PIZZERIA L´ORENGA, BENISSA

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Sep 182020
 

PIZZERIA L´ORENGA                    BENISSA          965731679

 ★★☆☆☆ 

Soulless

This Pizzeria is located on Avenida L´Alcudia 20. It is to the east of Benissa´s main street. When we arrived we were the only customers and as there were very few lights switched on the restaurant had a rather gloomy atmosphere.

The menu del día was priced at a competitive €13. For starters most of us had smoked salmon salad whilst two of us enjoyed milhojes de tomate with queso de Burgos, essentially sliced raw tomato with cheese.

 

For wines our host selected the well respected Verdejo called Verdeo (€12) and a Ribero del Duero called Carramimbre (€14.90) and both were most enjoyable. Our main courses included Pizza Hawaii and a Pizza Peperoni, both good. Some of us opted for Spaghetti with gambas; the pasta was tasty but there were only two shrimps accompanying it.

     

Overall good food and drink let down by the lack of atmosphere. Our lunch, including coffees and brandies cost €21.31

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 L´OM,  PEGO

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Sep 112020
 

L´OM,                PEGO          965571215

 ★★★★☆ 

The Pick of Pego

 

This restaurant is located in a beautiful courtyard at 18. Calle Ramon & Cajal. There is an indoor restaurant as well around the courtyard which at one time was part of a street called Calle del Olmo. Olmo is Spanish for Elm and as there was an Elm tree there at one time this lead to the restaurant being named L´om. Nothing to do with Lombardy.

The setting is absolutely stunning and L´om has a menu del día priced at €12.50 but does not include any drinks.

We started with a flavoursome salad and our host selected a couple of great wines to accompany our meal. These were a Rueda called Jose Pariente (€19) and the famous Muga Rioja (€23), both delicious.

                    

Our starters included a pasta salad with shrimps and mussels, Cocas and Fideua and were all very much appreciated.  For main course we had pork cutlets which were rather disappointing and chewy.

                                    

However the overall atmosphere of L´om and the warm welcome and attention of our hostess Marie José, ensured we had a memorable and enjoyable lunch costing €26.96.

           

 

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MARE, BENIDOLEIG

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Sep 042020
 

MARE,                  BENIDOLEIG        615092515

 ★★★☆☆ 

Focus on fish

Mare is a recently opened fish restaurant located at plaça diputació in Benidoleig. The style inside is elegant and modern and when we lunched there, every available table was fully occupied. The noise level rose as our lunch went on due in part to the echo of Spanish voices around the room.

There are two menus del día on offer priced at €20.70 and €35.70; we all decided to splash out and go for the pricier option. This entitled us to 10 courses which focussed on fish dishes but included sobrasada, a Majorcan spicy pork sausage, a plate of very colourful mushrooms and wonderfully flavoured tomatoes swimming in olive oil.

Our host selected two local wines to accompany lunch, the white was from Jesus Pobre and called Les Freses (€17.20) and the red, Del Moro from Requena (€16.80). Most of us preferred the red.

  

The fish platters started with sepia or cuttlefish which could have been a bit warmer and less chewy. This was followed by the iconic and very expensive Denia red prawn, which lived up to its reputation.  Finally we tucked into rape or monkfish, one of which had to be sent back to the kitchen as it was undercooked.

There was an excellent almond cake for dessert. Complete with coffees our noisy fishy lunch in Benidoleig cost a hefty €51.07.

 

 

 

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CASA CATY, JALON

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Jul 312020
 

CASA CATY         JALON          660832838

 ★★★★☆ 

  Still going strong

 Casa Caty, located on the north side of Plaza Las Ocas in the centre of Jalon, has been operating for many years. Indeed our club lunched here four years ago.

The menu del día offers a choice of two starters and several main courses which dictate the price of lunch.

For starters the garlic prawns were absolutely stunning and the stuffed peppers were tasty too.

 

We ordered the house wines to accompany our dishes and these were both from Navarra,  branded Finca del Fondo; a Chardonnay and a Tempranillo costing €11 each and very pleasant in the mouth.

 

Our main dishes were lamb with honey (€11), a very tender lenguado or cod (€13), a not very tasty swordfish (€12) and a fabulous duck cooked with red fruits (€14). This enjoyable lunch cost €22.16 p.p. and was well worth it.

 

 

     

 

 

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RESTAURANTE LA CALMA, DENIA

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Jul 242020
 

RESTAURANTE LA CALMA,       DENIA        966288587

 ★★★☆☆ 

Lunch by the beach

     

La Calma is a modern elegant restaurant overlooking the beach on the Denia costa. The address is 14 Calle del riu Alcora which is about 15 minutes drive up the coast from the centre of Denia, due north of Els Poblets.

The restaurant was refurbished in 2018 in a black and white theme. There are extensive toldos outside so that diners are well protected from the sun whilst eating lunch and enjoying watching the bathers.

There is no menu del día so consequently the price of lunch can be substantial.

Our starters included a delicious gambon crujiente, steamed mussels, tough calmares, and ceviche de lubina. For main course we selected fideua (€15 per portion), sirloin steak, one of which was chewy (€19 each) and a tasty Angus hamburger (€14).

