Jun 012018
 
FINCA LINDI,                   LLIBER             965731125

 ★★★★★ 

What a culinary adventure!

On the road from Senija to Llíber (CV745) just before entering the village of Llíber is a turnoff to the right, which is the road to Gata de Gorgos. Here at the junction you will find Finca Lindi.

It is a lovely old house, which is run as a B&B, but from the outside you would have no idea that, by appointment only, Gerard, the Owner/Masterchef  will prepare an outstanding lunch for you. Between the months of September and June up to 20 guests at a time will be served a 7-course lunch on two days each month.  In our case Gerard prepared a special 5-course lunch just for our members at a special price of €25.

 

 

We started our lunch with amuse bouche of crispy mussels tempura served with pickled cream.

Our second course was smoked salmon on a carpaccio of cucumber and capers and this delicious dish was followed by a white and green asparagus soup complete with quails eggs, fine slices of ham and dried chorizo.

 

The fourth course was medallion of pork tenderloin with gambas, served with vegetables, a scoop of rice, mushrooms and a wonderful garlic sauce with herbs.

The wines selected by our host to accompany our exotic dishes were a Palacio de Bornos 2017 verdejo (€5.65) and a 2015 Palacio de Bornos that had been aged in oak (€8.75).  The red was a delicious Bozeto 2016 from Rioja (€7.99)

For dessert we enjoyed a panacota with meringue, vanilla ice cream and warm cherries. This special lunch concluded with coffee, friandises and brandy and cost €34.90 p.p.

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Apr 272018
 
MAÑET,          MORAIRA     966490181

 ★★★★★ 

Delightful experience

 

 

Located at Avenida del Portet 126, in the Portet area of Moraira,  Mañet is a guesthouse with a restaurant and a substantial outdoor area complete with bars and al fresco dining overlooking the Mediterranean.

The buildings are modern and understated.

We opted for eating indoors as the weather outside was a bit misty. The head waiter advised us that the menu del día cost €18.  For this we would each receive three starters, a main course and dessert.

The starters were Carpaccio, baked potato with goats cheese and a lamb pasta envelope. All delicious and stylishly presented.

 

 

 

Our host selected Marques de Griñon Rueda Verdejo (€18) and Viña Salceda 2015 Crianza from Rioja (€14.50) and they certainly complemented the dishes.

We were served an orange and cava sorbet before continuing on to our main course. The choices were Bonito, rice with noodles or Cerdo Iberico and we all chose this latter dish which was tasty and most enjoyable.

 

 

 

Finally our dessert was chocolate cake with ice cream and served with a glass of Pedro Ximénez sherry. Together with coffees our elegant lunch by the seaside in Moraira cost €31.56 p.p.

 

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YAHO, DENIA

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Apr 132018
 
YAHO,               DENIA          966432665

 ★★★★★ 

Outstanding!

This restaurant opened at the beginning of March 2018 in the building that once housed the Tourist Office on Calle Dr Manuel Lattur no.1 near the waterfront in Denia. It is close by the railway station which means there is ample parking nearby.

The owners have clearly invested in the transformation of the interior which is divided up into well designed elegant areas.

 

 

 

We were advised that there are other Yaho restaurants down the coast in Murcia  and in common with this one offer a mixture of Chinese, Thai and Japanese dishes.

The Monday to Friday menu del día costs a remarkable €10. There is an à la carte menu for evening diners which offers a menu for two persons at €36. Our lunch started with a delicious crispy salad served with a Thai sauce.

 

There followed a choice of spring roll, skewer of pork with Mongolian marinade or deep-fried cheese all of which were outstanding.

 

There were 8 dishes on offer for the main course and we chose spicy chicken Gon-bao, duck à la orange, fillet of tuna and tempura vegetable.

 

Accompanying the main course were delicious Chinese noodles, rice or potatoes.

Our host selected wines from the Tarragona region, the red called Armonica Reserva and the white Verdejo Faustino Rivera were both priced at a modest €6.95.

Finally for dessert we all had vanilla ice cream deep fried in batter. This outstanding four course lunch, including coffees and brandy cost just €15.60 p.p.

