Dec 282018
CA EMILIO,      BENISSA        965733736/639110646



Ca Emilio is to be found on Calle Cami de Canor no.26, which is a corner site next to a roundabout in Benissa, with interesting neighbours nearby of a crematorium on one side and a large school on the other opposite side.


The outside wall of the restaurant has a massive mural depicting a trawler and the message that their menu del día carries the very modest price of just €9. Ca Emilio is long established and is run by Emilio, a former trawlerman from Calpe and his daughter Rosanna.

Many of their customers stop off at the bar for a drink and tapas, but we moved into their separate, rather chilly, restaurant which was decorated with rural bric-a-brac.





We all indulged in the €9 menu and starting with a prawn soup and a moist paella-style rice dish called Arroz Señoret. The soup would have benefited from being served hotter.


The main courses were somewhat limited and we tried Pulpo con ajos (Octopus with garlic) and Bacalao Cruet, a sort of cod stew, which while tasty, was served warm but on a cold plate.

The menu included a third of a bottle of wine p.p. so our host had to fund some additional bottles of Salinas, a light (12%) red and white wine from Utiel-Requena at €7.50 each.




This is a modest but friendly restaurant which does offer great value for money. The cost p.p. was just €11.70.

MH 56

Feb 162018
LA FONTANELLA,               CALPE        865527743

Oh dear!




La Fontanella is an Italian restaurant located near the rambla below the old town district of Calpe at Pintor Sorolla 19. This street is not very attractive but you should never judge a book by its cover.

The restaurant inside is substantial and although there is a table linen service the overall ambiance is not particularly endearing. There are three menus del día to choose from priced at €8, €10.50, €12.50 and €14.50.

Most of our table selected the €12.50 menu and there was a choice of starters with ham and melon or bruschetta.

For the more expensive menu our diner selected coctel de gambas but it turned to be a singular shrimp with shredded carrot and lettuce,  albeit with a delicious sauce.

The pasta course was spaghetti bolognesa or tagliatelli carbonara; both ok. The main course was escalope Milanese served with chips but no trimmings, so the appearance of the dish was somewhat spartan.

Our host splashed out on some pleasant wines, a white called La mas Bonita (€14.50) and a Ribiero del Duero called Viejo Mundo (€14.90).  Although our waitress was pleasant, our service was slow and we had to request for water four times before it was brought to the table.

On the positive side the restaurant was clean, there was plenty of parking in the nearby streets and we were offered chopitos on the house, at the end of our lunch which cost €27.16 p.p.

PH 54               

Jul 082016
BAR ESPAÑA,               CALPE    865670502



Bar España is a small restaurant located on Calle la Mar 5a in the hilly part of Calpe near the Cultural centre. In summer the restaurant uses the sidewalk on the other side of the street to place tables for al fresco dining.

The menu del día costs €10.50 and includes a half bottle of wine. We started our lunch with gazpacho and salad and moved on to grilled lamb, chicken breast and fried merluza. All rather bland.

Cost p.p. €18.44

JS 34

Sep 112015
FABY´S MIL AROMAS,              JAVEA          616460485


Maybe Faby´s, or not.. 004

Faby´s Mil Aromas is hidden away along with a number of other restaurants in a courtyard called La Plaza fronting onto the Carretera Cabo de la Nao in the Arenal district of Javea.

La Plaza courtyard is a pleasant area with palm trees providing shade for al fresco dining.




The menu del día (€12 including one drink) was presented on a blackboard and while were perusing our options our host asked to see the wine list, only to be told by our waiter, that the choice of wine was red, white or rosado!


We decided to order a bottle of white wine which turned out to be an acceptable Rueda Verdejo with the intriguing name of Musgo.
Our starter was hard boiled eggs with some avocado and unpeeled shrimps; hardly haute cuisine.008


One of the choices for the main course was filete de pescado a la naranja and when we enquired what type of fish was involved, our friendly waiter told us it was a white fish. When pressed further he conceded that it was merluza or hake.
We moved on and selected Milanese escalope of veal and this was accompanied by a bottle of La Mancha red called Albadia del Roble (for which we were charged €9 for a bottle of Rioja). 006
Subsequently we had a look at the interior of the restaurant and saw that there was a selection of at least four different bottles of red wine on display, but of course no way of making a choice without a wine list. We were beginning to bond with our server who told his name was Rudi, then he decided it was Miguel and finally Michael. Whenever Rudi felt a bit of pressure (there were after all two or three couples at other tables) he would tell us he only had two hands!
Our desserts included a cold crepe with tinned peaches…


Finally when he went to pay the bill, which worked out at a modest €19.33 p.p., our host was advised that Faby did not accept credit or debit cards. Oh, and when we asked for a card for the restaurant we were given a brochure and useful map of Javea which features an advertisement for Faby´s on the cover. Classy.1000 aromas 001
JB 51

Apr 042014

LOS ARCOS,    PEDREGUER     965760036



Cheap if not very cheerful

Los Arcos is primarily a venue for hosting large wedding receptions and the like. It is located on the busy N332 at km 194, on the left hand side of the road travelling north towards Ondara. It is opposite Restaurant Tasca la Sella.

The free standing building is vast and when we were there for lunch more than half of the salon had been partitioned off; even so it still had the intimacy of a barn. A large flat screen television provided diners with the news in Valenciano.DSC00350

Our server listed off the menu del día, which was priced at the bargain amount of just €10 for pan & alioli, salad, a choice of three starters, main courses and desserts as well as a glass of the house wine.

Most of us selected a lukewarm dish of green beans with specks of ham for our starter. Other options were spaghetti or vegetable soup.DSC00342

For main course we tried all three options: pork fillet, roast chicken and a salmon steak that was tasteless and not very warm.


Finally for dessert the tarta de crema was declared to be boring although the pumpkin tart was pleasant.DSC00346

Our host kindly decided to trade up from the house wine which allegedly came from Castillo and instead we enjoyed Montesierra Crianza (€10) from Somontano.

Including coffees and brandies, the cost p.p. for this “memorable” lunch was €16.31  

MR 59        arcos 001

Apr 202012
 REAL CLUB NAUTICO, CALPE (34) 965874860


Titanic disaster

 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.

MH 55