Nov 022018
 
TAURINO,             ONDARA      966491251

 ★★★★☆ 

Great lunch, no bull

Restaurante Taurino is to be found on Avenida Dr Fleming 42, in Ondara just down the street from the iconic Bullring. From the outside Taurino is rather nondescript but inside it is a warm cosy venue run by Bolivians.

There are four menus del día ranging in price from just €11 to €22. There is a choice of eight starters and our members selected langoustines and a substantial goat cheese salad. Both excellent.

We all chose different main courses, three of them fish based; cod, trout and langoustines served on potato which didn´t really combine well.

 

Our meat eater had pork fillet wrapped in Serrano ham and was not disappointed. Our host selected Darsena Verdejo (€14) and Ramon Bilbao Rioja (€16), both well appreciated.

Our choice of desserts ranged from a Brownie, apple pie with ice cream and a fruit Macedonia, all very tasty.

Taurino was packed with lunchers but the staff coped very well and including coffees and chopitos our enjoyable lunch cost just under €25 p.p.

LdD 77

ATALAYA, JAVEA

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Oct 052018
 
ATALAYA,           JAVEA           966289666

 ★★★★☆ 

Lunch with a view

Atalaya has spectacular views overlooking the Arenal bay, and we spent much of our lunch looking out at rollers sweeping in from the Mediterranean to provide much enjoyment to the bathers.

The restaurant is located on the first floor and is substantial in size.

 

There is a menu del día priced at €20 which delivers three starters to share – Gouda cheese salad, beef carpaccio and ham croquettes. Both of the latter dishes were judged to be very good but the cheese salad rather bland.

For the main course most of our menu del día group chose Arroz a banda but were not impressed. The other member had lamb chops with fries and was satisfied with his choice.

The members going á la carte enjoyed deep fat fried cheese balls presented as lollipops (€7.50) and followed these up with racks of wonderfully tender pork ribs (€12).

In fact the ribs were so substantial that one portion would have been enough to feed two.  One of our group opted for pork fillet served with a delicious mushroom sauce (€10.50).

Our host selected a Rueda Verdejo called Musgo and a Rioja called Marques de Atrio both acceptable and priced at €12.

 

 

Later in the lunch our host resisted the temptation of a Vega Sicilia which would have cost over €160 but instead settled on a further Rioja more modestly priced at €16.

An enjoyable lunch with great views costing €26.38 p.p.

PD/SL 75

 

Sep 282018
 
PITONS RESTAURANTE,              PEDREGUER

 ★★★☆☆ 

Was a five star…

Just over two years ago our club visited this restaurant and awarded it our top rating of five stars. It has since changed ownership and the star rating has dropped to three.

Pitons, which can mean Pythons or horns in Spanish, is located on the road from Pedreguer to Benidoleig. It is now being operated by the owners of the long established and popular  BB Grill in Vergel.

The menu del día is still priced at just €12 however the choice of dishes has become quite limited: potato salad followed by either chicken fillet or lomo of pork. As a consequence most of group decided to go á la carte.

 

 

For starters, melon with serrano ham was a popular choice and the portions were very generous, as they were for the mixed salad. Indeed one dish between two would be sufficient for most appetites.

 

Our main course selections included a half chicken (€6), beef fillet brocheta, (€14) and lamb chops (€14) all served with chips and garnish.

The house wines were from Bodegas Julian Santos in La Mancha, both red and white priced at €7 and eminently drinkable.

In summary Pitons offers good food and value for money, but to take full advantage it is recommended to go á la carte and share the starters. By the way, the clue to the meaning of Pitons is to be found over the fireplace in the restaurant.

Our lunch cost just €17.62 p.p.

MH 70

Sep 212018
 
DOLCE & SALATO,               JAVEA      672444552

 ★★★★☆ 

The sweet life

Dolce & Salato is one of a line of restaurants, at number 13, on the Paseo Marina Española which is a pedestrian street leading to the port of Javea. The view over the Mediterranean gives one a very comfortable sense of well- being.

We selected a menu of tapas dishes costing €13.60. For this one could have up to five out of a total of seven tapas.  Interestingly our hosts were both Polish,  Kryzy and his wife Kate, but the cuisine was typical Mediterranean.

