LA CUMBRE, BENITACHELL 966493213
Cumbre del Sol is a vast urbanisation on a treeless mountainside situated above the town of Benitachell between Javea and Moraira. It commands stunning views over the Mediterranean, but other than the Pepe la Sal supermarket and the Restaurant La Cumbre, it is somewhat soulless. The restaurant itself is elegant and is located in a modern building with a swimming pool and terrace.
The menu del día is priced at €18 and includes bread and alioli, a selection of five tapas, sorbet with cava, main course, dessert and a half bottle of wine per person.The house wine, both white and red, is a very acceptable Conde de Caralt from Cataluyna.
The tapas were a mixed bag, most were delicious but the spring roll was particularly oily. The lemon sorbet that followed was distinctly lacking any lemon flavour.
Our main courses included a wonderful salmon papilotte and a tasty roast shoulder of lamb. The beef tournedo was tender but rather salty.
The desserts were enjoyable and included an unusual cold strawberry soup, chocolate cake and assorted ice creams. Our lunch totalled just over €24 p.p. including coffee and brandy. PH 73