Nov 182016
 
BROU,       PEDREGUER      965761173

 ★★★★☆ 

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After aperitifs in the Musical Bar (owned by the local band in Pedreguer), we made a stroll to Brau which is located on Carrer Cova Santa 2. The restaurant serves a menu del día at lunchtime and tapas in the evening.

The price of the menu is determined by the main course selected and ranges from €16 to €19, not including drinks.dsc01543

We started with two tapas –ensalada de roast beef with a tartar sauce and sardines with aubergine on a crepe base. Both delicious.

For main course we all selected meat dishes although a cod option was available. The Rabo de Toro was cooked to a turn and as good as we have tasted. The entrecote was also highly appreciated and plentiful.

The wines selected by our host were a white Muga 2015 (€16) and Bobal en Calma (€14) for our red.

For dessert the group split between Turron with crème brulée sauce and a mix of chocolate “goodies”. A worthy culmination to an excellent meal.

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Our thanks to our attentive hostess Leo for whom nothing was too much trouble. Brou has all the attributes to be sustainable success, but you need to find it! It is well worth the effort.

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Sep 092016
 
RESTAURANTE PITONS,  PEDREGUER   654872338

 ★★★★★ 


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Restaurante Pitons is located on the road between Pedreguer and Benidoleig at Partida Campell 14. It was formerly based in Orba where it operated under the name of El Quijote, but has now moved to larger premises with plenty of parking spots.dsc01277

 

Former customers of El Quijote will recognise many of the rustic pieces of furniture in the new surroundings and there is a substantial terrace for al fresco dining.dsc01276

The menu del día still costs just €12 including a half bottle of house wine which is exceptional value. The wines were from La Mancha and called Carlades.

First up were a selection of tapas on the house – croquetas, cocas, and cheese and jamon on slices of bread.

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The starters that we ordered then arrived, a spectacularly presented langoustines and fresh pineapple, avocado with prawns and the famous patatas a lo pobre – a substantial plate of bacon, eggs and sautéed potatoes.dsc01282

 

 

Moving on to our main course we indulged chicken smothered in a delicious mustard sauce, chicken with an excellent spicy sauce and a huge churrasco de ternera.

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We rounded off the lunch with almond tart and ice cream and then indulged in the selection  of digestifs which amazingly were also included in the price of the menu del día.

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Feb 262016
 
LA TARDOR,                 PEDREGUER              660418192

 ★★★☆☆ 

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La Tardor is a good value, unpretentious restaurant that was the type of venue that our club sought when we started out.

 

It is located on the corner of Calle Mestre Serrano 29, a typical backstreet in Pedreguer.TARDOR 001
The décor is plain, almost stark, but the welcome is warm and the cuisine is honest and exceptional value. The menu del día costs just €9 including a dessert, coffee and a drink.TARDOR 012

 

We started with a fresh salad and this was followed by a selection of four tapas.TARDOR 004
Our hosted ignored the house wine and instead selected a flavoursome Rioja called Raiza (€12).
For main course we had a rice dish called Arroz Senyoret, breast of chicken with a mushroom sauce and grilled beef steak. All enjoyable.TARDOR 008

 

Our desserts were three chocolates tart and a banana tart, both made on the premises.

The La Tardor staff deserve special mention for their friendliness and must be part of the reason that the restaurant attracts a mixture of Spanish locals and foreigners of many nationalities.
Cost of this unfussy, enjoyable lunch was a modest €14.90 p.p.

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Apr 182014
 

ARMELL,    PEDREGUER      965760898

 ★★☆☆☆ 

Harmless

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Located between Pedreguer and LaXara at Partida Albardenera 58, this restaurant was probably originally an oasis in the countryside, but holiday homes have encroached the groves of Almond trees and the area is now quite suburban.

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Armell has pleasant rustic dining areas inside the restaurant but the outside terrace where we were directed to was not particularly inspiring, with white plastic tables and chairs under the cover of a corrugated roof.

DSC00373There are two menus del día priced at €10.50 for fish and €13.50 for meat.  We started with a selection of tapas –shrimps, spring rolls, a very vinegary salpicon and delicious peppers stuffed with crab. One of our group had the soup of the day, a disappointing thin affair with some stringy noodles. The salad was composed of large chunks of vegetables.

