EL ELEFANTE, JAVEA 966460009
Un elefante elegante
Even an elephant can sometimes be difficult to find. El Elefante is located at Partida Capsades, 19, on the outskirts of Javea, set back about 100 metres on the left hand side on the road from Arenal heading towards the CV 740.
Normally this atmospheric restaurant serves lunch only on Sundays, but if asked they are willing to accommodate groups on other days. Besides our club there were two other tables of diners present.
The menu costs €17 for three courses including a half bottle of wine. Each course has four dishes to select from and for starters we chose mussels Thai style – cooked in coconut, ginger and coriander, crispy black pudding with bacon and caramelized onion and chorizo cream, and finally butternut, orange and ginger soup. The first two starters were particularly good and soup less so.
For main course we tried hearty spiced beef pie with onion and vegetable; the pie could have been a bit spicier. The other dish chosen was very tender pork medallions with glazed apple and calvados sauce.
Some of us opted for a platter of Cheddar and Brie instead of dessert and the others for Baileys banana trifle and an apple and blackberry crumble with vanilla ice cream. All good.
Our menu was tasty and of good quality however the consensus view was that the dishes were served warm rather than hot. The house wines from Alicante were acceptable and branded Monte Segre. Our host decided to splash out on a bottle of the Rioja Marques de Puerto Reserva 2007 (€25) which more than compensated for the temperature of the food.
Together with coffees and brandy our enjoyable afternoon cost €32 p.p.