Alicante Restaurants

  • Soho Parc, Alicante
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    Soho Parc: Outdoor drinks on Plaza Portal de Elche

    by SWFC_Fan Written Feb 20, 2015

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    There are 3 Soho cafes in Alicante; Soho Mar (overlooking the city's marina), Soho Plaza (located on Plaza del Ayuntamiento near the Town Hall) and Soho Parc (located in the pleasant square of Plaza Portal de Elche, just off the Rambla).

    We visited Soho Parc one evening during our stay in the city in January 2015.

    Unlike the other two cafes, Soho Parc isn't a proper cafe as such. It is a small kiosk, located in the centre of the square, surrounded by outdoor seating under the shade of the huge, ancient trees that populate the square.

    Despite being a cool January evening, Soho Parc was reasonably busy. A number of patio heaters were located amongst the tables, making al-fresco drinking that bit more comfortable. We sat at a table right next to one of the heaters and it gave off enough heat to keep us all warm.

    The menu included a few snack foods (olives, potato chips, plates of ham), desserts (ice cream, crepes, waffles), a large selection of cocktails, wines, beer, spirits, soft drinks, coffees and teas.

    At the end of an evening that had seen us enjoy a few glasses of Rioja during our tapas bar crawl, we were happy to order hot drinks. Emma and I had cups of green tea (€1.80 each), while Emma's mum had a coffee with milk (€1.90).

    A pleasant spot for an outdoor drink at any time of day or night.

    Soho Parc, Alicante Green tea at Soho Parc, Alicante

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    Tarantino Pizzeria-Restaurante: Good value set menu options on Explanada de Espana

    by SWFC_Fan Written Aug 24, 2014

    We ate at Tarantino Pizzeria-Restaurante on our final afternoon in Alicante in October 2013.

    This tourist-oriented restaurant is located on Alicante's seafront Explanada de Espana promenade. The covered outdoor dining area is surrounded by large photos of famous Italian sights, such as Venice's Grand Canal.

    It offered a number of Italian specialities, as well as a large selection of other international dishes. However, it was the special "Menu del Dia" at €8.90 per person (+ 10% VAT bringing the total to €9.79 per person) that caught our eye. It consisted of three courses, with bread and a choice of either dessert or coffee.

    There were several similar establishments along the Explanada de Espana offering similarly priced set menus, but this one looked to have more/better choices to pick from.

    There were 3 options for the first course:

    Green salad;
    Pasta salad;
    Gazpacho.

    I opted for the Gazpacho – a large bowl of cold soup with a strong taste of tomato and (unfortunately, as it's one of the few foods I dislike) cucumber, with an accompanying bowl of croutons.

    Emma opted for the pasta salad, which contained pasta swirls, a generous helping of tuna, tomatoes and a few other vegetables.

    We received a basket containing a bread roll each.

    For the second course, there were 5 options to choose from:

    Squid and anchovies;
    Scrambled eggs with prawns;
    Fish carpaccio;
    Assorted cold meat;
    Onion soup.

    I opted for the scrambled eggs with prawns, which was tasty and also included peppers and garlic.

    Emma enjoyed a hot bowl of onion soup.

    For the third course, there were 8 options to choose from:

    Chicken and vegetable paella;
    "Paella Banda" (with prawns and squid);
    Spanish-style pork with chips;
    Grilled lamb with chips and peppers;
    Grilled salmon with chips;
    Haddock Marinera-style with chips;
    Lasagne;
    Cannelloni.

    I opted for the haddock marinera-style with chips – a fillet of haddock in a creamy sauce, with a handful of mussels and a side of French fries.

    Emma opted for the chicken and vegetable paella – a large dish of rice with chicken, peppers, beans, tomatoes and cauliflower.

    We shared a couple of desserts; a Spanish creme caramel flan and a tub of ice cream with chocolate sauce.

    All of the food was good, without being particularly memorable. We were just about to head to the airport for our flight home and were looking for something more substantial than tapas. The meal at Tarantino served this purpose and was good value for money.

    While the food was good value for money, the drinks were more expensive than average; €2.25 for my 350ml bottle of lemon Fanta and €2.25 for Emma's 500ml bottle of mineral water.

    Good value "menu of the day" options on Alicante's seafront promenade. Plenty of dishes to choose from.