 

First up were patatas bravas and beef kebab. Thereafter was a tapa of peppers stuffed with a cod reduction and chopitos of baby squid and garlic prawns.

The wines were from the Enguera region of Valencia priced at €13 & €14. The owners of Dolce & Salato have their own wine labels, and their choice of name for the vino tinto was interesting to say the least: Bloody Red!

We found ourselves to be a bit peckish after the tapas so we all had desserts – apple pie with ice cream, cheesecake and coffee mousse. All tasty but at €5.50, a bit pricey compared with the tapas.

After factoring in our pre- lunch beers, wine, coffee and a chopito our final bill totalled €28.62 p.p.

KK 76

 

 

 

Sep 142018
 
EL CAMPO,           JAVEA           961134466

 ★★★★☆ 

Chill and grill

 

El Campo is listed as being part of Javea but is in fact a lot closer to the centre of Benitachell. It is situated at Travessia de les Cansalades 134 and has been under renovation for the past two years and now has new owners; with some great landscaping they have created a restaurant with lovely ambience and plenty of space – not cluttered like many restaurants today.

There is a menu del día priced at €18, not including any drinks, but all but one of us decided to opt for the á la carte which did not work out much more expensive.

We started with garlic prawns, mussels and salmon but thereafter the focus was on meat.

 

 

 

El Campo has a dish on the menu called a Super Bad Burger (€48) and it was so large that it was sufficient for four men!

 

 

 

 

Other items from the grill of El Campo were lamb chops (€26) and a half rack of ribs (€12.95).

On the wine front we enjoyed Tierras de Murillo Rioja and a Verdejo from Tierra de Castilla, both modestly priced at €11 and €12 respectively.

At €34 p.p. this was not a cheap meal, but the food was excellent, the service provided by Emma was seamless and the enjoyment memorable.

JB 77

 

 

Jun 292018
 
ICHIBAN ASIAN,            MORAIRA      966490412

 ★★★★☆ 

Number One!

This was the fourth time our club visited this restaurant in Moraira. It originally opened under the name of La Senieta, in 2014 it became La Serrena, two years later Les Bretonnes de Moraira and now it is a very fine Asian restaurant called Ichiban which apparently means Number One in Japanese. Ichiban is located at 29 Avenida de Madrid and the décor has not really changed over the past four years but it still looks smart.

The menu del día is priced at €11.95 for three courses and includes a glass of house wine. The red was called Vegazur from Ribero del Duero and the white was the well known Campo Viejo from Rioja (€12.50).

For starters we enjoyed Spring rolls and chicken soup. These were followed by Dim Sum and Japanese skewered grilled chicken both well presented and delicious.

Our choice of main courses ranged from duck with orange sauce, to duck – Thai style, to chicken with black pepper sauce and finally  sweet and sour prawns. All dishes were served with either noodles or fried rice.

Terrific food and great value. Indeed our total bill for a wonderful lunch including some beers, wine and brandies, amounted to €22.27 per person.

SL 75

 

Jun 222018
 
CASA SUSI,         MASSEROF          609725356

 ★★★★☆ 

Lunch in the vineyard

Over five years have passed by since we last had lunch at Casa Susi and this family run restaurant, located at km5.5 on the road from Jalon to Sierra Bernia, has now achieved an extra star.

There are two menus del día priced at €17 and €19 for three courses and as much Jalon wine as you can drink included in the price.

 

The restaurant is surrounded by vineyards and the mountain scenery is stunning. Being a hot sunny day everyone chose to dine on the shaded terrace rather than inside.

Susi brought us a tapa of a chicken skewer to accompany our first bottle of Jalon wine.

Some of us followed this up with a delicious gazpacho and others with a large fresh salad.

 

We then all chose the house speciality of lamb with almonds and raisins cooked in a Morrocan Tajin.

Whilst we were enjoying this a musician appeared and entertained us for about an hour.

Our host decided to try Susi´s own branded wine, which is not produced by the Jalon Coop but is still very modestly priced at just €2 a bottle!

We completed our lunch with fruit tarts and ice cream and Susi kindly brought us some mistellas with her compliments. Our lovely relaxing lunch in the vineyards cost €23.62 p.p. It was no surprise that Susi has now moved up to four star status.

