MANDALA BEACH BAR, BENISSA 965747847
Pricey lunch on the Med
The Mandala Beach Bar is located in a small cove called Cala La Fustera on Benissa Costa between Moraira and Calpe. The setting is stunning and the food´s not bad either!
Our host had agreed a menu del día with the chef of Mandala whereby we had four starters and then we could choose a main course and a dessert. This menu was priced at €25 but did not include any drinks.
We settled into our comfortable surroundings overlooking the Mediterranean and had a beer to chill out. Our host selected an Albariño called La Caña (€21) and a Rioja called El Niño (€16) to accompany the lunch and both did so admirably.
On the food side, first up were two croquetas, the ham and cheese quite tasty, but the prawn version a bit bland. Thereafter we had a dish of Sepia or cuttlefish which was good. The fish theme continued with deep fried baby squid or chopitos, which were excellent. Finally we concluded with really fresh mussels.
For main course there was a choice of paella, grilled dorado or sea bream, or for meat lovers, an entrecote and everyone was satisfied with their choice. There were three desserts on offer: apple strudel, tiramisu and a nutty brownie – all good.
All in all a very enjoyable lunch in wonderful surroundings, however not by any means cheap. Together with our coffies and brandies the lunch cost a hefty €50.33 p.p.