May 032019
 
L´ALMASSERA,               TORMOS       653939289

 ★★★☆☆ 

Impressed in Tormos

Tormos is a small village situated on the CV 715 between Orba and Pego. At Calle San Antonio 21, in the Ayuntamiento building, the former village cooperative olive mill (Almàssera in Valenciano) has been pressed into service by the town hall as a restaurant and appears to serve as a delightfully untidy, but interesting social centre of sorts for the locals, complete with the usual high decibel ambient noise.

The restaurant boasts a south facing covered terrace which affords great views of the countryside. The unpretentious décor indoors includes bric á brac of the former olive press business.

 

Whether you eat inside or out, there is an extensive and reasonably priced menu and a wide selection of tapas.

The menu del día ranges from €8.50 to €15, depending on your choice of main course. The menu includes a half bottle of wine or a beer, as well as dessert or coffee.

Our group chose cocktail de gambas, grilled goat´s cheese, wild mushroom cocktail and a home-made chicken soup. All good.

 

 

For main course we had a very generous portion of liver and onions, grilled sole and grilled pork. The approval level was reflected by the empty plates.

Our host decided to go with the house wines – both called Alcanta so unsurprisingly from Alicante. The red was 12.5% and the white 11% and acceptable for house wine.

We concluded our enjoyable, unpretentious lunch with coffees and copas or chopitas of brandy resulting in a modest cost of just €14.21 p.p.

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Jan 042019
 
SIETE LUNAS,              CALPE     965034129

 ★★★★☆ 

A shining sun

Carrer Dr. Fleming is at the edge of the centre of Calpe, quite close to Avenida Gabriel Míro and there are lots of restaurants in this area.

Siete Lunas is located at no. 7 on the Carrer and is a modern style restaurant, which is much larger on the inside than it appears to be on the  outside. Siete Lunas is run by a friendly Dutch/German couple and has a pleasant ambiance.

 

There are two menus del día on offer: menu Siete Lunas priced at €20.75 and menu Gourmet priced at €30. Both menus offer a wide choice of starters, main courses and desserts.

 

 

 

We ordered Atun ahomado, French onion soup and Hojaldre Mariscos for our starters and all were very tasty.

 

 

 

 

Our host chose a lovely Rioja to accompany our meal from Ramon de Bilbao (€23.75)

For our main courses we had Babi Ketjap, Hojaldre with wild mushrooms, and steak with red pepper sauce. One of our group found the Babi Ketjap a bit salty but otherwise everyone else was very pleased with their choice.

 

 

 

 

 

Two of us had Siete Lunas coffee for dessert, the rest of us had coffee and brandies and this very pleasant lunch cost €34.43 p.p.

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Oct 132017
 
THE HOUSE AT TORMOS,      TORMOS      965587136

 ★★★★☆ 

Hidden gem

 

This a boutique hotel that also operates as a restaurant. It is located at 17 Calle San Luis Bertran in the town of Tormos but curiously there is no signage on the building to indicate what lies behind the large door at number 17.

 

On entering there is a delightful hall with a long refectory type table.

 

 

 

Further on there  is a walled garden where we enjoyed pre-lunch drinks.

 

 

The menu was priced at €25 and provided a choice of four dishes for each course. For starters the choice was tandoori chicken, Greek salad, and garlic or chilli prawns. All delicious.

 

 

The main course options were chicken à la king, baked fish, spinach and ricotta pasta or pan fried steak. Again all excellent.

 

Desserts ranged from Eton mess, orange cake with ice cream or cherry fool.

 

Included in the price of the meal was a glass of cava and a carafe of wine between two people. This is a great venue run by British owners and you have to book in advance as the lunches are only served to pre booked clients rather than passing trade.

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