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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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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