Three stars seen from the Tower
Today we took our Friday lunch club back to its roots by seeking out a traditional Spanish Menu del dia restaurant with unpretentious local cuisine in a traditional village setting… Hence we returned to Alcalalí in the Vall de Pop, to visit the restaurant La Torre, housed in a an old townhouse right in the heart of village, next to the church.
We dined inside, but in summer you can dine ‘al fresco’ in the adjacent square, to soak up the Spanish atmosphere.. One is greeted by the owner Jaime Ferrer, who is very personable, speaks good English and displays a seasoned understanding of British tastes in both food and humour! The menus del dia displayed on a portable blackboard offer a very varied choice of typical Spanish dishes ranging from roast chicken (€10,80) to Entrecote steak (€21,00). Like many local restaurants, the choice of main course dictates the cost of the 3-course menu. On this occasion, 4 of us opted for the “mixto de tapas” as a starter, whilst one rebel member broke ranks and plumped for a very generous plate of melon with Jamon Serrano. Other temptations included gazpacho, paté with ‘tostadas’ and calamares.
The main courses were all good ‘honest’ Spanish dishes – no fancy designer brush strokes on today’s plates, the only streaks left on the plates were those left by the diner mopping up the last bit of the sauce with bread! The pork fillet in mushroom sauce was polished off by one member, leaving his plate forensically clean. Conejo ( rabbit) cooked in a mustard sauce was another members choice and was deemed ‘thumpin’ good. Despite its country location, La Torre always offers fresh fish dishes – Jaime particularly recommended the lenguado (sole) a la plancha, which turned out to be very fresh, thick and succulent -a pleasant change from some of the thin, elongated and rather dry specimens one can encounter. Your hosting member today selected fresh, ‘unfettered’ Calamari – 5 entire little squid, which were interestingly seasoned and very soft – delicioso!!
The desserts were home made and included a very colourful forest-fruit tart – a must try!
The house wines (Vinalopó 2015 red, and “Acanto” – sauvignon blanc 2014 white – half a bottle p.p. included) were above average; indeed none of us felt the need to go “off-piste” into the wine list. All the above is accompanied by the infamous bread and ali-oli (garlic mayonnaise) – its infamy stemming from its ability to offend, later in the day, the olfactory glands of the most stalwart, but absent partners!
Price per person on this occasion including drinks, came to €20.66 per person