DARSENA, ALTEA. (+34) 96 688 1186
Rushin’ here, Russian there..
We took the train from Benissa for a 30 minute trip to travel down the coast through spectacular scenery, to Altea, to have lunch in a Russian restaurant.
Darsena is one of many seafront restaurants on the Paseo Sant Pere, a few minutes walk from the train station. They offer both Russian and typical Mediterranean menus at €14.95 and we selected dishes from both.
Most of us chose a soup of fish fillets spiced up with dill, fennel and a shot of rather sweet vodka, from the Russian menu. Regular diners at the next table opined that pepper vodka should have accompanied this dish.
Our conservative diner had a prawn cocktail, followed by lamb chops. Another club member tucked into a substantial sole for his main course whereas the bravest of us opted for portions of chicken Kiev laden with garlic.
We completed our lunch with apple tart with vanilla ice cream or coffee.
We chose the house wines – the white was called Ladero and came from La Mancha and the red was a tempranillo from Tierra de Castilla called Batuta. One would have to say that the train trip was the highlight of this lunch. Total p.p. €19.72