Mar 232018
BAR L´ ESTUFA              PARCENT      966405236


Hunger staved at the Stove Bar


A welcome port of call on a rather unsettled March day, Bar L´Estufa is situated at Avenida de Alicante 13, which is on the corner opposite the renowned Restaurante L´Era in Parcent at the western end of the Vall del Pop. Bar L´Estufa is an unassuming Spanish restaurant with a substantial outdoor patio area in a courtyard at the rear.

They offer a tapas menu at €9.90 or three menus del día priced at €10, €12 or €14. Most of us opted for the €12 menu but we also experienced the tapas offer and the highest priced menu. The menus included bread, a half bottle of wine and dessert.

For starters we had a chicken salad that was more than enough for two. Other starters chosen were stuffed aubergines, mussels and a substantial fish soup.


Main courses selected were pork fillet cooked à la plancha and which was tender and succulent, and a generous entrecote. The house wines were from Utiel-Requena both branded Monumento and whilst a bit light were palatable.

There was a large choice of desserts to choose from and together with coffees and brandy our hearty lunch cost €15.26 p.p.

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Jun 092017
L´ERA,        PARCENT      966405298


 Valencian cuisine in vibrant surroundings



Eleven of us walked a little way into the charming village of Parcent, where we found L´Era , all Spanish pine and noise. The Friday crowd were cheerfully exuberant.  A quiet lunch was NOT on the menu.

But the menu del día itself was standard Valencian. As well as the usual bread and alioli,  the latter unfortunately supplied by a local supermarket, a selection of starters was paraded for our delight, including ensalada mixta,  higado de pollo (chicken liver – very tasty), meat balls,  jamon y queso, and a local speciality,  callos (tripe with a beautiful piquant sauce).


The main course was Paella which was priced at €11 per person and included chicken, rabbit, broad and runner beans. Unusually, the stock used to cook the rice contained a meat extract that gave the rice a distinctive flavour. This did not detract from the deliciously caramelised socarrat at the base of the dishes.


The house wines, complete with the L´Era label, came from nearby Jalon and complemented the rural, nay rustic, nature of the lunch. A half bottle per person was included in the price of the lunch.

Postres provided were a variety of the usual bought-in puddings – ice cream, almond or chocolate tart, or crème caramel.

Together with coffee and brandy, the total bill came to a reasonable €15.44 a head.

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May 222015
TRAMONTI,                   PARCENT                    966405184



Restaurante Tramonti is located on the edge of Parcent at the crossroads of the road from Jalon and Alcalali and the road to Tarbena. The restaurant has a south facing patio with wonderful views of the Coll de Rates and the Vall de Pop.
The menu del día varies in price according to one´s choice of main course, from €9.80 for chicken fillet to €16.50 for roast lamb. Most of our party chose this latter dish, the others opting for lenguado/sole (€13.50).









For starters we selected fresh salad, onion soup, egg mayonnaise and a refreshing and fruity seafood cocktail.



Our host provided a Rueda Verdejo called Vacceos and Marques del Puerto Rioja, both priced at €11.80, to accompany our lunch.
For desserts we enjoyed profiteroles and chocolate tart.




Together with coffees and brandies our reliable, middle of the road meal cost €25.64 p.p.
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Oct 172014
   LA PISCINA,            PARCENT        966405126


Al fresco under the pinesDSC00804


La Piscina is a long established family run restaurant on the site of the old municipal swimming pool for Parcent on the road to the Coll de Rates. Although the large dining area could double up as a museum for antique farming implements, everyone dines al fresco under the pines. A lone guitarist serenaded the lunchers.

The menu del día costs €13.20 and includes a half bottle of wine per person. There is a substantial array of cold meats and salads to select from for the first course. Indeed it would be possible to have a most enjoyable lunch from this buffet alone.DSC00806
The house wines were from La Mancha and both called Abadia del Roble. The white was pleasant enough but the red was a bit of a disappointment so our host traded up to a Ribero del Duero Crianza called Flumen Dorium which at €12 was a sound investment.
For our main course we chose lenguado/sole and jaboli/wild boar as it was in season. Curiously one of the wild boar dishes was perfect but the other a little on the dry side. The sole was good. To complete our lunch we selected homemade hazel nut mousse and pears in wine, both delicious.



La Piscina is a very genuine country restaurant that provided an enjoyable lunch experience for €18.77 p.p.


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