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!

JS 78

 

 

Feb 222019
 
VARADERO,                    JAVEA         965791683

 ★★★★☆ 

Worth seeking out  

This curiously named restaurant (Varadero means “dry dock” in Spanish) is located on Plaza President Sr. Adolfo Suarez in the port area of Javea.

 

 

It would be easy to walk past the entrance as it is underbranded, but once inside the welcome from Souraya, the charming Lebanese owner is most reassuring.

We were presented tasty pita bread and hummus whilst we studied the menu del día which was priced at €15.

 

 

For starters we had vermicelli consommé, fried boquerones (anchovies), and migas malaquenos which turned out to be poched egg on a spicy mix of bread crumbs and mince.

Our host selected the house wines, both from the not so well known region of Almansa, the white a 100% Verdejo called Santa Cruz and the red a Garnacha called Albarroble, both priced at €13 and perfectly acceptable.

The main courses included cajan style prawns, ribeye steaks, vegetable lasagne and traditional fish & chips. All good.

Desserts were apple tart and a cream roly-poly called brazo de gitano. These were followed by the highlight of our lunch, the preparation of  “Queimada Gallega” an Orujo based liqueur  set on fire. The flambé ritual was expertly carried out by Borja, a proud Galician,  and enhanced our enjoyable lunch which cost €25.56 p.p.

RH 77

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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