BASTA ! DENIA

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Jan 252019
 
BASTA !                  DENIA          965753988

 ★★★★☆ 

Good enough!

Basta! is a lounge bar and restaurant located in the port of Denia, with expensive yachts moored nearby and wonderful views of the sea, Denia castle and the looming mountain Montgó.

 

 

 

The restaurant has a warm and relaxed atmosphere with a large terrace and very friendly and attentive staff. On Sundays they have live music and on Friday evenings they offer a surprise dish with salads for just €10 to celebrate the start of the weekend.

The menu del día is priced at €15.50 for four courses. Our first course was a red tuna tatami, served with soy sauce, sesame, wasabi mayonnaise, wakame and tomato. Some of group opted to have their tuna cooked, rather than raw.

Second course was mini sirloin skewer with shiracha sauce, pickled cabbage, peanuts and prawn cracker – delicious!

The main course was entrecote grilled to everyone´s taste with roast potatoes, green pepper sauce and asparagus – wonderful!

Finally we finished our lunch with raspberry sorbet with fresh fruit and mango sauce.

 

Our host selected Vina Paceta, a rioja crianza 2015, which was most enjoyable (€16.50).

 

Coffee and brandies completed a memorable lunch which cost €30 p.p.

PM 75

 

Jan 182019
 
RINCON DE CALPE,               CALPE      965832460

 ★★★★☆ 

Traditional Spanish

Calle Oscar Esplá is one of many small streets connected to Avenida Gabriel Miró, the principal street of old town Calpe. The unassuming Rincon de Calpe is situated at no.2 with  a small frontage.

 

As is often the case, the bar area leads into a large and comfortable dining area which is decorated with tiles, paintings and a beamed ceiling.

It was a chilly January day when we entered and we were the only foreigners present but the welcome was warm. The menu del diá was priced at €15.25 for three courses and one drink. For starters there was a selection of tapas, salad and albondigas. The main course was either a mixed meat paella or chicken breast with a red pepper sauce.

 

 

Some of our group opted to go á la carte and enjoyed garlic soup or tortilla for starters followed up with pork chops (€10.25) and delicious grilled  prawns in garlic (€14.50).

 

Our host selected a very enjoyable Ribero del Duero called Senerio Real (€15.25).

We rounded off our traditional Spanish lunch with coffees and brandy and this brought the cost to €28.60 p.p.

JS 75

Jan 042019
 
SIETE LUNAS,              CALPE     965034129

 ★★★★☆ 

A shining sun

Carrer Dr. Fleming is at the edge of the centre of Calpe, quite close to Avenida Gabriel Míro and there are lots of restaurants in this area.

Siete Lunas is located at no. 7 on the Carrer and is a modern style restaurant, which is much larger on the inside than it appears to be on the  outside. Siete Lunas is run by a friendly Dutch/German couple and has a pleasant ambiance.

 

There are two menus del día on offer: menu Siete Lunas priced at €20.75 and menu Gourmet priced at €30. Both menus offer a wide choice of starters, main courses and desserts.

 

 

 

We ordered Atun ahomado, French onion soup and Hojaldre Mariscos for our starters and all were very tasty.

 

 

 

 

Our host chose a lovely Rioja to accompany our meal from Ramon de Bilbao (€23.75)

For our main courses we had Babi Ketjap, Hojaldre with wild mushrooms, and steak with red pepper sauce. One of our group found the Babi Ketjap a bit salty but otherwise everyone else was very pleased with their choice.

 

 

 

 

 

Two of us had Siete Lunas coffee for dessert, the rest of us had coffee and brandies and this very pleasant lunch cost €34.43 p.p.

LdD 79

 

 

 

Dec 212018
 
CLUB DE TENIS,               JAVEA       965791911

 ★★★★☆ 

Game, set and lunch!

 

The Javea tennis club is located on the Ctra. Cabo la Nao in the Arenal area and is well known for producing some good Spanish players, the most famous being David Ferrer. The restaurant is at the back of the complex that includes tennis and paddel courts, a swimming pool and many fine palm trees. The restaurant is renowned for rice dishes, Mediterranean fare and tapas.

