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.

PM 74

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    

 

May 112018
 
AMARE TAPAS,              JAVEA          965792602

 ★★★☆☆ 

Tapas with a sea view

This restaurant is part of a group of three similar restaurants that includes Amarre 152 which we had visited in the past. It is situated at Avenida del Mediterráneo  96, which is on the sea front a few hundred metres north of the Javea Parador. There is ample parking on the beach opposite.

 

As the name suggests, it is mainly a Tapas restaurant, but it does sport a menu del día priced at a modest €8.50 and two of group opted for this. They were served a slightly limp salad, followed by costillas, oven baked with a rich honey glaze. The ribs were deemed average, slightly on the dry side.

The remainder of the group indulged themselves in a wide variety of tapas, electing for huevos rotos with iberico ham (€7), sardinas (€4.50), garlic prawns (€6.50), croquetas of iberico ham (€4.00) and patatas bravas (€3.50). All good and no one went hungry.

 

Our host opted for a white Faustino Rivero Macabeo (€11), which was deemed thin and so we traded up to a Chardonnay (€14) also from Faustino and this was acceptable. The Faustino Tempranillo (€11) was also acceptable.

Desserts included Tiramisu, cheesecake and ice creams. Together with coffees and mistella offered by the house, our agreeable outing cost €23.07 p.p.

PD 69

Apr 202018
 
OCEANA CLUB,                 BENISSA COSTA       634313924

 ★★★☆☆ 

Slim pickings

Formerly known as Restaurante Timon,  Oceana Club is located at one of the most stunning sites on the Costa Blanca.

 

 

It is to be found at Les Bassetes, which is a tiny harbour on the Moraira to Calpe road, and is located on the top floor of the harbour complex with wonderful views onto the Peñon de Ifach.

We chose to lunch indoors as there was quite a strong wind blowing outside; the new owners have refurbished the restaurant in a tasteful style.

The menu del día is priced at €17.50 for three courses and a drink.

For starters the choice was mixed salad, carpaccio of tuna or courgette soup, all acceptable but not very exciting.

Our host selected Mantel Rueda Verdejo (€19) and the house red from Ribero del Duero called La Planta.

For main course we selected chicken brochettes, fresh salmon and paella. The portions were not particularly generous.

 

 

Finally for desserts we had ice cream and sliced melon and pineapple.

 

After lunch we enjoyed some live music on the terrace and including coffees, our lunch overlooking the Mediterranean cost €28.24 p.p.

PH 70    

Apr 062018
 
PEPA PIZZA,         JAVEA      965792572

 ★★★☆☆ 

Much more than pizza

Pizzeria Pepa is one of the longest established (1983) restaurants on the Arenal in Javea and is under the same ownership as El Gaucho, also of Javea. Always busy, it is characterized by a wide selection of quality dishes, not just pizza, and a friendly, efficient service.

 

The menu del día ranges in price from €16 to €22 according to the main course selected.

The starters selected included baked camembert with a delicious cranberry salsa, beef carpaccio, albondigas and chicken salad, all well appreciated.

 

For main course most of our table chose spare ribs (€17) whereas some of our party opted for hamburger (€16) and Tagliatelle (€17.50).  The ribs though tasty were found to be a bit on the  chewy side and this undoubtedly affected the overall evaluation. The hamburger was excellent and the pasta though good, was excessive in quantity.

The meal was accompanied by, in the first place a house white from Jalon, but our host decided to trade up with a Rueda Verdejo (€12.50) called Centrum. The house red, also from Jalon was the well known Marnes brand.

For desserts the choice was three chocolates cake or tiramisu – both enjoyable.

We completed our pleasant lunch on the seafront with coffees and brandy and there is no reason to suppose that Pepa will not be around for another 45 years. Cost p.p. €24.80.

RH 71                                                                              

 

 

Mar 232018
 
BAR L´ ESTUFA              PARCENT      966405236

 ★★★☆☆ 

Hunger staved at the Stove Bar

 

A welcome port of call on a rather unsettled March day, Bar L´Estufa is situated at Avenida de Alicante 13, which is on the corner opposite the renowned Restaurante L´Era in Parcent at the western end of the Vall del Pop. Bar L´Estufa is an unassuming Spanish restaurant with a substantial outdoor patio area in a courtyard at the rear.

They offer a tapas menu at €9.90 or three menus del día priced at €10, €12 or €14. Most of us opted for the €12 menu but we also experienced the tapas offer and the highest priced menu. The menus included bread, a half bottle of wine and dessert.

For starters we had a chicken salad that was more than enough for two. Other starters chosen were stuffed aubergines, mussels and a substantial fish soup.

 

Main courses selected were pork fillet cooked à la plancha and which was tender and succulent, and a generous entrecote. The house wines were from Utiel-Requena both branded Monumento and whilst a bit light were palatable.

There was a large choice of desserts to choose from and together with coffees and brandy our hearty lunch cost €15.26 p.p.

MH 70    

 

Mar 162018
 
CA DORA,            GATA DE GORGOS          965757405/636225894

 ★★★☆☆ 

Simple cuisine, exceptional value

This family run restaurant is located at 97 Avenida Marina Alta, which is the main street running through Gata de Gorgos.

The dining area is notable for its high ceiling and simple furnishing; there is a patio courtyard which would be a pleasant option for dining in summer.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The menu del dia is priced at just €10 including a half bottle of wine. We started off with a salad with chicken and bacon, macaroni with tomato and cheese and entremesas which turned out to be a rather disappointing plate of mixed cold meats straight from the packet.

 

 

 

 

 

The wines, both red and white, were from Alicante and branded Plaza de la Reina and priced at €6.

For main course we enjoyed grilled liver served with vegetables and roast chicken. One of our number had a homemade flan whilst the rest of us opted for coffees with either brandy or Baileys.

Cost per person for this simple lunch was a modest €13.12

RM 68