The Beachcomber Restauran, Mojacar, Almeria, Spain: Gorgeous food and friendly atmosphere, you should
Gorgeous food and friendly atmosphere, you should go!
It’s been a while since I was last in Mojacar and on arrival I immediately went for a meal to my favourite restaurant the Beachcomber. It's like going to your best friend’s house who happens to be a really good cook. The reception from the staff was as if I was a long lost friend, I said it’s only been a year!
Where else would you get a 3 course meal for €10.00 and not compromise on quality of food. I couldn’t believe they have again upped their game with the three course menus with home made and home and freshly oven cooked meals to order, unbelievable! I also had from the main menu another new meal on the menu, home made cottage pie, it was massive and full of tasty beef mince, freshly oven baked for me while I waited, I thought this isn’t possible, it is. I ordered it with home made chips and baked beans and home made gravy.
You only have to look at the photos on their website to see the sort of food the beachcomber serves. They don’t fool about with your meal as you can see, just good food and plenty of it at damm good prices.
The Beachcomber also has Wifi for customers to use.
Favorite Dish: Slow roasted lamb shank with minted lamb gravy. Falls off the bone and tastes great. Served with whatever you like but for me buttered and mashed potato and garden peas.
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Ostería: Real Italian in Spain!
I was bemused by another post regarding Mojácar in general and its restaurants in particular, so as one who has lived near there fo 10 years I feel the need to put the record straight.
Mojácar beach is in fact 17 kms long - some of it is even blue-flagged. There is one small area of not much more than 1km which is dominated by a selection of British restaurants and tends to attract the English tourists. I can be pretty snobbish about food but even I would not describe the majority as tacky if you compare them with what you see on the Costa Blanca and Costa del Sol.
I just did a quick count of those restaurants in Mojácar I could think of off the top of my head and lost count at 70. Of these probably 10 are British, certainly no more. The rest are pretty diverse: Chinese, Indian, Thai, Mexican, Italian and many Spanish. And of course the wonderful Chiringuitos on the beach side which specialise in fish in the summer months.
We do lunchtime Menu del Día at a variety of Spanish places but our current favourite for an evening out is Italian. Osetería is real Italian food cooked by a real Italian, Simone Brotto, the owner. Marco the waiter is a delight. The atmosphere is great, it is tastefully decorated, white linen and lovely big glasses, and there are so many good things on the menu it would be hard to list them all but the emphasis is on excellent pastas and proper pizzas but with plenty of other delights to tempt you into meat, poultry and fish. The service is attentive and friendly but not overpowering and you only have to return once to be recognised. They also do an excellent Menu del Día at lunchtime for about 2€ more than the going rate in a typical Spanish restaurant, but well worth the difference for a more sophisticated taste experience.
Favorite Dish: I tend to judge Italian restaurants by their Spaghetti alle vongole, because it is easy to do badly and hard to do well. At Osteria it is outstanding: spaghetti cooked just al dente, just enough of a hint of garlic and parsley and fat, juicy clams. Very simple but the best.
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Omega - Mojacar Playa: Real Spanish
Mojacar is two towns the 'pueblo' up in the hill and the 'playa' the strip on the beach. (Long strip about 4 miles/6kms). It has got plenty of tacky restaurants that are designed to attract the tourists who are 70% English (except on Spanish holidays when there is a big weekend influx of Spaniards). Almost at the end of the playa the Restaurant OMEGA is located under a big neon omega symbol. It is one of the few local restaurants serving local food. Dad cooks and Mum serves with the kids helping out on busy periods when they are not at school. Food is simple Pork, Steak, Fish of the day. If you want a paella or a braised leg of lamb (which is fabulous) call in the day before or at lunchtime and order. Dont be put off if the restaurant is empty as the locals dont really arrive before 9pm. This is local, simple not haute cusine. With drink before and bottle of wine tough to spend more than €55 for two (2006). There is a teeny tapas bar at the back with TV if you like spanish football.
There are also a great Argentinian Steak house about 4 doors down. It has a name but everyone calls it 'The Argentinian'. V good value - only does steaks - no fish.
Favorite Dish: Braised leg of lamb (ternera - I think). they must cook it for hours in a v low oven as you almost dont need a knife. Meat falls off the bone. Remember - best to order day before as it runs out v quickly.
MIRAMAR: THE BEST LEG OF LAMB EVER...
GREAT FOOD WITH AMPLE PORTIONS. LOVELY SCENIC COUNTRY VIEWS, HIGH UP IN THE MOUNTAIN. YOU CAN SIT OUTISDE, OR THERE ARE VARIOUS DINING AREAS.
Favorite Dish: THE RACK OF LAMB FOR TWO IS ONLY €16. COMES WITH VEGETABLES, POTATOES.
IT IS COVERED IN HERBS AND IS VERY TASTY.
GOOD SERVICE, SOME STAFF SPEAK ENGLISH.
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COWBOY COCINA: Ride em Cowboy
American Cowboy style restaurant. Dining outside. The bar area is fitted with saddle stools, cow print sofas etc.
The settings is nice and relaxing, Elvis music in the background. Food is good.
Favorite Dish: You get a free salad to start with with crunchy homemade coleslaw. My favourite dish was the Burger, Chicken and bacon in a bun. Massive american sized portions.
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