    Tarantino Pizzeria-Restaurante, Alicante Menu of the Day at Tarantino, Alicante Gazpacho at Tarantino, Alicante Scrambled egg with prawns at Tarantino, Alicante Haddock Marinera-style at Tarantino, Alicante

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    La Cueva de 1900: Decent value breakfast menus

    by SWFC_Fan Written Aug 24, 2014

    We ate breakfast at La Cueva de 1900 on our final morning in Alicante in October 2013.

    This large cafe is located on Avenida de Alfonso X El Sabio, just a short walk from the Mercado Central market building.

    It had the feeling of a local tapas bar, especially with its impressive selection of ham joints hanging from the ceiling, but is in fact part of a chain of restaurants.

    We ordered from the breakfast ("Desayunos") menu which offered a few combination deals.

    I chose the Cafe + Montadito + Zumo de naranja option at €3.50.

    This consisted of a choice of hot drink (a "cafe con leche" for me), a warm baguette with a choice of fillings (I had wanted the "tortilla patatas" potato omelette, but they had run out, so I settled for the "jamon" ham instead) and a glass of fresh orange juice.

    Emma wasn't bothered about a cold drink, so opted for the Cafe + Montadito option at €2.50. She had a green tea and a ham filled baguette.

    Decent value breakfast options in the heart of Alicante.

    La Cueva de 1900, Alicante Interior at La Cueva de 1900, Alicante Breakfast menu at La Cueva de 1900, Alicante Montadito, coffee and orange juice Cafe con leche at La Cueva de 1900, Alicante

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    El Burlaero: Our favourite tapas bar in Alicante!

    by SWFC_Fan Written Aug 24, 2014

    El Burlaero was our favourite tapas bar during our stay in Alicante in October 2013.

    It is located on Calle San Francisco, a pedestrianised side street with a handful of tapas bars that spill out onto the street in an evening. Indeed, we were unable to get a seat at any of the outdoor tables, so we made our way inside and perched ourselves on stools at the bar (as we so often do in Spanish tapas bars!).

    There were joints of ham hanging from the ceiling, bullfighting posters on the walls and rows of bottles of Rioja above the bar. Just the kind of local place that we enjoy eating at.

    The counter on the bar, which is often used to display tapas dishes, instead contained raw meat here. It would be taken into the kitchen where the dishes were prepared and delivered directly to the tables.

    We didn't realise this at the time, but each round of drinks that we ordered came with a complimentary plate of tapas.

    We each ordered a glass of Rioja. A short while later, a plate of food appeared on the glass counter in front of us. We assumed that the chef had left it there for the waiter to pick up and take to one of the outdoor tables, so we left it alone. The friendly barman, who spoke a little English, indicated that it was for us....so we tucked in.

    Our first round of Riojas came with a plate of patatas alioli - potatoes in a creamy garlic dip with breadsticks.

    The more we drank, the more substantial the dishes became.

    Our second round of Riojas came with a larger plate of patatas bravas - potatoes in a spicy tomato sauce sprinkled with paprika.

    Our next round of Riojas came with a meaty dish containing a generous portion of chorizo, ham and crusty bread.

    Our final round of drinks (another Rioja for me and a green tea for Emma) were on the house – but still came with a hearty plate of food. This time it was pork with peppers and potatoes.

    We left with the happy glow that several glasses of Rioja brings and with full and satisfied stomachs. Alas, it was our final night in Alicante, otherwise we would have returned here again for sure.

    With our final round of drinks being on the house, we were just charged for 6 glasses of Rioja, at €2 each, meaning a total bill of just €12.00 – which was ridiculously good value for 8 drinks, four delicious tapas dishes and an enjoyable couple of hours.

    Our favourite tapas bar in Alicante. Incredibly good value for money. Hopefully we'll return again in future. Highly recommended!!