     

   

The wines accompanying the dishes were most enjoyable and both priced at €12, a Rueda Verdejo called Canto Real and the red, Laderas de Unx from Navarra.

This was an enjoyable, but pricey, lunch at €42.81 p.p.

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THE KATHMANDU, MORAIRA

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Jul 172020
 

THE KATHMANDU                   MORAIRA                   966492436

 ★★★☆☆ 

Delicious Nepalese cuisine

 The Kathmandu, on the coast road between Moraira and Calpe, has sister restaurants in Albir, Javea and Denia. The Moraira outlet serves wonderful Nepalese dishes.

Unlike most oriental restaurants no attempt has been made to decorate The Kathmandu with Nepalese furniture or bric-a-brac.

The menu del día is priced at €14.50 for three courses but no wine.

The starter course of five tapas was beautifully presented and included a delicious onion bhaji. For our main course we enjoyed Chicken Balti, Lamb Madras, Lamb Jalfraze, Prawn Madras and Chicken Tikka Kahari – all good.

                           

The house wines were Acantus, both from Valencia, a Sauvignon Blanc (11.5%) and a Tempranillo Cabernet Sauvignon (12.5%) priced at €9.95.

Our spicey lunch cost €29.16 p.p.

 

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RTE. EL PROGRÉS, PARCENT

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Jul 102020
 

RTE. EL PROGRÉS                             PARCENT                           966405315

 ★★★☆☆ 

Making progress

                                                         

We last had lunch in this restaurant over six years ago. One has the choice of dining indoors, in a theatre, complete with stage, but as the weather was clement we decided to go onto the substantial terrace outside looking onto the impressive mountains to the south.

El Progrés is owned by a Cooperative and offers substantial lunches and tremendous value. The menu del día costs €9 for two courses and a half bottle of wine.

For starters we selected gazpacho, higado, Russian salad and calamar rings that were cooked to perfection and not at all rubbery as they so often are. The main courses were a somewhat dry swordfish dish and pork cutlets.

 

The wines accompanying the food were both from Utiel Requeno and branded Sierra Salino. They were a bit underpowered at just 12% and our host kindly traded up the red to a Cune 2016 (€12). Most of us had profiteroles or ice cream for dessert and followed these with coffee and brandy.

The total cost p.p. of this substantial lunch was €16.23 and El Progrés moved up from two stars to three.

 

 

 

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EL PEON DE PINOS

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Jul 032020
 

EL PEON DE PINOS           PINOS, BENISSA           629655035

 ★★★☆☆ 

Third lunch and good as ever

Our club has lunched at El Peón de Pinos on three occasions now; in May 2009, June 2014 and on July 3 this year. Actually if you read our review from 2014 almost nothing has changed over the last six years. 

On this occasion the weather was unusually cloudy and even a bit wet and the spectacular Sierra Bernia could not be seen because it was enveloped in cloud. But this did not dampen our enjoyable lunch in this family run restaurant one iota.

Although El Peón de Pinos is renowned for its wonderful paellas, we decided to try their tapas menu and we were not disappointed. The tapas range in price from €2 for brochetas  to €8 for gambas a la plancha but our selection was priced at just €3.50 for each dish.

The best of the tapas we selected were champiñones, alboñdigas and calamares romana and the least impressive hígado plancha. We had a total of seven tapas plus dessert and the food bill totalled €10 per person.

On the wine front the house white, Monte Segáriá from Alicante (€7) was not great, but the red, Faustino VII Rioja (€10) was most pleasant. Our drinks bill matched the food and so the total amounted to €20 per person on the wonderful, if a bit damp and cloudy day in July, up in the mountains overlooking Calpe.

 

 

 

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BAR FRAU, BENISSA

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Jun 212020
 

BAR FRAU                BENISSA                 966113307

 ★★☆☆☆ 

Fast service, good food, great value, but noisy….

Since our last lunch in Bar Frau three years ago the price of the menu del día has dropped from €9 to €8 including a half bottle of wine p.p. – incredible value for four courses. The ambiance of the restaurant leaves a lot to be desired and the acoustics are rather noisy. If you are in a hurry to be fed, as a lot of their clientele are, this is the place to be as the dishes arrive at a gallop.

We all had a fresh salad followed by cheese and pate, arroz a banda or gazpacho. All good. For main course we had secreto de cerdo and accompanied by a Rueda Verdejo and a Spanish red wine of unknown provenance. Together with standard desserts, coffees and brandy the cost of lunch was a remarkable €10.50 compared with €12 three years ago!

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TRAMONTI, PARCENT

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Jun 122020
 

TRAMONTI                                        PARCENT                        966405184

 ★★★☆☆ 

Reliable but …..

Our second lunch in Tramonti in five years and really not a lot has changed for the better. We awarded Tramonti 3 stars on both occasions.

The price of lunch is still dictated by the cost of the main course selected and the Roast Lamb Tramonti remains at €16.50 today compared with 6 years ago. However whereas the price has been stable, those of us that ordered this dish were disappointed to have send our plates back to the kitchen because they had been served cold.

It was interesting that the cost of lunch on this occasion was lower than 6 years ago at €21.34  compared with €25.64 p.p. However we would prefer to pay more for a better lunch.

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