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Nov 172017
 
EL NOU CAVALL VERD,  FLEIX        645527300

 ★★★★★ 

Stunning in every way

Inland from Orba lies the beautiful Val de Laguar and the villages of Campbell, Fleix and Benimaurell. Overlooking Campbell and on the edge of Fleix is the restaurant known for years as Cavall Verd or Green Horse, but since it was taken over by a traiteur from Pego called El Bollit it has been renamed El Nou Cavall Verd. El Bollit´s owner is Evarist Miralles, a top Valencian chef and his influence on the cuisine in his new restaurant is outstanding.

 

The menu del día costs €23.20 excluding bread and drinks. We got off to a good start when we were served a tasty croquette with a puchero filling on the house.

We enjoyed our freshly baked bread with slices of black pudding and lard.

 

For starters we were able to select three courses to share. These were artichoke tortilla with shrimps and pancetta iberica, vegetable cocas and a papillotte filled with herbs, ham and little sausages. Wonderful!

Our host selected a José Pariente Verdejo from Rueda (€15.40) and Bobal en Calma from Utiel Requena (€12.40) and these supported our courses perfectly.

Our main course selections included baby ribs lacquered in honey, meloso of lamb with eggplant and carrillera de ternera melosa with its sauce and vegetables. All excellent.

The chef decided on our desserts and they were terrific. Apfelstrudel with vanilla, a pear confit, and creamy chocolate with strawberries in a chocolate pot.

Our wonderful lunch served in a stunning setting looking down to the Mediterranean coast cost €40.50 p.p. including coffees and brandies and was worth every cent.

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Nov 102017
 
CASA LILI,        TEULADA          965744568

 ★★★★★ 

Oriental delights in a sophisticated setting.

Casa Lili is technically in Teulada although it is actually closer to Moriara.  It is to be found at the bottom of the hill from Teulada just off the final roundabout in the direction of Benitachell. It was formally Asador el Andaluz, but in the meantime the new Chinese owners have completely redecorated the restaurant and when we arrived for our lunch the car park was already full.

The menu del día is priced at just €9.95 for four courses and a glass of wine and there is a Japanese menu at €13.95. Most of us opted for the former menu whilst some decided to go à la carte.

 

 

The menu del día selection included sweet & sour soup or salad for the starter. Thereafter we moved on to a spring roll or a Mongolian pincho –both delicious.

 

 

For main course we chose Thai beef which was also excellent although the lemongrass was a little tough.

The house wines accompanying our lunch were a white Rioja called Marques de Vitoria and a red Ribero del Duero called Vegazar – both very much in tune with the cuisine and priced at €8.95.

Our off piste members selected dumplings and a typically Spanish dish of garlic prawns for their starters, following these up with two different curries. The main courses were all served with fried rice.

One of our group opted for ice cream for dessert, but the rest of us were already replete and settled for coffees and brandies. The cost of this oriental delight in sophisticated surroundings was a modest €23 p.p..

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Jun 192017
 

AGUA DE MAR , MARINA DE DENIA, DENIA.    966425007

 ★★★★★ 

 ¡¡Viva Denia!!

Menu del Dia:  Euro 20.80 and 26.90 Number of attendees:  Seven and one visitor.

   

The Restaurant “Agua de Mar” is located on the south side of Denia’s port area known as “Marina de Denia”.  The large terrace, located on the first floor, enjoys views of the yacht harbour and Denia Castle on one side, the other vista being the bay of Denia.  The interior of the restaurant is very attractive and intimate.

   

Parking in the Marina is no problem except perhaps on weekends. Only 3 of the 8 members present opted for the Menu del Dia at Euros 20.80 which consisted of four well-presented starters, for the main course a choice of six rice dishes, a meat or fish dish, followed by a choice of four desserts. The rest of the group chose puntilla de calamar, pulpo a la brasa, mejillones and carpaccio de higos from a wide selection of starters.  As a main course tartare de ternera de Gallega, solomillo con salsa trufa, rape azafaran and ensalada bogavante were the preferred choice. All dishes were freshly cooked, and served on hot plates.  White table-cloths and serviettes and an excellent service is the trademark of this restaurant. Both wines chosen cost Euros 15.50 each.  For the white we had a Rueda – Verdejo Berasategui – the restaurant’s house wine, and the red Ribero del Duero – Manso 3 meses – both of which were very much appreciated.

     

The lunch per person cost Euros 42.60 including coffee and brandy – not cheap, but worth it.

The location, excellent food, wines and service were praised and appreciated by all the members!

