Javea  Comments Off on Rte ONA-NAO, JAVEA  Tagged with:
Dec 042020

Ona·Nao,           Javea        865616192


Interesting name & great view of the beach…


This impressive modern restaurant is located overlooking the Arenal beach at 11 Avenida de la Libertad. The name comes from the valencian word for a wave “Ona” and a nearby countryside area of Nao.

The menu del día is priced at €15.95 and we received a delicious pumpkin soup whilst we studied the menu. The delicious home baked bread with alioli and tomato (€2) followed before we tackled our starters of steamed mussels, tartar of salmon, garlic baby squid and delicious plate of baby broad beans, pancetta and mushrooms.


One of our party decided to go á la carte and enjoyed garlic shrimps (€10.95) followed by lamb cutlets (€18.50), pricey but tasty apparently.

On the wine front our host selected the house white, Utiel Requena Macebo called Capellana (€12.50) and a Rioja called 22 pies 2016 crianza, both honest.

For main course most of our group shared a substantial paella with Iberian pork, baby beans and mushrooms. For the rest of us we had a substantial lamb chop with apple sauce and an Ona·Nao burger.


Completing this enjoyable lunch were desserts of tiramisu and crema catalan, both homemade and delicious, followed by coffees and chopitos. As a bonus we enjoyed a great view of the beach and at an adjacent table some attractive neighbours…



Cost p.p. €28.50


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Nov 272020

Rte. Botavara,              Denia            616623367



On the waterfront



Botavara is the Valencian word for a boom (Spanish: Auge) and fits in well with the name of this restaurant, which is on the waterfront looking on to the yacht harbour in Denia. The décor inside Botavara has a strong maritime feel with items of sailing gear featuring throughout.

The menu del día is priced at €15.50 and we enjoyed three starter dishes comprising a selection of chorizo, serrano ham and cheese, calamares and chiperones followed by wonderful steamed mussels. All excellent and very fresh.


On the wine front our host chose a Rueda Verdejo called Monasterio de Palazuelos (€12.90) which was a good match for our fish starters.


For our main courses we had a meaty paella and rather undercooked pork chops. Like so many restaurants Botavara was almost empty due to the Corona virus but despite this we enjoyed our lunch which including coffees and chopitos cost €25.20 p.p.


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Nov 062020

Restaurante  Pinos,         Pinos, Benissa       965973019


Mountains of food and wine


Although not the highest village in the Sierra Bernia mountains, Pinos can certainly lay claim to some of the most spectacular scenery and views in the Marina Alta.  Technically part of Benissa, the village has some three restaurants catering to the locals as well as the many tourists that drive up the CV-749.

Restaurante  Pinos, also known locally as Maria´s, is on the right hand side of the road coming from Benissa and almost at the end of the village.  The restaurant is on two levels that share a great view down to the coast.


The menu del día is priced according to the main course selected and in our case ranged from €13 (pork chops) to €17 (cordero en salsa). Included in the price was salad and a choice of sardines or delicious salchica as well as at least a half bottle of wine. The wine in question was Albadia del Roble, both red and white from La Mancha, and proved to be most acceptable.


Besides the pork chops (the portion was three of them!) and lamb with sauce, we also tucked into stewed rabbit (€15) and lamb chops (also €15). Hearty and delicious, all of them. We were serenaded by a visiting guitarist for part of our lunch, although some of our group found him a little loud.

All in all a most enjoyable mountain lunch for just €17 p.p.

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Oct 022020

CHIRINGUITO OLALA                BENISSA              680507469


Wonderful seaside setting, delicious tapas


Cala Baladrar is a small cove a few kilometres south of Moraira and is part of Benissa Costa. This is the location of the wonderfully named Chiringuito,  Olala. It is not the easiest restaurant to find but with stunning views over the sea towards the Peñon de Ifach it is definitely worth the effort.

Like most chiringuitos or beach bars it is mainly a fresco dining under pine trees. On the day we went there was a major storm brewing, adding to the sense of drama.

There is no menu del día, but this was not a problem as our interest was in having a lunch of tapas.  We selected four plates of tapas and they were magnificent.

We started with Torrajo, which was delicious grilled bread with a strong garlic alioli. There followed Patatas bravas accompanied with a tasty hot sauce. The boquerones or fried anchovies were really fresh. Finally we had steamed mussels and some our group declared them to the best they had ever eaten. O! la! la!

These four tapas dishes cost a total of just €30 and we then made a big mistake. We each decided to have a burger (€10 per unit) which was poor value in comparison and also in no way as tasty as the tapas. Next time we will stick to tapas only.


Our host selected a Rueda called  Beronia (€17) and a red from Utiel Requena called B.O. Bobal (€13) both delicious.

Desserts were apple tarts and cheesecakes. Together with coffees and chopitos our lunch by the seaside cost €32.66 p.p. but next time it should be about €25 by sticking to tapas.

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Sep 252020

CASA EDY              TEULADA             965740609 



Good value al fresco fare


Casa Edy is located at 35 Av. Mediterráneo, the main street running through Teulada. From the street the restaurant does not attract attention but once you enter, it is deceptively large in size with a substantial terrace providing a pleasant venue for al fresco dining.

There are two menus del día priced at €15 and €20 according to the main course selected. All but one of our group chose the cheaper menu yet curiously the more expensive meal was the disappointing one with a chewy entrecote for main course.

Amongst the starters were mussels served with a delicious soup, scrambled eggs with mushrooms, boquerones and a seafood platter – all good.