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The wine chosen by our host was not available so we had to settle for a Verdejo Rueda and a very young Ribero del Duero, both branded Sitial and priced at €8.

For main course we had calamares a la romana which were very fresh and moist. The chuletas de cordero were pronounced good but the pork fillet was dry. The desserts were all bought in rather than homemade.

Total p.p. including coffees and brandy amounted to 19.76

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Apr 042014
 

LOS ARCOS,    PEDREGUER     965760036

 ★☆☆☆☆ 

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Cheap if not very cheerful

Los Arcos is primarily a venue for hosting large wedding receptions and the like. It is located on the busy N332 at km 194, on the left hand side of the road travelling north towards Ondara. It is opposite Restaurant Tasca la Sella.

The free standing building is vast and when we were there for lunch more than half of the salon had been partitioned off; even so it still had the intimacy of a barn. A large flat screen television provided diners with the news in Valenciano.DSC00350

Our server listed off the menu del día, which was priced at the bargain amount of just €10 for pan & alioli, salad, a choice of three starters, main courses and desserts as well as a glass of the house wine.

Most of us selected a lukewarm dish of green beans with specks of ham for our starter. Other options were spaghetti or vegetable soup.DSC00342

For main course we tried all three options: pork fillet, roast chicken and a salmon steak that was tasteless and not very warm.

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Finally for dessert the tarta de crema was declared to be boring although the pumpkin tart was pleasant.DSC00346

Our host kindly decided to trade up from the house wine which allegedly came from Castillo and instead we enjoyed Montesierra Crianza (€10) from Somontano.

Including coffees and brandies, the cost p.p. for this “memorable” lunch was €16.31  

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Feb 072014
 

TASCA LA SELLA,     PEDREGUER   965761302

 ★★★☆☆ 

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The N332 road is the unlikely location for this Bulgarian restaurante museo. It is to be found at km196 outside Pedreguer, heading towards Ondara, set back on the right side of the road. There is a car park and terrace in front of the restaurant, but on entering Tasca La Sella, one is transported into a veritable museum of rustic implements and tools in numerous rooms, nooks and crannies.

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There are four menus on offer ranging between €9.50 for three courses but no drinks, to €14.90 and €18.90; most of us however selected a Bulgarian menu priced at €14.50 comprising three courses, bread and a half bottle of wine.

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From the basic menu our colleague chose the fish soup with gambas, which turned to be a bit on the salty side. The Bulgarian starter selected was a very substantial shepherd’s salad smothered by a blanket of feta type cheese.

For main course the selected dishes were beef and potato stew and for the Bulgarians a huge mixed grill, followed by not so Bulgarian chocolate brownies and ice cream.DSC00228

On the wine front we started with a Chardonnay from the Felix Solis stable and moved on to a red wine from Extremadura with the intriguing name Habla del Silencio…   

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Together with coffees and brandies our enjoyable lunch amounted to €23.25 p.p.

 

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May 182012
 
CAL BLANC,  PEDREGUER    965760369

A  hidden Gem

 ★★★★★ 

If there was a competition for the most difficult restaurant to find, Cal Blanc would certainly be a strong contestant. We needed a GPS to locate 2 Cova Santa in the rabbit warren maze of streets that is Pedredguer. The search was however definitely worthwhile and we were rewarded with a sublime lunch.

The restaurant is elegant, contemporary and stylish. Cool jazz was playing quietly in the background as we studied the menu del día which was priced at €16, including a half bottle of house wine.

Three starters were served to everyone –a bite sized portion of goat´s cheese, a champagne glass filled with tiny fried fish and finally Andalucian gazpacho. All titillating and tasty.

The choice of main course was pork sirloin cooked with a mustard sauce, grilled tuna or Fideua. We chose the first two and they were served on a slab of black slate, which looked wonderful but had the effect of cooling the food quicker than if served on a preheated plate. The chef had run a diagonal line of spices across each slate, which was both artistic and practical.

The desserts were all home made and the choice was a chocolate brownie, an apple strudel with ice cream or goat´s cheese flan.

The house wines complemented the cuisine. The white was a Chardonnay called Fontana Mesta from Uclés and the red, an Alicante Monastrell called Sierras Salinas Mo. We completed our lunch with coffees and brandies which edged the price of this gastronomic experience up to €21.72 p.p.

 

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