Mar 292013
 
L´ALMACERA,   TEULADA    965741214

 ★★☆☆☆ 

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L´Almacera is in an attractive old rustic building that originally housed the Oil Press for the town of Teulada. The restaurant is set back from the roundabout at the bottom of the main street at Cami Benarrix and has parking directly in front.

Inside, the restaurant is full of nooks and crannies and is decorated with ancient farm implements.

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The menu del dia is priced at €8.95 for a two course meal or €11.95 for three and includes a glass of house wine with the former and a half bottle with the latter. The Club last dined here almost five years ago and the dishes offered on the menu were virtually unchanged. Our server was friendly and referred to our somewhat startled host as “Honey”.

We started with seafood crepes and two of us had deep fried brie with red berry sauce prompting our friendly server to comment “2 bries or not 2 bries”. Our host decided not to risk the house white and so we had El Coto Rioja white (€15) because there was no Verdejo Rueda in stock.

For our main course we had rib eye steak with mushroom or pepper sauce and tough dry pork loin with black pudding.

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The vegetables were colourful but almost certainly from the frozen section of a nearby British supermarket.

In fact the whole experience in L´Almacera was British and our lunch was dominated by a nearby table where about a dozen very entertaining diners, who could have been from the set of EastEnders, discussed a wide range of topics and current affairs.

For dessert we had chocolate mousse and sherry trifle.

Our intrepid host provided us with Altos de Tamaron, a Pagos del Rey Ribero del Duero (€15) and along with coffees and Brandy our noisy lunch cost €27.25 p.p.

 

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Nov 182011
 
LA POLENTA, TEULADA    965741423  (now closed).

 ★★☆☆☆ 

Going, going, gone!

No matter how good the food is, it´s difficult to enjoy a meal in a large empty restaurant such as La Polenta, at 38 Avenida Mediterraneo, the main street running through Teulada.

The barn-like restaurant has an attractive patio in the rear but the inclement November weather confined us to indoors.

Florin, our Romanian Maitre D´, ran us through the €9 menu del dia and most of us selected either the well presented, but rather bland house pâté, or the vegetable soup which curiously had pieces of chicken in it.

For main course we selected either Monkfish or a tasty Risotto dish. There was no meat dish available on the menu del diá but La Polenta has a second menu where, for €6 each dish, one could select from a range of salads, pizzas or pastas, so some of our team worked off this menu and were pleased they did. Finally our carnivorous diner went á la carte and had magret de pato/canard.

For dessert most of us played safe and had ice cream, but a crepes dish had to be sent back because the chef had omitted to cook it.

Perhaps it was the gloomy weather, but our drinks bill was greater than the food bill and included the house white and red wine, both from Valdepeñas and called Diego del Almagro, a pricey Ribero del Duero called Camino de Castilla, as well as coffees to accompany some 103 brandy. This brought the total cost p.p. to €26.83.

JLB 60   (N.B. This restaurant closed December 2011)

 

Jun 012011
 
Las VegasLAS VEGAS, TEULADA. (+34) 96 574 0341
 

 ★★☆☆☆ 

A gamble which didn’t quite come off….

Las Vegas was one of the first restaurants reviewed by the FLC almost four years ago. During those boom times there were three menus del dia priced at €10, €12 & €15. The most expensive menu featured lobster or entrecote. That was then, but with the recession continuing to bite there is now just one menu which is priced at €12. One thing that had not changed since our last visit was the annoying practice of the management to segregate their customers, with the Spanish to the front and the Foreigners in the rather gloomy rear of the restaurant.

We started our meal with a generous prawn cocktail & a dish of steamed mussels.

For main course we selected Pork chops, Cordon bleu with salsa & Calamares a la romano –all acceptable but not exceptional.

The wines were Castillo de Liria white from Valencia & a red Tierra de Castilla called Nazares. All in all an ok lunch which cost €14.68 p.p.

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