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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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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