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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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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GRAELLES, JAVEA

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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.

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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.

MH 70

 

 

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

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