    El Burlaero, Alicante Interior at El Burlaero, Alicante Rioja at El Burlaero, Alicante Patatas bravas at El Burlaero, Alicante Chorizo, ham and bread at El Burlaero, Alicante

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    Pikadura: Friendly cafe, restaurant and bar

    by Aitana Updated Nov 3, 2013

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    Pikadura is a friendly restaurant and bar.
    The location is unique, on the Explanade, in front or the sea. The terrace is the best place to enjoy a meal or a drink; there are also some tables inside.
    The staff is very friendly, young people caring for the quality of the restaurant, preparing good cocktails and doing their best to satisfy their clients.
    Pikadura takes part in the contest “ir de tapas por Alicante”, offering one of their specialties, tosta alicantina.
    On Saturday evening there is usually life music played by emerging artists.

    The staff and clients in a party

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    La Taberna de Tito: Mediterranean cuisine

    by Aitana Written Nov 3, 2013

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    La taberna de Tito is a small restaurant with a few tables inside, but most of the tables are outside, on the square behind the City Hall, in a nice environment.
    I have been a few times and I have enjoyed the dinners there.

    Favorite Dish: The Croquetas de Joselito (ham croquettes) are big and delicious, perhaps the best I’ve ever eaten. Also the “PeTito de ternera”, a particular version of the steak sandwich made with “pan de cristal”, a type of bread with a crispy crust and very thin.

    Ham croquettes

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    Alma del Sur: Andalusian style fritters

    by Aitana Updated Nov 3, 2013

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    This small tavern, very close to the Cathedral, is specialized in andalusian style fritters: fish, vegetables, shrimps, etc.
    Fritters are served in paper cones, so that you can also take away.
    We’ve been there a few times and all the specialities we have tried were delicious.

    They have two taverns else: at Bulevar del Pla, where the local is quite larger, and at San Francisco street.

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    Bodeguita 1999: Good value Rioja and Pintxos

    by SWFC_Fan Written Oct 27, 2013

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    Bodeguita 1999 was one of several stops for us during a Rioja-fuelled tapas bar crawl on our final evening in Alicante in October 2013.

    At first glance, this rather upmarket establishment on Calle Bailen (a street running parallel to La Rambla in the heart of Alicante) looked more like an expensive wine bar than a suitable tapas bar for budget conscious travellers. But then we spotted a chalk board outside that was advertising "Copa Rioja + 2 pintxos = €3.50". That seemed like a reasonable offer to us.

    We made our way inside and found a warm and welcoming dining area. As is often the case in Spanish tapas bars, the tables took the form of round surfaces attached to the top of wooden wine barrels. It was a Monday evening and the restaurant was largely empty; only one other table was occupied.

    We had already indulged in plenty of tapas that evening, so the offer of a glass of Rioja with a few nibbles was exactly what we were looking for.

    We didn't get to choose the pintxos ourselves, we just got what we were given. They came on a wooden board and consisted of two different types. There were two slices of crusty bread topped with tartare sauce and small fried fish. I ate those ones. There were two slices of bread topped with ham, cheese and vegetables in a light tempura batter. Emma ate those ones. We both enjoyed the spicy Rioja red wine.

    Bodeguita 1999 serves more substantial meals, including meat dishes and paellas, as well as their bite sized pintxos (tapas) offerings.

    Good value Rioja and pintxos in pleasant surroundings.

    Bodeguita 1999, Alicante Bar area at Bodeguita 1999, Alicante Rioja at Bodeguita 1999, Alicante Pintxos at Bodeguita 1999, Alicante Fish pintxos at Bodeguita 1999, Alicante

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    Tapa-Caña: Good value tapas in a down-to-earth bar!

    by SWFC_Fan Written Oct 27, 2013

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    Tapa Caña was perhaps the most down-to-earth tapas bar that we visited during our stay in Alicante in October 2013.

    This unpretentious bar, filled mainly with locals on the evening that we visited, is located on the corner of Calle Aberola Romero, not far from La Rambla or Explanada de Espana. It was conveniently located just around the corner from our hotel (Explanada Hotel).

    It is the kind of place that we perhaps wouldn't have given a second glance, but the colourful posters outside were advertising its 1 year anniversary and a special offer of Cañas (small beers) for just €0.30. If we hadn't already spotted the posters, a local gentleman (slightly the worse for wear) happily pointed them out to us with a big grin on his face as we were deliberating whether or not to go inside. He had clearly been indulging in the cut price beers that evening...and we decided that we would too. Well, me at least. Emma doesn't like beer.

