We have been twice at El Albaicin. They offer great variety of tapas and also bigger dishes.
A "caña" (half a pint) with tapa costs 2 €. Both times I've enjoyed a lot the different tapas we have chosen.
Last time we tried a burger (6 €) appart from tapas and it was really huge, with bacon, cheese and vegetables, accompanied with french fries. It was so big that it was difficult to take it with the hands. Delicious!
Found this diner/cafe quite by chance but so glad we did.
Light and airy interior and very friendly staff.
Our breakfast cheese & bacon on toast and columbian coffee
was delightful. Just the thing to start the day.
Favorite Dish: The 100% columbian coffee. Also the cheese & bacon toast.
Using 'LOCAL' as an appropriate theme hardly does descriptive justice to the wonderful dishes, perfectly executed, by the Mou Manolin chefs. Yes they serve numerous tapas and other spanish dishes but they do it in such a sophisticated yet unassuming way.
We opted to lunch in the street level bar but private rooms were available. In the evenings diners usually move upstairs to the elegant dining room.
Our lunchtime main 'dishes of the day' cost 12 Euros each so not much more than other places around. The whole meal, plus a glass of wine each, cost around 45 Euros. (We shared a starter and a sweet) didn't look at an a dinner menu but I'm sure there would be much more expensive things on offer.
Favorite Dish: We loved everything.
Oh! Finally the only decent place in Alicante' San Juan beach promenade offering an exciting menu !!! Great food and drinks at very reasonable prices; super chill out music; candlelight; few lounge sofas to taste their incredible mojitos & caipirinhas and plenty of tables and comfortable chairs (NO plastic chairs, thankfully!) facing the sea and palm trees as well as inside.
Their cuisine is more fusion. Excellent, with fresh products every day. We tried several dishes and were pleasantly surprised by their quality. Their meat is perfect as is their fish. My husband loved the Asian salmon cooked to perfection and I was impressed by their salads and their filet mignon.
Service is efficient and friendly. Management is hands on which ensures you'll be treated as royalty.
We loved the Ibiza feel of it, very laid back and yet with an elegant air to it.
Worth a visit ! You'll thank me later.
Favorite Dish: Asian salmon - loved the gingery sauce
Tuna fish tartar
Wok Chicken with stir fry fresh vegetables
Paillard with foie gras
Gambas Acqua - sauce to die for
Grilled fillet mignon
La Casona Alicantina is located in la Calle Mayor, probably the best street to eat local dishes. Although it was conceived as a restaurant, on the area of the bar they serve tapas, wine and beer. If you plan to stay longer, you'll have to choose among fifty dishes, all of them local and only some of them vegetarian dishes. You can chose among the bar, two saloons and the terrace.
Favorite Dish: The prices of the menus are kind of abusive (from 30 to 50 euros). The quality of the ingredients partly justify such a high price (three or four starters, a heavy dish, dessert and drinks) but only if you are a tourist. Locals would never visit La Casona unless someone else's paying (like local politicians pigging out everything they have). The treatment is correct, but far from corresponding to their prices.
Its an excellent Tapas restaurant. You can pick anything you like and sit down. Afterward, the server will bring you very delicious and warm things you cannot exist. The atmosphere is very friendly and the servers are relaxed and humorous.
Favorite Dish: All kinds - meat and fish
As it was nearing time to eat, we started looking for a restaurant. Our last town during our trip along the peninsula was Denia. We found a lovely restaurant LA LLOTJA, which featured a Menu for 8 Euros.
It was almost 4 o'clock and nearing closing time, but the Senora said we could come in. For appetizer Hans had the mixed meat plate - a nice selection of thinly sliced meats and I had the Salad which was awesome, with olives, tuna, lettuce and tomatoes. We shared the two dishes. For the entree, I had escalope, which was absolutely delicious and Hans had a plate of fish and squid, which he enjoyed.. The price also included Pan ( Bread with a delicious garlic butter ) and Bebida ( drink ). The manager Kiko was delightful and very entertaining. All in all a very pleasant dining experience.
Since LA PALLOZA was conveniently located right next door to Mont Royal, we decided to have a bite to eat there. We had Albondigas Pieza or Meatballs, Patatas Fritas or Fried Potatoes and Racion Pan (basket of bread & butter) Nothing fancy but tasted good and filled our tummies.
We also had breakfast there twice as it was included in our hotel rate. It consisted of coffee, fresh orange juice and two pieces of toast with butter and jams.
now the local change de personal and the boss and now are a portugues restaurant, with many food with "bacalhau" (special fish from portugal) and some "tapas" so diferent and special, and so friendly boss and her mother do the best dishes i taste before, so i invite all people to visit that restaurant and taste his dishes and his cheaper menu about 6 to 10 €, and sorry about my english jejeje ;-)
Favorite Dish: i think my favprite dish are the " balhau a bras" a seefood dish with bacalao (fish from portugal) with potatoes and salad and "olivas pretas" very good and simple.
