BRISAS DEL MAR, C/la Mar, No. 2, Moraira 620 103 000
My, my, my, Moraira!
You might be forgiven for thinking that a modest little restaurant at the end of a row of eateries, alongside the car-park serving the Club Nautica, had much to be modest about: unassuming, unpretentious, and, oddly, un-occupied. The fifteen in our party more than made up for that, and the restaurant proved to be excellent value based around a Menu del Dia costing just 12 euros. Not bad for a sea-front restaurant in the heart of a popular town….
The Menu del Dia gave a choice of chopitos, salad, sardines or gazpacho – with the sardines being by far the most popular. And for good reason – they were excellent, with good flavour and texture. The second course saw more varied choices with several opting for the Paella Valenciana. Others went for the lenguado (sole) and five of us chose the rather tasty breast of chicken in a creamy sauce. The postres offered the usual suspects – profiteroles, ice creams, flan and so on. Nothing too imaginative, but still very pleasant.
The price included pan y ali oli, and coffee was an option in lieu of the dessert. The house wines were unspectacular – one called ‘Salinas’ from Utiel Requeno (white) and a red temperanillo called ‘Monterio’. The success of the meal was enhanced by a fine bottle of brandy, the gift of our rash Kiwi member, and it added to a most pleasant Friday afternoon beside the seaside in the company of more Yorkshiremen than is normally advisable.
The total bill, to include a rather impressive number of bottles of wine, came to a very reasonable euros 28.60 – and, rather helpfully, the restaurant handed out passes enabling us all to leave the car-park for free. That certainly appealed to the Yorkshire contingent….