For main course we enjoyed baby squid, sole, lamb chops and pork fillet and these were accompanied by the house wines, both from Albacete and called Santa Negro, the white a Macabeo and the red a Tempranillo. Both wines were priced at the bargain price of just €4.



Desserts and chopitos completed our pleasant lunch costing a competitive €17.80 p.p.

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Sep 112020

L´OM,                PEGO          965571215


The Pick of Pego


This restaurant is located in a beautiful courtyard at 18. Calle Ramon & Cajal. There is an indoor restaurant as well around the courtyard which at one time was part of a street called Calle del Olmo. Olmo is Spanish for Elm and as there was an Elm tree there at one time this lead to the restaurant being named L´om. Nothing to do with Lombardy.

The setting is absolutely stunning and L´om has a menu del día priced at €12.50 but does not include any drinks.

We started with a flavoursome salad and our host selected a couple of great wines to accompany our meal. These were a Rueda called Jose Pariente (€19) and the famous Muga Rioja (€23), both delicious.


Our starters included a pasta salad with shrimps and mussels, Cocas and Fideua and were all very much appreciated.  For main course we had pork cutlets which were rather disappointing and chewy.


However the overall atmosphere of L´om and the warm welcome and attention of our hostess Marie José, ensured we had a memorable and enjoyable lunch costing €26.96.



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Jul 312020

CASA CATY         JALON          660832838


  Still going strong

 Casa Caty, located on the north side of Plaza Las Ocas in the centre of Jalon, has been operating for many years. Indeed our club lunched here four years ago.

The menu del día offers a choice of two starters and several main courses which dictate the price of lunch.

For starters the garlic prawns were absolutely stunning and the stuffed peppers were tasty too.


We ordered the house wines to accompany our dishes and these were both from Navarra,  branded Finca del Fondo; a Chardonnay and a Tempranillo costing €11 each and very pleasant in the mouth.


Our main dishes were lamb with honey (€11), a very tender lenguado or cod (€13), a not very tasty swordfish (€12) and a fabulous duck cooked with red fruits (€14). This enjoyable lunch cost €22.16 p.p. and was well worth it.






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Apr 052019
BUDDHA EYES TANDOORI,          PEGO        965088159


The eyes have it!

This is the first time the club has visited Pego, a very Spanish town, largely untainted by foreign tourists. The Buddha Eyes Tandoori restaurant is located at C/San Rafael 12.

The owners of Buddha Eyes are from Nepal and we were warmly welcomed by mother and daughter.

Whilst studying the extensive menu we were served popadoms with delicious chutneys which we washed down with beers.


There is a menu del día  priced at €25.90 (including wine) for two people, but we all went á la carte starting with onion bhajis and meat samosas with salad. Really fresh and delicious.



The main course included lamb madras, chicken karahi and chicken tikka jalfre,  a mixed grill along with several side dishes including rice and two types of naan bread.

By this stage we switched to wine, a Ribero del Duero called Portia (€15).


All in all a delicious lunch which cost €27.34

BL 75



Mar 152019
CASA ROLANDO,          CALPE        965831052


No Misteaks at Casa Rolando

Located at no.3 C/ Dr. Fleming, a shady street in downtown Calpe, Casa Rolando is a small intimate Argentinian restaurant.


Efficiently run by a well known Argentinian husband and wife team, it is very popular with both Spanish and Expats alike as it offers really good value menus del día, which particularly appeal to staunch canivores.

Priced at just €9.90, the two course menu del día includes bread, a drink, and dessert or coffee. The starters on offer were cod stew, casseroled eggs or mixed salad.

Thereafter the choice was a sea-food noodle dish called fideuá de mariscos, oven-baked pork lomo or fried whiting.


Three of our group upgraded to the €19 menu which included an Argentinian style pasty, or salad, followed by beef fillet or a Galician entrecote.

Both were excellent and were accompanied by the very acceptable house wine from La Mancha called Ramon Corta.

Desserts were the usual flan, ice cream or profiterolls.


Casa Rolando is a cosy atmospheric restaurant and it is important to book your table as it fills up early, both at lunchtime and in the evening.

Cost p.p. €18.98

MH 75

Mar 082019
GIRÓ,                       BENISSA          965730048


Busy Giró- great grub


Avenida Pais de Valencia is the main street running through Benissa and a lot of businesses have suffered from the constant flow of traffic. This may change when the long awaited bypass is finally operating.  In the meantime it is good to see at number 100, a restaurant called Giró, that is so busy that it has to turn away customers that have not booked.


The frontage of Giró is small and one could easily walk past the restaurant without noticing it. The interior is small but cosy and because the restaurant is full, it is quite noisy.

Their menu del día is priced at €13 for three courses and including a glass of house wine.

There is no printed menu so the waiter recites the course options. In our case we opted for a salad of apple, red cabbage and carrot.



This was followed by individual vegetable cocas. Both starters were most enjoyable. Our host selected  the local house white wine, Santpere and a red Monastrell called Tempus Regit which were both priced at €9.00.

For main course most of our party opted for lamb chops in garlic whereas one of our members chose secreto de cerdo (pork).


Our host traded up with a further bottle of local red wine called Romanico (€14).

We were all pretty full at this stage so we skipped the desserts and instead had coffees and brandy. Cost of this enjoyable, cosy lunch was a modest €16.83 p.p.

Don´t forget to book in advance!

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