It offers two menus del día; the one priced at €18 includes four starters, four main courses and three desserts. For starters we chose mussels and a delicious homemade soup. These were followed by a tenderloin fillet, sole and chicken cordon bleu.  Most of us opted for the €11 menu and enjoyed pumpkin soup and the same chicken and fish dishes from the more expensive menu and it included a half bottle of wine in the price!

Our host selected Cal y Canto verdejo white wine and the same label red, both priced at €14.

All in all, an excellent lunch in an atmospheric setting, for a reasonable price. Next time we will bring our tennis racquets!  Cost p.p. €19.26

JB 75

 

 

Dec 072018
 
LA REBOTICA,           JAVEA        966461318

 ★★★★☆ 

A back room with a difference

A group of four of us visited La Rebotica, an apothecary and surgery of the distant past, but now a thriving tapas bar and restaurant on Calle San Bartolomé in Javea Old Town.

A warm and friendly welcome awaited with a good variety of tapas, however unfortunately a number of their flagship lines were not available on the day; this was the restaurant was going to close the next day for a two month holiday break.

 

 

We shared five dishes, namely Gambas al ajillo (€12), Tempura de veduras (€9), Chopitos (€9), grilled red mullet (€10) and pimientos del Padron (€6).

 

All were very tasty but we were left the thought of what might have been.

The accompanying wines were Darsena Rueda (€13) and an excellent Bai Gorri crianza (€19) from La Rioja.

For dessert we enjoyed pumpkin tart and profiterole and these were followed by coffee and brandy, which was kindly offered by the proprietor. An enjoyable lunch which cost €26.10 p.p.

RH 75

Nov 232018
 
EL BENIASIA,            CALPE      965875533

 ★★★★☆ 

Outstanding!

El BeniAsia is to be found at Avenida del peurto no.5 within walking distance of the spectacular Peñon de Ifach in Calpe. It is easy to spot on the drive down to the port as there are a pair of golden lions outside the entrance.

Our hostess was from Shangai but the cuisine was not exclusively Chinese as it included Thai specialities. The menu options are vast and although we were five in number we chose a menu for six (€66) as the selection of dishes was wider than for the menu for five (€55).

There were nine courses included in our menu and we started with a large spring roll each served up with delicious sweet and sour sauce.

 

Thereafter we worked our way through crispy aromatic duck, sweet and sour chicken and substantial spare ribs with barbecue sauce.

Included in the menu price was a half bottle of house wine per person, both came from Cariñena, the red called Viña Arazu was rather better than the thin white called Macabeo. Our host kindly traded up to Sangre de Toro (€8.95) and a 2018 Rueda called Arribeño (7.95) that could only have been a few weeks old, but nonetheless was acceptable.

 

Our lunch continued with sizzling duck with sour sauce, pack-choi, Szechuan chicken and finally, Thai beef.  The different courses were accompanied by fried rice and fried noodles.

 

 

 

 

Most of us skipped having dessert –ice cream or flan, and instead opted for coffees with chopitos of brandy offered by the house. This outstanding lunch cost €16.58 p.p.

SL 79

Nov 162018
 
AN SHEBEEN,            JAVEA         965776197

 ★★★★☆ 

Great value at the “Irish”

An evocative revisit to An Shebeen in Javea, popularly known as the “Irish”  by our group of six; one of us, an ex-proprietor and another an inspiration for the original concept.

Now owned by four Spaniards after 5 years of closed doors, the pub remains essentially unchanged, a warm ambiance with a consistent Irish theme, of which the excellent pint of Guinness (€4.25)is a feature.

 

A well priced menu del día at €9.95 was selected by three of us, starting with a tasty “revuelto” followed by grilled hake or a meat stew.

 

 

 

All very acceptable. Those going off-piste had garlic prawns, a Hereford beef burger and a goat cheese salad curiously named after George Best. Again positive feedback.

