calle Canonge Sendra which runs parallel to the main street.

From the outside Les Arcades looks like a modest local bar and curiously it does not display its name, but inside there is a small restaurant with a cosy atmosphere and given the cold weather, a welcoming log fire.

Les Arcades offers a menu del día for just €10 and this includes an amuse bouche, pan y alioli, three courses, a half bottle of house wine and coffee.

There are five options for each course. The amuse bouche was a plate of delicious fried mushrooms. Our host decided against the house wine and instead selected a Rueda Verdejo called Castillo de Aza and a Ribero del Duero called Lelón both priced at just €7!

For our first course we selected entremeses, onion soup and a rustic pate. All good.

The main courses selected were roast pork, roast chicken and merluza à la romana. All really fresh and tasty.

Desserts were apple strudel with cream, profiteroles and strudel with ice cream. Delicious.


Our pleasant lunch was completed with coffees and brandy, all for a remarkable €17.33 p.p.

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Jan 192016
AWRABA,             ORBA                  686427901


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Awraba is the Moorish name for Orba and indeed the interior of the restaurant has a Moorish feel about it.

Our lunch club last visited Awraba six years ago when it was run by English ex-pats. It now has Spanish owners and they offer a competitively priced menu del día at €10, including drinks.


Walking down Calle Mayor, Awraba is located at No. 32 and it blends into the streetscape; however on entering the restaurant one is impressed by the atmosphere, generated by high vaulted ceilings.
We started with an honest vegetable soup and a stew of beans and fish. Although wine is included in the €10 menu price, our host decided to trade up and selected a Rueda called Habla de la Tierre (€8).



Our main courses were pork fillet with a delicious creamy pepper sauce, chicken fillet and a moist tuna steak all served with a skewer of peppers, rice and a side dish of fries. We moved onto a Rioja again modestly priced at just €11.
For dessert we chose tarta de chocolate and fresh melon. Together with coffee and brandy this enjoyable, unfancy, genuine lunch cost €19.50 p.p.

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Oct 302015
EL QUIJOTE,                  ORBA                  654872338


What a feast!ROMAN WELL 007

El Quijote is located at Partida Plans, No.10 which is on the outskirts of Orba on the road to Benidoleig.


It is decorated both inside and out with murals of Don Quijote.



When we arrived the main dining room was packed with Dutch and British lunchers and we were shown to a table in an annex with a maritime theme.

The menu del día is exceptional value, costing just €12, including a half bottle of house wine. There are some 20 starters and about the same number of main courses to choose from. Before we commenced with the meals we had ordered, we were presented with three tapas on the house.ROMAN WELL 024

For our starters we had moules mariniere and a Rioja dish of chickpea and sausage. However these were modest compared with the “patatas a lo pobre” which was a plate piled high with potatoes, fried eggs, rashers and ham; enough for most people for a main course.ROMAN WELL 010

The house wines, both priced at a modest €6, were a Ruedo Verdejo called Saga and a very pleasant Vino de la Tierra de Castilla called Batuta.
For main course we tucked into a beef stew, pork tenderloin with two different sauces and fritura de pescados.


As with the earlier courses there was a lengthy list of desserts to choose from and we had apple tart with ice cream, a crepe stuffed with cream and smothered in chocolate sauce, coco pudding and a sorbet – all homemade and delicious. these were followed by coffees and a selection of digestifs -all on the house!ROMAN WELL 022

There was a great atmosphere in El Quijote, partly because it was packed with happy lunchers, but also the furniture and rustic décor added to the enjoyment. ROMAN WELL 026

Probably because it was so busy the service was occasionally on the slow side, but in terms of value for money El Quijote will be hard to surpass. Cost p.p. €16.27
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Apr 262013
CAL MORELL    ORBA   965584000


Better in Orbeta   



Cal Morell is not the easiest of restaurants to find, but it is definitely worth the effort. It is located in a backstreet of Orba called Calle d´Enmig on the south eastern side of the town in an area known as Orbeta.

The restaurant is quite rustic in appearance with whitewashed walls and nooks and crannies providing intimate dining possibilities. DSC00928

The menu del día is priced according to the main course selected and ranges from €14.50 to €19.50, not including wine.


There were three obligatory starters to enjoy, the first was a Valencian salad using really fresh vegetables of the season. This was followed by a Timbal de Verduras which consisted of aubergine, cheese and tomato wrapped in strips of courgette. Finally a local dish called Berenai de Pasqua which was a small stew of lamb and pulses.DSC00920


For our main courses, each one priced at €18.50, we had wonderfully tender medallions  of beef, oven baked beef cheek and a slightly dry duck with a delicious bitter apple salsa.  


Desserts were all home made a beautifully presented; caramelized apple with ice cream, chocolate mousse and a pumpkin and chocolate cake.


Our host did not hold back on the wines and we enjoyed a Rueda Verdejo called Mantell (€13.00) and a powerful 2009 Ribero del Duero called Teófilo Reyes (€23.00). Together with coffees and brandy our enjoyable lunch cost €34.57 p.p.


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