REAL DE BERNIA, BERNIA (+34) 644036248
Over the hills…
Sierra Bernia is an impressive mountain range running from the Mediterranean coast just south of Calpe due West. It was this physical barrier that defined how far south Valenciano was to be spoken and where Castillion or Spanish became the official language.
The Real de Bernia restaurant recently opened for business & is located at km 11 on the Jalon to Pinos road. It is an uninspiring modern building but looks directly onto the towering wall that is Sierra Bernia.
There are three menus on offer, priced at €12, €15 and €18 and we chose from the first two. We shared a generous fresh salad, followed by some fried liver and a potato dish with a tasty sauce.
The €12 diners enjoyed a classic paella whereas the €15 members savoured a grilled rabbit dish that was pronounced “one of the best ever” and lamb cutlets, some of which were rather overcooked and therefore dry. We all had coffees rather than dessert.
We declined having a half bottle of the house wine each (from the dreaded Jalon Coop) and instead discovered that seriously good wines were on offer at bargain prices. The Protos Rueda cost just €8 and a Ribero del Duero roble 2009 called Obra was only €9.50. An enjoyable lunch with exceptional views for €20.75 p.p.