MAPAMUNDI, DENIA 966424872
Mapamundi is a long established restaurant run by a Dutch couple called Petra and Fred. It is located at Calle Rap No. 2, which is a side street off the main road running through Las Marinas, about one kilometre to the north of Denia. This area is a bit of surburban sprawl with lots of seaside apartments, supermarkets and restaurants just away from the sandy beach.
The restaurant itself probably started life as a bar, which still takes up about a third of the indoor space; then a terrace was added on, and although it still is a relatively small venue, the main thing is that the food is very good. There is a menu del día priced at €14 or a tapas menu priced at €14.75. We tried both, as well as going à la carte.
From the menu del día we selected a salad with baked brie and a sweet red berry sauce. This was followed up by turkey breast with orange sauce and salmon cooked in a white wine sauce. Both good.
The tapas lunchers enjoyed a selection of jamon, manchego cheese, calamares, boquerones, meatballs and potato salad. This was followed by gambas cooked in garlic and a wild boar stew.
The off piste lunchers all went for the gambas dish enjoyed by the tapas brigade and then devoured substantial racks of spare ribs. We accompanied our lunch with the house wines, the white a Rueda Verdejo called Musgo and the red a Yecla called Vinalopi, both priced at €9.95.
For dessert there was crunchy coated ice cream and the classic dame blanche, both quite decadent. Together with coffees and brandies our dutch treat cost €31.87 p.p.