    As loud music blared out from the speakers, we managed to squeeze ourselves into a small space on the bar. Right next to us was a leg of ham. A few minutes later we would witness the barman slicing it into thin pieces as the latest round of tapas were prepared.

    I had a large Caña (Amstel beer). It was €0.90, but was 3 times larger than the small Caña (€0.30) that I followed it up with. Emma had a glass of red wine, followed by a glass of white wine, each costing €1.50.

    We both began with one of the ham tapas that the barman had prepared; slices of crusty bread topped with tomato puree and thin slices of the ham.

    At first we felt as though we were being overlooked. Plates of tapas were being delivered around the bar, but we were seemingly being missed out as they were given to seemingly local customers. However, within a few minutes we were being included in the rounds.

    Including the two ham tapas that we started with, we had a total of 8 tapas between us. They were priced at €0.90 each.

    I had:

    A slice of crusty bread topped with tomato puree and a skewer of grilled chicken;

    A portion of tiny fried fish, complete with heads and (edible) bones;

    A greasy potato pancake filled with small shrimps.

    Emma had a portion of croquettes filled with ham and melted cheese and a couple of other dishes that I don't recall.

    Our total bill for 8 tapas plates, 2 glasses of wine and a large and small beer was a very reasonable €11.40.

    Hearty local tapas dishes in a down-to-earth, backstreet tapas bar. Very good value for money!

    Tapa Ca��a, Alicante Tapa Ca��a 1 year anniversary (cheap beers!) Sitting at the bar at Tapa Ca��a, Alicante Grilled chicken skewer at Tapa Ca��a, Alicante Small fried fish at Tapa Ca��a, Alicante

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    Yo Yo Frozen Yogurt: Fresh yoghurt on Explanada de Espana

    by SWFC_Fan Written Oct 27, 2013

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    We had walked past Yo Yo Frozen Yogurt, which is located on the bustling seafront promenade of Explanada de Espana, several times during our visit to Alicante in October 2013. Fancying a change from ice cream, we decided to give it a try one morning.

    Yo Yo is a self service outlet. You pick up a tub and then help yourself to yoghurt from one of several machines that line the walls. Each machine contains two flavours of yoghurt, which are displayed above the levers. Lever 1 gives one flavour of yoghurt, lever 2 gives the other flavour, while lever 1+2 gives a mixture of the two flavours. It's pretty simple stuff.

    Once you have filled your tub with the desired amount of yoghurt, you can help yourself to various toppings and sauces.

    Flavours of yoghurt include pina colada, kiwi & lime, strawberry, pistachio, Madagascar vanilla, caramel, coconut and chocolate, amongst others

    Toppings include fresh fruit (kiwi, strawberries, mango, melon, watermelon), dried fruits, nuts, chocolates (broken pieces of Toblerone, Kit-Kat, Maltesers), sweets (marshmallows, gummy bears, smarties), cookies and cereals.

    I opted for the pina colada and kiwi & lime flavoured yoghurts, while Emma chose the pina colada and chocolate flavours. They were all tasty and enjoyable and a welcome change from ice cream.

    One thing to be aware of is that the yoghurt is priced based on weight. It costs €1.59 per 100g. If, like me, you have no real concept of how much a tub of yoghurt weighs then it is a good idea to weigh it as you go along (and certainly before you start adding lots of heavy toppings!). The cost mounts up pretty quickly. My average sized portion of yoghurt, with half a dozen or so pieces of kiwi on top, weighed in at 275g, equating to €4.37. Emma's similarly sized pot of yoghurt weighed in at 260g (or €4.13). So, compared to the nearby ice cream places, Yo Yo is fairly expensive.

    Nice, flavoursome fresh yoghurt with plenty of flavours to choose from and an abundant choice of toppings. More expensive than a similar sized portion of ice cream, but nice as a change.

    Yo Yo Frozen Yogurt, Alicante Self service machine at Yo Yo Frozen Yogurt Frozen yoghurt topped with kiwi fruit Kiwi and Lime flavoured yoghurt at Yo Yo, Alicante Toppings at Yo Yo Frozen Yogurt, Alicante

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    Lizarran (La Rambla branch): Breakfast at a popular tapas chain.

    by SWFC_Fan Written Oct 27, 2013

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    Lizarran is a chain of tapas restaurants with several franchises in Alicante, many more throughout the rest of Spain and, according to their website, several others in various countries throughout the world, from Lithuania to Mexico, Russia to Chile and the USA to Morocco.

