Jul 132012
 
LA SOLANA    ALCALALI   966482140

 ★★★★☆ 

Generous portions

The town of Alcalali in the Val de Pop is home to many long established restaurants, the largest of them being La Solana. We originally picked a table on the shaded patio, but the sultry heat drove us indoors to the comfort of the air conditioned dining room.

The menu del día is priced according to the main course selected and ranges from €9.50 for roast chicken up to €18.50 for lamb cutlets.

For starters we selected an artistically presented salad, grilled sardines, shrimp cocktail and entremesas, a substantial selection of meats that was large enough to have been the main course.

Most of us chose the 40 cm long grilled sole (€17) for our main course and it was deliciously fresh. The other dishes selected were grilled swordfish (€15), roast lamb (€ 15.50) and lamb cutlets (€18.50). A selection of vegetables complemented these dishes and it has to be said that La Solana´s portions are most generous.

The desserts included the usual suspects – ice cream, flan, fresh pineapple etc. La Solana´s house wine is priced at €3.50 but we decided to play safe and chose a Rueda Verdejo called 912 de Altitud (€6) which was a bit too fruity, so was replaced by a drier Chardonnay.

The red, Hoya de Cadenas Reserva 2007 from Utiel Requena and priced at just €7.50 was a triumph and our host had to reorder rather more often than usual to satisfy the demand.

Our Chilean server brought coffees and brandies to complete this convivial lunch which cost €23.75 p.p.

PD 76                               

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