Jun 282019
 
GRAELLES,                JAVEA        646592053

 ★★★☆☆ 

Lunch beside the seaside

Graelles is a well presented restaurant located at Avenida Mediterraneo 22, which is the stretch of coast between the Parador hotel and the port of Javea.

The menu del día is priced at €12.50 and the starters on offer were a plentiful salad, prawn cocktail and calamares. For main course we enjoyed fried bacalao (cod).

Our host selected red and white wines from the Requena area under the same brand name of Audentia and both were more than acceptable and priced at €13.50.

Dessert was a combination of cheesecakes, “iced coffees” and chocolate cake. If none of the food drew great acclaim, the general view was that it was all acceptable and very good value although our wine consumption lifted the cost p.p. to €29.90.

RH 72

Jun 142019
 
CAFETERIA LA CULTURAL,         TEULADA    965740002

 ★★★☆☆ 

A cultural experience?

Located on the Plaza de la Constitucion, this canteen appears to serve as the eating place for the Teulada local government.  It is vast and accordingly is a bit off-putting. However the food served and its value for money soon dispelled our early doubts.

The menu del diá is priced at just €11 including a half bottle of Los Señores wine.

There was a choice of eight starters on offer and most of us chose mussels or fried boquerones – both very satisfying.

 

For main course there were three rice dishes, three fish dishes and five meat dishes to choose from. Again most of us opted for roast chicken, lamb and fritura de pescado and we were not disappointed.

 

Our host traded up on the wine to a white Cariñena called Don Mendo (€8.50).

 

 

The dessert was a Macedonia with ice cream. Including coffees and brandies our cultural experience in Teulada cost €17.60 p.p.

 

 

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May 032019
 
L´ALMASSERA,               TORMOS       653939289

 ★★★☆☆ 

Impressed in Tormos

Tormos is a small village situated on the CV 715 between Orba and Pego. At Calle San Antonio 21, in the Ayuntamiento building, the former village cooperative olive mill (Almàssera in Valenciano) has been pressed into service by the town hall as a restaurant and appears to serve as a delightfully untidy, but interesting social centre of sorts for the locals, complete with the usual high decibel ambient noise.

The restaurant boasts a south facing covered terrace which affords great views of the countryside. The unpretentious décor indoors includes bric á brac of the former olive press business.

 

Whether you eat inside or out, there is an extensive and reasonably priced menu and a wide selection of tapas.

The menu del día ranges from €8.50 to €15, depending on your choice of main course. The menu includes a half bottle of wine or a beer, as well as dessert or coffee.

Our group chose cocktail de gambas, grilled goat´s cheese, wild mushroom cocktail and a home-made chicken soup. All good.

 

 

For main course we had a very generous portion of liver and onions, grilled sole and grilled pork. The approval level was reflected by the empty plates.

Our host decided to go with the house wines – both called Alcanta so unsurprisingly from Alicante. The red was 12.5% and the white 11% and acceptable for house wine.

We concluded our enjoyable, unpretentious lunch with coffees and copas or chopitas of brandy resulting in a modest cost of just €14.21 p.p.

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Apr 262019
 
CAL XIXONERO,                 JALON      966482041

 ★★★☆☆ 

Could do better

Cal Xixonero is located at Avenida Juan Carlos I, no. 23 which is in the same street as the Jalon post office. We last visited this restaurant in 2016 when it was Dracula´s Memories and run under different management; in fact the chef and staff of Dracula recently moved back to Rte. Pedramala where we had lunch on April 12 2019.

The new restaurant in Jalon had been open for a couple of weeks when we had lunch there. It had been thoroughly renovated and is spacious with soft colours, although perhaps lacking in wall decoration.

 

There were two menus, one priced at €15 and the other at €16.50, neither including wine and we all opted for the latter.

 

 

 

We nearly all chose the croquettas de gambas with cauliflower mayonnaise and crunchy seaweed which was enjoyable but somewhat lacking in prawns.

Our loner went for Espuma de Boniata, a sweet potato foam with crispy eggs, sobrasada and asparagus which he enjoyed.

 

Our host selected a white Alberiño called Marieta (€15) and Beronia Rioja 2015 crianza (€18), both enjoyable.

 

For main course most of us went for solomillo de cerdo and the others for chicken breast. Unfortunately both main courses were served on cold plates and were sent back to be warmed up. The chicken was very good but the pork undercooked and lacking in a bit of colour on the plate.

We completed our lively lunch with chocolate flan, ice cream and lavacake followed by coffees and chopitos of brandy. The service in this new restaurant can only improve.