    We ate at two of the Alicante branches during our stay in the city in October 2013. First, we ate at the Avenida Alfonso X El Sabio branch (opposite the El Corte Ingles shopping store) one evening and then we had breakfast at the more centrally located La Rambla branch one morning.

    This tip refers to our breakfast visit to the La Rambla branch; located on one of Alicante's major shopping and dining streets and just a few minutes walk inland from the marina.

    Many of the cafes around Alicante have breakfast offers where you can indulge in a hot drink with either a pastry or a tapas dish for between €2 and €3. Lizarran is no different. A menu board outside the cafe showed 3 options:

    Desayuno Clasico = €2.20

    Desayuno Natural = €2.75

    Desayuno Lizarran = €3.25

    We didn't discover what the various options meant. The Desayuno Clasico turned out to be a hot drink with 1 tapas dish. The other options would presumably have either included an additional tapas dish/pastry or a glass of fruit juice; that tended to be the case in other cafes in Alicante.

    I didn't actually realise that I was ordering a "Desayuno Clasico" when I ordered it, but that is how it appeared on the receipt and I was charged just €2.20 for a Cafe Solo (espresso) and a small baguette filled with potato omelette and Serrano ham.

    Emma's breakfast didn't fall under any of the offers. She had a croissant filled with cheese and ham (€3.20), which was freshly cooked as we watched, and a tea with milk (€1.20).

    We both got complimentary chocolates with our drinks.

    Good value breakfast deals at this popular tapas chain!

    Lizarran (La Rambla branch) Cafe Solo (espresso) at Lizarran, Alicante Breakfast baguette at Lizarran, Alicante Croissant with ham + cheese at Lizarran, Alicante Breakfast menu board at Lizarran, Alicante

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    Lizarran (Avenida Alfonso X El Sabio branch): Creative hot and cold tapas dishes!

    by SWFC_Fan Updated Oct 27, 2013

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    Lizarran is a chain of tapas restaurants with several franchises in Alicante, many more throughout the rest of Spain and, according to their website, several others in various countries throughout the world, from Lithuania to Mexico, Russia to Chile and the USA to Morocco.

    We ate at two of the Alicante branches during our stay in the city in October 2013. First, we ate at the Avenida Alfonso X El Sabio branch (opposite the El Corte Ingles shopping store) one evening and then we had breakfast at the more centrally located La Rambla branch one morning.

    This tip refers to our evening visit to the Avenida Alfonso X El Sabio branch.

    Despite being part of what is now an international chain, this branch of Lizarran still had an independent feel to it. It still had the sort of character and atmosphere that we had come to enjoy in Alicante's tapas bars.

    The tapas at Lizarran were served as follows: there was a selection of cold tapas (€1.00 to €1.50 each) displayed in glass cabinets on the bar. There was lots of choice and the tapas were far more creative than any others we encountered in Alicante. They were similar to the pintxos that we had enjoyed on a previous trip to Bilbao and San Sebastian. Then, in addition to these, there were hot tapas dishes that were brought around the tables, fresh from the kitchen, by the waiters. These were priced at between €1.00 and €2.00. The price was determined by the type of toothpick that held the tapas together; the larger and more elaborate the toothpick, the higher the price. We were asked to retain all the toothpicks as they would be used to calculate the bill at the end of our meal.

    We began by each selecting three of the cold tapas that were on display. I opted for:

    a slice of crusty bread topped with three types of cheese (a hard cheese, a blue veined cheese and a brie-like cheese) and a walnut;

    a slice of crusty bread topped with a roll of salmon, which was filled with lettuce, carrots and mayonnaise, and topped with half a cherry tomato;

    a slice of crusty bread topped with lettuce, half a boiled egg, seafood sauce and a large prawn.

    Emma opted for:

    a slice of crusty bread topped with three types of cheese (a hard cheese, a blue veined cheese and a brie-like cheese) and a walnut;

    a slice of crusty bread topped with cream cheese, strawberry jam and diced pieces of bacon (she particularly enjoyed this one);

    a slice of bread topped with aubergine, mixed vegetables and a strong tasting cheese.

