REAL CLUB NAUTICO, CALPE (34) 965874860
When you walk into a restaurant and the waiters outnumber the guests, the warning signs are there, even in the pompously named Royal Nautical club of Calpe. The setting to be fair, is verging on spectacular, with the iconic Peñon de Ifach towering above the yacht club restaurant.
The weather was sunny and warm so we selected a table on the terrace to take in the view of flashy motor cruisers and expensive yachts rather than sit inside. The menu del día was priced at €16.50 including a half bottle of wine but offered no choice of starter or main course so selecting the wine was the only matter requiring a decision on our part.
An inoffensive Alicante white wine called Silene was selected and we had pan alioli whilst waiting for the first course. This was a tasty Pulpo à la Gallega, small slices of boiled Octopus garnished with paprika, rock salt & olive oil. Shortly after, a second starter of very fresh grilled sardines completed this part of the lunch.
Our main course was Cordon Bleu, which brought together rolled slices of veal, ham and cheese. This was tasty in itself but was only accompanied by chips, so our lunch was devoid of salad or any green vegetables.
There was a choice of desserts; uninspiring Flan or fresh unripe Melon.
This week was the commemoration of the centenary of the sinking of the Titanic; our lunch was memorable for the lack of choice and at the price of €17.16 p.p. was decidedly overpriced.