My brother-in-law, a Welsh language speaker spotted this restaurant in a back street near to the Town Hall and identified immediately with the language of the menu and its similarities with his own tongue.
So - decision made - this was where we would have lunch.
We sat at a table on the pavement (too smokey and hot inside!) a white van drew up alongside and a stray cat joined us almost at once so not the most salubrious of surroundings, but we had a very good meal - a variation on Welsh Cawl , pot au feu or Languedocian Cassoulet - in other words a hearty stew or casserole, the universal dish of ordinary people using whatever meat and vegetables are available.
Although such "classical"dishes may have standard ingredients poor people can't afford to starve because the Lamb for their recipe is too dear - when cheaper pork may be bought !
This turned out to be one of those unexpected memorable meal time occasions.
N.B. Our visit was in March2006 but on our recommendation friends ate there in May 2008 and reported back just as favourably.
Extremely good restaurant in Alicante city centre, they have various a la carte and menu items: seafood, fish, and a day menu (3 plates) for only 10 euro, all in.
Good service, though the girl spoke little english, but all menus are in 4 languages.
their website is www.alicanterestaurante.com and they are as many people there usually as there are in half a dozen others together. No wonder ...
Favorite Dish: paellas, a REAL spanish restaurant, unlike some tourist traps in Alicante.
If you are under the impression that a rice dish is only limited to the well know dish of PAELLA - you are surely not on track - Alicante is said to be the province of Spain where the variety of rice dishes is supposed to be the most extense. It is said that you can have a different dish of rice each day of the year without repeating the same dish - that surely is a big one.
A good place to enjoy these rice dishes is on a beach side restaurant in Campello, just a few kilometres off the city of Alicante, which I visited recently and surely had a great time.
The location of the restaurant itself is well worth a visit. The ambience is good, within a classic local decoration. The service is good. This place is not the cheapest place that you will find but you surely are going to have a meal to remember for around 30/40 Euros per person with good wine. I like to have a white wine from Alicante with my rice dishes; it is called MARINA ALTA and is available at this place. It is a light fruity sparkling wine. Delicious.
The menu has a very good variety of dishes to choose from and the starters are great. Go here with some time - keep around 2 - 3 hours to enjoy a sumptuous meal and enjoy the views of the beach from your table.
Favorite Dish: Langostinos for starters along with salazones de la casa
My choice of rice was Rape con gambas - a 100% seafood variety
Fideua de atun - this is the noodle version of the paella ( just to give you an idea)
It was about 11:30 AM when we finished exploring the grounds surrounding the lighthouse at Cabo de San Antonio and hunger pangs were starting to set in. Fortunately, the nature park connecting the nearby peak of Montgó with the Cabo features a very nice car park area on the edge of a sharp 160 meter drop-off, providing both excellent views and a place for a picnic in our car.
Speaking of Montgó (as seen in the 3rd photo), Wikipedia says it "is a mountain in eastern Spain which rises to 753 meters (2470 feet) at the edge of the Mediterranean Sea. It is the last spur on the Betics Mountain Range and is located in the Marina Alta region in the north of the province of Alicante between the towns of Denia and Jávea. The mountain rises dramatically from the valley floors surrounding it and dominates the skyline for miles around. Its craggy cliffs are home to some of the most unique flora and fauna in Spain. The mountain is renowned for its rock formations, cliffs, caves and natural harbours."
Favorite Dish: As is usual with us on many of our road trips, we had stocked up with a few basic groceries from a supermarket to bring with us in our car so we could stop and prepare sandwiches when and wherever the urge hits us. In this case, we had whole wheat bread, tomatoes, Gouda cheese and mayonnaise for sandwiches and a small cup of wine each as we enjoyed the wide sweeping vista spread out before us. Only one other car stopped briefly during our stay there, so it was a very peaceful spot.
contemporary and cool, and such a refreshing change from the sea front and the tourist trail.. for something different and a bit smart without being ripped off, this place is heavenly. freshest ingredients, presented beautifully, i jsut loved it after a week of holiday food this is the place i want to return to the most.
tuna and steaks and starters to die for... simple brief menu, they prepare what they know they are good at, not just miles of the same old stuff.. jsut perfect.
if you dont have a decent date, go for a business lunch and impress your associates with something a bit different in a city full of the same old..
Favorite Dish: if you like a hint of sashimi, or a really really good steak, or jsut a very cool spot with the beautiful people..
We chose this on a Sunday evening and as we didn't know the centre this seemed one of the best options open. Funnily enough it's name means 'good food/eating'!! However....we didn't get what we ordered, what we got was a tiny....well cooked fish but no veg and not even bread to accompany it. The huge IVA charge and price for a water and small beer added a lot onto the final bill. The waiters treated us like what we were....tourists they would never see again.
We were so hungry when we left we ended up buying cakes at a late night bakery!