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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.
Updated May 20, 2009
Address: Plaza Santísima Faz 6
Phone: +34 965 208 084
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.
Written Apr 28, 2009
Address: c/. San Francisco 12
Phone: 34 615 824 428
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)
Updated Apr 12, 2009
Address: Jaime I Nº 46 - Playa Muchavista - EL CAMPELLO
Phone: 96 565 78 39
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.
Updated Jan 24, 2009
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..
Written Jan 16, 2009
Address: Plaza Luceros 12
Phone: +34 965 134 509
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!
Updated Sep 10, 2008
This is a wonderful place! It's difficult to describe the decor..... possibly OVER THE TOP...'elderly' wildly dressed up mannequins are enjoying a meal as you enter. Loads of great and not so great art to look at as you enjoy the excellent food.
Like all the other locals, we went for the 10 euro lunch special (IVA included). I can recommend the crepes with roquefort cheese, pears and walnuts. We had good quality lomo for the main but there were loads of choices. I enjoyed the bowl I ate my dessert out of more than the food itself! (I asked and they are designer made from Paris!)
I get the feeling the owner is a minor celebrity in Alicante but it would take a few visits more to find out!
Updated Sep 10, 2008
Address: Calle Santo Tomas 9
A superb restaurant in Coveta Fuma just north of Campello on N332. Run by an english couple, Andy (also the chef) and Jean. Nice terrace surrounded by other bars and restaurants, inside is beautifully appointed. Andy & Jean go out of their way to make you welcome.
Favorite Dish: THE FILLET STEAK IS AMAZING. TENDER, COOKED TO PERFECTION AND AS THE MENU SAYS, GUARANTEED FRESH.
ALSO THE RACK OF BABY BACK RIBS...ANDY MAKES A SUPERB MARINADE FOR THESE.
Written Jun 25, 2008
Address: pLAZA dON cARLOS, lA cOVETA fUMA
Right behind the central market (mercado central which is on Avenida Alfonso el Sabio) there is a lovely square which has two cafes and some flower shops. These are lovely places to go for a beer and some traditional spanish tapas for lunch, it closes around 4pm I think. Its often difficult to get a seat as it is very popular, but it is well worth the wait. Great atmosphere and good food and beer while sitting in the sunshine and soaking up Alicante social life! Also its right beside the central market which is fantastic for buying meat, fish, fruit, veg, pastries, etc, so you can´t loose!! There are also a number of other little bars in the vicinity, so do the traditional tapas crawl and pick one of two dishes in each bar with a beer and keep on moving!!
Written Mar 25, 2008
Address: near alfonso el sabio
Loved the food there was sooo much to choose from and the price was so good! I ate here nearly every day when I stayed in Alicante last year! There is two of these tye of restrants in Alicante and they are both very central and always buzzing especially in the evening and night time!! I will return to Alicante this year and I can't wait to get my hand on some more of these delicios tapas!!!
Tapas here usually cost around EUR 1.20 and on a typical visit you would comsume about 10 tapas so it is very resonalble.
This type of dining is very original and from what I can see, it is rarly found elsewhere (outside Spain!) - thats why I love to eat here when I go to Alicante!!
Favorite Dish: I didn't really have a favorite! I tried them all and I loved them all!
Written Mar 19, 2008
Address: Central Alicante
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