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Mar 102017
 
TASCA 42,            MORAIRA          965745594

 ★★★★★ 

Tapas treats in Moraira

Tasca 42 is located about one kilometre outside Moraira at Ctra. Moraira Calpe 128. It is a small tapas restaurant tastefully decorated and hosted by a friendly, service orientated Italian/Spanish couple. It belongs to that genre of innovative, high quality “Tascas” which are redefining the tapas concept, in this case with a slant towards organic vegetarian dishes.

Michele, the Italian owner, suggested a range of seven tapas, for a food price of €12 per person, an exceptional price/quality deal.

The wines were a white Campillo fermented in barrel (€10) and a Faustino Rioja Crianza; again great value at €9.

The tapas selection was as follows: calamar andaluza, mejillones al vapor (we had two portions as they were so good), habas con jamon iberico, croquettas de zanahoria, albondigas de berengena, el secreto iberico and a new tapa of the day –a mini hamburger of pork and liver with caramelised onion and spinach.

All in all, an excellent experience costing €18.90 p.p.  Recommended to visit soon before the prices go up.

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Feb 242017
 
TRIBUS GOURMET DINER,          BENITACHELL          966493291

 ★★★★★ 

Divine

Tribus Gourmet Diner is located at the top of Benitachell at Avenida Alicante 51. The small restaurant has a very pleasant ambience and quirky décor. On offer is a tasting menu of six divine courses for €20 including a half bottle of wine.

Starting with toast, olives and mild alioli we moved on to enjoy a tempura dish of chicken, prawn mushroom and pineapple.

 

The tomato soup with basil was orgasmic. Accompanying these wonderfully presented dishes was a Rioja called Campo Aldea and a Verdejo from LaMancha called Allozo (€9.50).

 

 

A tasty dish of light salmon with a mojo sauce followed by a perfecrtly cooked small portion of fillet mignon.

Our gourmet lunch was completed with a brownie and ice cream. Neill, the owner and chef of Tribus is an inspiration.

Along with coffee and brandy this fabulous lunch cost €27.73.

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Nov 112016
 
FOR AMUR,      DENIA    629658120

 ★★★★★ 

Terrific Tapas

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Carrer de Fora Mur runs along the eastern side of Denia Castle and at no.3 is the quirky restaurant called For Amur.

 

 

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There is a limited menu del día priced at €13 which one of our members chose. The starter was a plate of deep fried monkfish tails and the main course marinated pigs cheeks followed by a dessert of strawberries and ice cream.

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However For Amur is renowned for its wonderful tapas dishes, as we discovered. We shared a selection of six different tapas including garlic gambas, sardines, mini pizzas called cocas, patatas bravas, mini hamburgers called figatell  and an unusual ravioli. Every one freshly prepared and absolutely delicious.dsc01530

The wines to accompany these wonderful tapas were a Rueda Verdejo called Canto Real (€12.50) and a crianza Rioja called Cerro Añoñ (€13).

The desserts were all homemade and together with coffees and brandies our stunning tapas lunch cost €29.76 p.p.dsc01538

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Sep 092016
 
RESTAURANTE PITONS,  PEDREGUER   654872338

 ★★★★★ 


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Restaurante Pitons is located on the road between Pedreguer and Benidoleig at Partida Campell 14. It was formerly based in Orba where it operated under the name of El Quijote, but has now moved to larger premises with plenty of parking spots.dsc01277

 

Former customers of El Quijote will recognise many of the rustic pieces of furniture in the new surroundings and there is a substantial terrace for al fresco dining.dsc01276

The menu del día still costs just €12 including a half bottle of house wine which is exceptional value. The wines were from La Mancha and called Carlades.

First up were a selection of tapas on the house – croquetas, cocas, and cheese and jamon on slices of bread.

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The starters that we ordered then arrived, a spectacularly presented langoustines and fresh pineapple, avocado with prawns and the famous patatas a lo pobre – a substantial plate of bacon, eggs and sautéed potatoes.dsc01282

 

 

Moving on to our main course we indulged chicken smothered in a delicious mustard sauce, chicken with an excellent spicy sauce and a huge churrasco de ternera.

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We rounded off the lunch with almond tart and ice cream and then indulged in the selection  of digestifs which amazingly were also included in the price of the menu del día.

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