 

 

The wines selected by our host were an excellent Verdejo from Ruedo called Ayre (€12.50), followed by an equally worthy Bobal from Utiel Requeña called Nodus (€15.75). The choice of wines is certainly more extensive under the new owners of An Shebeen.

 

All in all, a thoroughly enjoyable lunch with good value food and drinks (€22 p.p.) and the welcoming atmosphere of this Irish pub.

RH 76

Nov 022018
 
TAURINO,             ONDARA      966491251

 ★★★★☆ 

Great lunch, no bull

Restaurante Taurino is to be found on Avenida Dr Fleming 42, in Ondara just down the street from the iconic Bullring. From the outside Taurino is rather nondescript but inside it is a warm cosy venue run by Bolivians.

There are four menus del día ranging in price from just €11 to €22. There is a choice of eight starters and our members selected langoustines and a substantial goat cheese salad. Both excellent.

We all chose different main courses, three of them fish based; cod, trout and langoustines served on potato which didn´t really combine well.

 

Our meat eater had pork fillet wrapped in Serrano ham and was not disappointed. Our host selected Darsena Verdejo (€14) and Ramon Bilbao Rioja (€16), both well appreciated.

Our choice of desserts ranged from a Brownie, apple pie with ice cream and a fruit Macedonia, all very tasty.

Taurino was packed with lunchers but the staff coped very well and including coffees and chopitos our enjoyable lunch cost just under €25 p.p.

LdD 77

ATALAYA, JAVEA

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Oct 052018
 
ATALAYA,           JAVEA           966289666

 ★★★★☆ 

Lunch with a view

Atalaya has spectacular views overlooking the Arenal bay, and we spent much of our lunch looking out at rollers sweeping in from the Mediterranean to provide much enjoyment to the bathers.

The restaurant is located on the first floor and is substantial in size.

 

There is a menu del día priced at €20 which delivers three starters to share – Gouda cheese salad, beef carpaccio and ham croquettes. Both of the latter dishes were judged to be very good but the cheese salad rather bland.

For the main course most of our menu del día group chose Arroz a banda but were not impressed. The other member had lamb chops with fries and was satisfied with his choice.

The members going á la carte enjoyed deep fat fried cheese balls presented as lollipops (€7.50) and followed these up with racks of wonderfully tender pork ribs (€12).

In fact the ribs were so substantial that one portion would have been enough to feed two.  One of our group opted for pork fillet served with a delicious mushroom sauce (€10.50).

Our host selected a Rueda Verdejo called Musgo and a Rioja called Marques de Atrio both acceptable and priced at €12.

 

 

Later in the lunch our host resisted the temptation of a Vega Sicilia which would have cost over €160 but instead settled on a further Rioja more modestly priced at €16.

An enjoyable lunch with great views costing €26.38 p.p.

PD/SL 75

 

Sep 212018
 
DOLCE & SALATO,               JAVEA      672444552

 ★★★★☆ 

The sweet life

Dolce & Salato is one of a line of restaurants, at number 13, on the Paseo Marina Española which is a pedestrian street leading to the port of Javea. The view over the Mediterranean gives one a very comfortable sense of well- being.

We selected a menu of tapas dishes costing €13.60. For this one could have up to five out of a total of seven tapas.  Interestingly our hosts were both Polish,  Kryzy and his wife Kate, but the cuisine was typical Mediterranean.

 

First up were patatas bravas and beef kebab. Thereafter was a tapa of peppers stuffed with a cod reduction and chopitos of baby squid and garlic prawns.

The wines were from the Enguera region of Valencia priced at €13 & €14. The owners of Dolce & Salato have their own wine labels, and their choice of name for the vino tinto was interesting to say the least: Bloody Red!

We found ourselves to be a bit peckish after the tapas so we all had desserts – apple pie with ice cream, cheesecake and coffee mousse. All tasty but at €5.50, a bit pricey compared with the tapas.

After factoring in our pre- lunch beers, wine, coffee and a chopito our final bill totalled €28.62 p.p.

KK 76