RM 79

 

 

Jun 082018
 
CHIC,                 MORAIRA           966272471

 ★★★☆☆ 

Chic and slow

 

Chic is situated is situated in the Andrago commercial centre, the same complex as Les Bretonnes de Moraira and Aoi Teppanyaki on the Moraira to Calpe road.

 

It has recently opened and is certainly chic in appearance with modern clean lines and décor.

 

 

 

There is ample parking and the terrace outside has pleasant views over the nearby cove.

 

 

 

 

 

 

There is a menu del día available at €17.50 not including wine but we decided to go off piste where the main courses were priced around €12.

Whilst we were waiting for our food to arrive we enjoyed a Verdejo from Rueda called La Camioneta and a Rioja called Anares, both priced at €13.00.

In fact we waited for just over one hour for our food to arrive and this definitely affected our scoring of Chic as the dishes were good and very well presented.

We enjoyed dishes of fresh prawns, smoked salmon, beef and concluded with apple tart.  

All excellent  and together with our usual coffees and brandy our visit to Chic cost €33.63 p.p.

JS 73    

 

Jun 012018
 
FINCA LINDI,                   LLIBER             965731125

 ★★★★★ 

What a culinary adventure!

On the road from Senija to Llíber (CV745) just before entering the village of Llíber is a turnoff to the right, which is the road to Gata de Gorgos. Here at the junction you will find Finca Lindi.

It is a lovely old house, which is run as a B&B, but from the outside you would have no idea that, by appointment only, Gerard, the Owner/Masterchef  will prepare an outstanding lunch for you. Between the months of September and June up to 20 guests at a time will be served a 7-course lunch on two days each month.  In our case Gerard prepared a special 5-course lunch just for our members at a special price of €25.

 

 

We started our lunch with amuse bouche of crispy mussels tempura served with pickled cream.

Our second course was smoked salmon on a carpaccio of cucumber and capers and this delicious dish was followed by a white and green asparagus soup complete with quails eggs, fine slices of ham and dried chorizo.

 

The fourth course was medallion of pork tenderloin with gambas, served with vegetables, a scoop of rice, mushrooms and a wonderful garlic sauce with herbs.

The wines selected by our host to accompany our exotic dishes were a Palacio de Bornos 2017 verdejo (€5.65) and a 2015 Palacio de Bornos that had been aged in oak (€8.75).  The red was a delicious Bozeto 2016 from Rioja (€7.99)

For dessert we enjoyed a panacota with meringue, vanilla ice cream and warm cherries. This special lunch concluded with coffee, friandises and brandy and cost €34.90 p.p.

LdD       

May 252018
 
EVEREST SPICE,                  JAVEA        965770230

 ★★★★☆ 

Spice up your taste buds…

You could smell the spices as we were parking the cars and for those of us love Indian or Nepali food we knew we were in for a good feast…

Everest Spice is located at Ctra. la Guardia 127  on the way towards Cabo la Nao and to the south of Arenal, where its sister restaurant, Gurkha Palace operates. The owner and staff  are all from Nepal as is the cuisine.

The menu is extensive and there are two menus del día priced at €8.95 and a three course lunch for  €12.95 which was what we opted for. We were presented with wonderful freshly baked naan bread accompanied by four sauces whilst we decided on our selection of dishes.

There was a choice of five starters and we went for delicious Onion Bhajis as well as Chicken Chhoila.

 

 

 

 

For main course we opted for a substantial Goan King Prawn curry which was offered at different levels of spice – all good.

 

Others in our party had Tandoori mixed grill and Chicken Amilo and were not disappointed. For desserts we enjoyed ice cream.

For wines our host decided to trade up from the house offering and very generously selected Davila Albariño (€21.99) and a 2014 crianza from Ribero del Duero called  Romántica (€23.49). Some our group opted for draft beers.

As it was a warm sunny day we lunched outside in the spacious garden and it was very relaxing. Inspection of the restaurant itself revealed a comfortable atmospheric interior to return to in the future.

The service by the Nepali staff was attentive and friendly.  A lovely afternoon which cost €27.80) p.p.

 

JB 75