 

Cost p.p. €29.60

 

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Mar 292019
 
LA XERNA DEL MAR,                    DENIA          966488822

 ★★★☆☆ 

Modern Mediterranean

Calle Sandunga is one of the many streets in Denia´s old fishing village which has been renovated with traditional cobblestones. La Xerna del Mar is to be found at no.50 amongst numerous other restaurants in this old part of the town.

 

La Xerna only opened in September 2018 and has a very modern but Mediterranean feel about it with its blue, white and gold decoration and an open air terrace.

The menu del día is priced at €19.50 for three courses and includes pan y alioli, but no drinks, and this what we all opted for. We shared the first course of mixed salad, cocas and an octopus dish with sobrasada which is a spicy Majorcan sausage, and vegetables. Delicious.

We continued with all three main dishes on offer – arroz meloso, one with mariscos and the other with duck which turned out to be rather disappointing. There was a separate duck dish without rice.

Our host selected Marques de Cáceres Verdejo (€15.50) and a Ribero del Duero, Prado Rey (€18) both most enjoyable.

For dessert we opted for crème caramel and a Manchego cheesecake.

 

Coffees and chopitos offered by the house, completed our pleasant lunch in relaxing surrounding, Cost p.p. €32.87

PM 73

Feb 152019
 

RTE. DEL PESCADOR,           MORAIRA        965744849

 ★★★☆☆ 

Pity about the sole

Restaurante del Pescador is one of numerous bars and restaurants on Calle Mar in the harbour area of Moraira.

 

 

 

The inside of del Pescador is quite small and the majority of diners eat al fresco.

 

 

 

 

 

There is a menu del día for €13.95 and one of our party opted for this and was most satisfied with his choice. For the others we opted for a menu del noche which was priced at €20.  Neither menus included wine in the price.

We were served with a tasty amuse bouche along with warm bread, alioli and fresh tomato paste with the compliments of the house before we received our starters.  The starters were excellent and consisted of chiperones, gambas cooked with garlic and large fresh mussels.

 

 

 

For the main course the menu del día luncher had a perfectly cooked paella.

 

 

For the rest of us we chose sole, which was disappointingly small and with not a lot of flavour. We tried the house red and white which was El Pinar de Villena from Alicante (both priced at €14) and our host traded up to Musgos Verdejo from Rueda (€18.50).

We concluded this lunch that had started so well, with coffees and brandies offered by the house. Cost p.p. €31.33

SL 72

 

Dec 142018
 
TASCA EULALIA,     DENIA        965786479

 ★★★☆☆ 

Tasty Tasca

Tasca Eulalia is a family run restaurant that has been operating at Carrer Campos no. 30, just off the Marques de Campo for almost 40 years.

 

It is one of Denia´s most popular and emblematic restaurants with a very strong following by Spanish rather than foreign diners.

The ambience is relaxed and the decor is reminiscent of a country chalet using lots of warm wood.

The menu del día is priced at €14.50 and changes daily according to available supplies.

For our starters we were seduced by a wonderful crèma de zanahoria (pumpkin soup) and huevos à la flamenco, also delicious.

 

 

The main course was rabo de toro (ox tail) and arroz caldosa, a rice stew with vegetables and pork. Both dishes were appreciated by our members.  Our host selected two Valencia wines, a white called Las Blancas (€16.50) and a red called Les Alcusses (€17.50), both excellent.

Desserts on offer were fresh fruit, ice cream and pudding Castro.

 

 

We thoroughly enjoyed our lunch in this gastronomic corner of Denia which cost €20.60 p.p.

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Nov 302018
 
34 de SAN NICOLAS,               BENISSA       865716345

 ★★★☆☆ 

Where in Benissa?

This recently opened restaurant is located at 34 Calle San Nicolas in Benissa in a quiet street leading up the hill from the Plaza Jaume.

 

 

 

Whilst not formally pedestrianised , the street has little passing traffic and so 34 has a number of tables on the street itself.

 

Inside 34 the décor is bright and modern, comfortable, warm and inviting.

The menu del día changes every day according to availability of fresh products and is priced at €14 for three courses and one drink. The food is typically Spanish, well cooked and presented. The service is prompt and friendly.

Although there were three or four starters all but one of us opted for the home made cocas. The cocas which are like a mini pizza bases were indeed pleasant, however the toppings were surprisingly small.

 

 

The main courses included delicious Secreto de Iberico, an enjoyable dish of rice and mussels and excellent spare ribs.

Finally the dish called Mar y Montaña which turned out to be chickpeas and squid was not rated positively by the one luncher who chose it.

Our host selected Somantano Pirineos red and white wines both priced at €11 and very acceptable.

Most of us skipped the usual desserts of flan, tarts, ice cream etc and instead had coffees accompanied by chopitos offered by the house. The 34 is a welcome addition to the stock of restaurants in Benissa and our enjoyable experience cost €19.62 p.p.

JS 72

 

 

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

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