D is for Dracula…..
Avenida del Puerto consists of a long line of restaurants and bars in the port area of Calpe. At the bottom of this street that leads to the Port is the busiest restaurant, a piece of Romania dramatically named Dracula. The décor in the patio area includes a wall featuring Dracula’s castle, the lettering dripping with blood and inside the restaurant the bric-a-brac includes paintings of the Count framed by swords and further scenes of Transilvania.
Dracula’s clientele included Spanish, Romanians and northern Europeans and when we quizzed some of the regular lunchers as to the reason why Dracula was so popular, they advised that the host was always generous to his clientele and indeed this proved to be the case.
Dracula has three menus del día, priced at €10.50, €13.50 and €15.50 and most of us chose from the latter whereas one of our members went à la carte. Once we had made our selection our generous host brought us a plate of mussels to sample, on the house.
Our starter from the menu was prawn cocktail and our off piste member enjoyed a plate of scrambled eggs and gambas, which we washed down with the pleasant house white from Cariñena called Castillo Ducay (€9).
The à la carte main course was lamb cutlets, slightly overcooked, and from the menu we were presented with a substantial moist pork knuckle cooked with beans or with fries and fresh salad –both good. These dishes were accompanied by a Rioja Crianza called Lozaniel (€9).
We decided on coffees rather than desserts and again our host lived up to his reputation for generosity by providing free Romanian grappa and brandies to finish off a quirky but enjoyable experience. Cost p.p. €27.