    We each had a couple of the hot tapas that were brought around by the waiters. I had:

    squid in batter, drizzled with tartare sauce;

    spicy chorizo sausage in a BBQ sauce.

    Emma had two similar but slightly different tapas, each of which consisted of:

    skewers of grilled chicken with green peppers and vegetables.

    All of the food was tasty, well prepared and very good value for money.

    The drinks were a little more expensive than we were used to paying in other tapas bars though. I had a small Mahou beer (€1.50) and a Coke with ice and lemon (€1.90). Emma had a glass of red wine (€2.00) and a Sprite with ice and lemon (€1.90).

    We'd have liked to stay and enjoy more of the tapas, but we were getting pretty full by now. However, when the waiter read out a list of desserts we both decided that we had enough room for a refreshing Mojito sorbet (€4.50 each). They were fairly expensive, but were also pretty potent, with plenty of rum and mint in them. Given that the tapas were such good value, we didn't begrudge paying a little extra for the desserts.

    Our total bill for 6 cold tapas dishes, 4 hot tapas dishes, a glass of beer, a glass of wine, 2 soft drinks and 2 Mojito sorbets was €32.00.

    A great selection of creative cold tapas and freshly cooked hot tapas dishes. Tasty food and good value for money. Drinks and desserts are a bit more expensive than other places, but overall we were happy with the price we paid. Recommended!

    Lizarran (Avenida Alfonso X El Sabio branch) Creative tapas at Lizarran, Alicante A salmon tapas at Lizarran, Alicante Squid in batter at Lizarran, Alicante Mojito sorbet at Lizarran, Alicante

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    Cerveceria Don Jose: Simple tapas bar near the bullring

    by SWFC_Fan Written Oct 27, 2013

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    We paid a brief visit to Cerveceria Don Jose for a lunchtime snack during our visit to Alicante in October 2013.

    This small local tapas bar is located on Calle Calderon de la Barca, just a short walk from the city's bullring and Bullfighting Museum that we had just visited.

    As it was still early in the day, just before the afternoon siesta, the choice of tapas on offer wasn't very extensive. We tried in vain to order a few items from the menu (they would only be available later in the day), before resorting to choosing from the pitifully small selection of dishes displayed in a glass cabinet on the bar.

    We decided to share a portion of Tortilla de espinacas (€1.75), which we watched being heated on a grill as we sat at the bar. This was a portion of Spanish omelette, filled with spinach and garlic and accompanied by 3 slices of crusty bread and a small bowl of olives, pickled onions and carrots.

    I had a caña (a small Cruzcampo beer) - €1.30 – and Emma had a couple of bottles of pineapple juice (€1.40 each)

    An ideal place for a quick snack near Alicante's bullring, but nothing to really distinguish it from dozens of other similar establishments in the area.

    Cerveceria Don Jose, Alicante Cerveceria Don Jose, Alicante Cruzcampo beer at Cerveceria Don Jose, Alicante Tortilla de espinacas being warmed on the grill Tortilla de espinacas at Cerveceria Don Jose

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    Palm Beach Cafeteria: Breakfast by the beach!

    by SWFC_Fan Written Oct 27, 2013

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    It was our first morning in Alicante in October 2013 and, having rejected the opportunity to pay €6.90 per person for a breakfast at the hotel, we decided instead to find an outdoor cafe where we could enjoy drinks and pastries while overlooking the beach.

    Palm Beach Cafeteria fitted the bill perfectly. It was located just 2 minutes walk from our hotel, perched on the corner of Plaza Puerta del Mar with great views along Playa del Postiguet beach.

    We first made our way inside the cafe to ascertain what breakfast fare was available, as we couldn't see any menus on the outside tables. The lady behind the counter told us that she could cook us some bacon and eggs or prepare a Spanish breakfast of ham, cheese and Spanish omelette in a baguette for around €6 each. We didn't want anything too substantial, so instead we chose from the selectionof pastries that were on display.

    The lady inside the cafe also informed us that there was a €0.20 per person surcharge for sitting at the outdoor tables rather than inside the cafe. I'm not sure whether this was added to the price of our pastries (which were €2.20 each), but it wasn't shown separately on our bill.

