Alcalali  Comments Off on CA PINET, ALCALALI  Tagged with:
Dec 112020

Ca Pinet,            Alcalali                 965884229



 Café Americano not available…


Ca Pinet is a museum of Communism and there are wonderful photographs, posters, flags and historic bric-a-brac to feast your eyes on before settling down to lunch or supper. It is located in Alcalali at Passeig del Pou, no. 14 although for many years it was based in the centre of the village of Tarbena in the mountains to the south.

There is a menu del día available priced according to the main course selected, all rice based and ranging in price from €14 to €20. Both the menu del día and the á la carte menu includes a half bottle of wine in the price.

For starters we enjoyed meatballs with almond sauce, aspencat, sobrasada with honey and various tapas.


For wine the white was an Alicante called El Pinar de Villena which was passable. The red was marketed under the Ca Pinet label from the Co-operativa in Jalon. Both wines were priced at €10 after the free half bottle.


For main course we chose pork chops (€12), lamb cutlets (€14) and one of hungrier members opted for a half kilo beef entrecote (€20). Everyone was satisfied with their choice. The desserts were homemade and we moved on to coffees and chopitos.  This proved to be an interesting part of our lunch as we discovered that whilst we could have café solos, café con leche etc., we could not order “Americanos”!  One of our group then suggested ordering a café Cubano but was told to order an Anti-Americano instead….


All good fun and our communist lunch set us back €33.60 p.p.



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 Benigembla  Comments Off on BENI-RUTA,     BENIGEMBLA  Tagged with:
Nov 202020

Beni-Ruta,        Benigembla      644606817


 Great potential –one to watch


Benigembla, at the west end of the Val de Pop has been transformed in recent months by some wonderful, high quality murals on many of the buildings. Indeed there is one on the front of the restaurant Beni-Ruta showing a map of towns and villages throughout Valencia that incorporate the prefix “Beni” in their name.

Beni-Ruta has only been open for a few weeks so our review is almost certainly premature. The restaurant has just been constructed and fitted out to a high standard and will in due course extend to three levels. There are numerous references to Route 66 in the décor and this presumably where the name Beni-Ruta came from as the Spanish owner appears to have lived and worked in the USA for a number of years.

We had our lunch in the spacious dining area on the first floor and later were allowed to have a look at the other floors above. The top floor is a rooftop patio that will be developed as an open air barbecue area with spectacular views onto the Sierra del Cavall Verd and the Val del Pop.

The menu del día is priced at €12 and starts with a fresh salad. We then selected three of the starters, namely very tasty revuelto  de verduras, macaroni bolognesa and a rich tomato soup.

On the wine front we enjoyed a Rueda verdejo called Analivia (€14) and a Rioja called Ontañón (€15).



For main course we had ternera estufa and a chicken dish, both good. Finally we had for dessert apple strudel with ice cream and this was followed by coffees and chopitos.  The price per person for this interesting lunch was €21.80 and we will undoubtedly be returning to Beni-Ruta as it develops its full potential.

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 Jesus Pobre  Comments Off on CASA ROSITA, JESUS POBRE  Tagged with:
Nov 132020

Casa Rosita,             Jesús Pobre       965756404


Mixed opinions

 Normally our group mark restaurants within a few points of each other but in the case of Casa Rosita the span was from  1 star to 5 stars. Fortunately these two mavericks were brought into line by the rest of us who awarded Rosita 3 stars.


Casa Rosita is to be found at 3 Calle Major in the centre of the delightful village of Jesús Pobre. The restaurant looks quite modest from the outside but once inside it develops into several dining areas including a patio at the rear which is where we had our lunch.

The menu del día is priced at a very competitive €10 for three courses, including a glass of wine. Our host selected a Rueda Verdejo called Gran Cardiel and for red Nuviana Tinto, both priced at €13 and enjoyable.


In fact it is possible to interchange dishes from the first course selection with those from the main courses, so some of our group had bacon and eggs as a starter and others as a main course. Most of us had Favada for our starter, a class of a soup with beans, basic but good.


The main courses selected were chicken with mushroom sauce, cod croquettes, lomo a la plancha, and kidneys cooked Jerez style. Whilst the food was simple, it was wholesome and tasty.

The service was a bit erratic and we were ushered out of Casa Rosita at just 15.45.

Together with desserts and/or coffees and brandies our visit to Jesús Pobre cost €18.25 p.p.


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 Jalon  Comments Off on CASA ALELUYA, JALON  Tagged with:
Oct 162020

CASA ALELUYA,         JALON             966480030


Still going strong

 Casa Aleluya is a landmark bar and restaurant in Jalon where the original owner used to entertain customers by pouring wine from a bottle over his forehead and let gravity move it down over his face and into his mouth.


The restaurant is located opposite the new visitors centre for tourists near where the weekly rastro takes place. The precise address is Avd. Juan Carlos 1, 51 but this street name is scheduled to be changed in the months to come.

Our table was located in the patio area at the back of the building and on our way there we passed the new microbrewery that has recently produced an award winning beer.

We decided to have a selection of tapas ranging in price from €2 up to €6.50 per dish. These included very tasty ham and cheese pieces, some rather bland prawns, chicken wings, smoked liver meatballs and patatas bravas.


Our host chose the reliable Rueda Verdejo from Darsena and a Rioja called El Niño de Campillo – both pleasant. We opted not to have desserts but instead sampled the award winning beer and very good it was too!

Together with coffees and chopitos our pleasant tapas lunch cost €22 p.p.



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 Benidoleig  Comments Off on MARE, BENIDOLEIG  Tagged with:
Sep 042020

MARE,                  BENIDOLEIG        615092515


Focus on fish

Mare is a recently opened fish restaurant located at plaça diputació in Benidoleig. The style inside is elegant and modern and when we lunched there, every available table was fully occupied. The noise level rose as our lunch went on due in part to the echo of Spanish voices around the room.

There are two menus del día on offer priced at €20.70 and €35.70; we all decided to splash out and go for the pricier option. This entitled us to 10 courses which focussed on fish dishes but included sobrasada, a Majorcan spicy pork sausage, a plate of very colourful mushrooms and wonderfully flavoured tomatoes swimming in olive oil.

Our host selected two local wines to accompany lunch, the white was from Jesus Pobre and called Les Freses (€17.20) and the red, Del Moro from Requena (€16.80). Most of us preferred the red.


The fish platters started with sepia or cuttlefish which could have been a bit warmer and less chewy. This was followed by the iconic and very expensive Denia red prawn, which lived up to its reputation.  Finally we tucked into rape or monkfish, one of which had to be sent back to the kitchen as it was undercooked.

There was an excellent almond cake for dessert. Complete with coffees our noisy fishy lunch in Benidoleig cost a hefty €51.07.




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 Denia  Comments Off on RESTAURANTE LA CALMA, DENIA  Tagged with:
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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 Moraira  Comments Off on THE KATHMANDU, MORAIRA  Tagged with:
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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 Parcent  Comments Off on RTE. EL PROGRÉS, PARCENT  Tagged with:
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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 Benissa  Comments Off on EL PEON DE PINOS  Tagged with:
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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 Parcent  Comments Off on TRAMONTI, PARCENT  Tagged with:
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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