Sep 222017
COLL DE RATES,         TARBENA           966445604


On top of the world!

Coll de Rates is located at km 30 on the CV 715 which is the road from the Vall de Pop towards Tárbena and ultimately down to the coast at Benidorm.



The views from this landmark restaurant are out of this world, taking in the towns and villages of the Vall de Pop including Parcent, Alcalali, Jalon and Llíber.



The cuisine is decidedly German/Austrian in flavour. As the weather was quite windy we chose to take lunch inside although there is a substantial terrace area to enjoy the views on more clement days.


There is no menu del día unfortunately so the cost of lunch can creep up, in our case to €33.47 p.p.

Some of our members selected fish for starters including delicious garlic prawns (€11.90) and mejillones  marinera (€9.90) whereas others opted for Bavarian white sausages (€8.80) or onion soup.

For main course most of our group chose from the selection of schnitzels (€13.50) as well as spare ribs and pork fillet. The portions served in the Coll de Rates are substantial and some “doggy bags” were required.






The wines served are from the improving Jalon cooperative under their Marnes brand (€11.90) and were quite acceptable. We concluded our enjoyable lunch in the skies with brandy and coffees.

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Sep 142012
CAN PINET   TARBENA   965884086


Meat feast in the mountains

The village of Tarbena is an interesting place to visit. The drive from the Jalon Valley over the Coll de Rates is spectacular and the village is high in the mountains overlooking Collosa and the coastline stretching down to Benidorm. Like many villages in the Marina Alta it was planted with farmers from Mallorca after the Moors were expelled from Spain at the beginning of the 17th century and it became a hotbed of Communism during the Spanish Civil War. There are two restaurants called Can Pinet in the village, both owned by the same family. The bar restaurant in the Plaza Major is a museum, in fact a veritable shrine to Communism, and well worth visiting, however we chose to have lunch in the restaurant at the top of the village on Calle Constitució.

There is a ceramic plaque on one of the walls that proclaims this Can Pinet is a Valencian Sanctuary and indeed they can be rightly proud of the substantial hearty  meals they serve up from the cast iron range in the middle of the restaurant.

There is a menu del día priced at just €10, but we chose to go à la carte.

We started with a fresh salad that included the usual ingredients of lettuce, tomatoes, olives and chunks of tuna but also pieces of cheese compacted with honey and candied fruit, all dripping in Balsamic dressing. Wonderful!

This was followed by two dishes of embutidos, grilled sausages and puddings served in a honey sauce. Delicious!

Finally to complete this meat feast we had large portions of Pork cutlets and shoulder of lamb, complete with baked potatoes.






Only one of our group managed to continue to the dessert stage and have a Crema Catalan.

We had the house red (€6.50) which went well with the meat and brought the cost of this memorable meal to €22 p.p.



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