    Either way, we were happy to pay the €0.20 surcharge in order to enjoy our breakfast on the sun-drenched terrace while looking out to sea.

    I ordered a "Bretzel" (€2.20), which was a flaky pastry filled with a thin layer of custard and topped with almonds. Emma ordered a "Napolitana" (€2.20), which was a pastry roll filled with rapidly melting chocolate.

    I had a "Cafe Solo" (€1.40), which is effectivly an espresso, and Emma had a tea with milk (€1.90).

    Palm Beach Cafeteria is the ideal place for a beachside breakfast in Alicante. It is worth paying the €0.20 surcharge to enjoy an al fresco breakfast on the sunny terrace overlooking the beach!

    Breakfast overlooking the beach! Outdoor table at Palm Beach Cafeteria, Alicante Palm Beach Cafeteria, Alicante Bretzel and Cafe Solo at Palm Beach Cafeteria Palm Beach Cafeteria, Alicante

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    La Bodeguita de Triana: Never-ending trays of freshly cooked tapas!

    by SWFC_Fan Written Oct 27, 2013

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    La Bodeguita de Triana formed part of our evening tapas bar crawl on a couple of the evenings that we spent in Alicante in October 2013.

    This popular tapas bar is located on the main road of Avenida Alfonso X El Sabio, just a short walk along from the "Mercado" market building.

    When we first arrived there we were a little disappointed to see that the substantial bar contained no tapas. We had been used to finding bars brimming with plates of tasty treats during our previous visit to Spain (Bilbao and San Sebastian in December 2012), but here the bar was empty apart from an area of stacked beer glasses. We couldn't see any menus either, but we could see that people were tucking into small plates of food.

    We soon discovered how things work here...

    We perched at a couple of stools at the bar and ordered our drinks; a caña (small Estrella Levante beer, perhaps 1/3 or 1/4 of a pint, costing €0.60) for me and a cup of green tea (€1.20) for Emma. We were told that the food would arrive soon. And so it began to do so...

    Rather than display the tapas on the bar, they are brought around the tables, straight from the kitchen, by the waiters. Every few minutes a waiter would appear with a tray containing maybe 12 or 15 dishes on small wooden boards. Sometimes we would be first to choose (and could take whatever we liked from the tray), other times we would be last (we could either take the dishes that nobody else wanted or decline them and wait for the next fully-stocked tray to come around).

    The tapas dishes cost €0.90 each and we had 10 of them between us on that first evening. Most of them took the form of a slice of bread topped with some combination of meat, cheese, salad, seafood or vegetables. Our selections included bread topped with:

    Spanish tortilla (a cold egg and potato omelette);
    Mushrooms;
    White cheese, salad and anchovy;
    Pate and onions;
    Sausage with a garlic paste;
    A mini hamburger;
    Flaky tuna and salad leaves;
    Thin slices of ham

    All of the dishes were tasty and represented excellent value for money. Our total bill, for 10 tapas dishes, 2 cañas and 2 green teas was just €12.60.

    The bar became noticeably busier after 9pm. When we first arrived, we seemed to get a pick from every tray of food that passed through the bar. As it got busier, it wasn't unusual for several trays to pass us by before we next got a turn to choose. The waiters were trying to make it as fair as possible; they didn't start with the same tables each time, but rotated as best as they could so that everybody got a chance to pick from a decent selection of dishes.

    We enjoyed our visit so much that (despite the hundreds of tapas bars in Alicante) we visited again the following evening. This time we arrived knowing exactly how things worked. We sat on high stools at a table near the bar and ordered the same drinks as before.

    This time we shared 8 tapas dishes between us and found that the selection was different from that of the previous evening. Our selections included bread topped with:

    Bacon and a fried egg;
    Pork with peppers and a mild, fruity curry sauce (like "Coronation Chicken");
    Flaky tuna and a salty anchovy;

    ...and also some non-bread options, including:

    Crispy chicken wings with BBQ sauce;
    French fries with tomato ketchup;
    Tortilla wraps filled with tomato puree and cheese.

    Once again, we were very happy with our food and the value for money that we received. This time our bill for 8 tapas dishes, 2 cañas and 2 green teas was just €10.80.

    A delicious choice of tapas dishes brought fresh from the kitchen to your table. Great value for money. Recommended!!

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