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#1 jimtaylor



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Posted 31 July 2013 - 04:37 PM

Prompted by Tanny, and following her format, here's a similar summary. Doesn't cover everywhere we go, but most of our regulars.


I'm not including places where we just go for a drink, but I must point out that there are three bars in Rafal where - in my opinion - the coffee is better than any I've had elsewhere.


Alquibla, Algorfa

Typical Spanish. Always good food. Nice waiter. Good value for money. Excellent tarta de almendra.


Angelin Bar & Restaurant, Almoradí

Restaurant expensive but good. MDD in the bar is perfectly OK.


Banana Tree, Quesada

Good food, and nice to have grub with Thai flavours.


Bibiana's, San Fulgencio

It’s a very long meal and a very filling one, but well worth doing from time to time. Don’t have any breakfast.


Budapest Restaurant, Doña Pepa

Quite posh dining, really. Good food but the menu never changes.


Carmen del Campillo (Moroccan tea room), Albatera

Moroccan tea and delicious pastries. Worth a visit for something different and to look at the property. Good place to take visitors.


Casa Campisano, Daya Vieja

Good food. International menú.


Casa Harry, San Felipe Neri

Typical Spanish. Good food. Plenty of atmosphere.


Casino, Orihuela

Upmarket MDD, bit different to the normal. Must go again asap, but they sometimes close for the height of the summer.


Charlot’s, Benejuzar

Extensive menú, good food, go hungry. One of our favourites.


El Gusto, Benijofar

International menú. Superb presentation. Evenings only. My very definite favourite for a special occasion.


Gorriones, San Bartolome

Typical Spanish. Good food. Service a bit too quick.


Guiovanni’s, Almoradi

Italian, good food. John’s really friendly. MDD and a la carte.


Jaen's, Guardamar

Messy, far too much food, good price, worth going just for a laugh.


La ‘U’, Almoradí

Different MDD each weekday. Menu del noche not exciting but well worth going for. Regular haunt of ours.


Las Palmeras, Crevillente

Very good, real dining with proper dining cloths etc. it’s a must whenever we’re in that area.


Let’s Eat, Benimar

Good menu, tastes good, but if you analyse the menu it’s all easy to prepare. Place for those who want to eat brit, like Viloriens, but El Gusto beats it hands down.


Los Periquitos, on the road to Fortuna

Good place to visito on the way back from Nueva Condomina or Ikea.


Portico Mar, Guardamar

International menú. Good choice but it never changes. Crowded. Well worth the occasional visit.


Rebate, near San Pedro del Pinatar

It’s a must. See recent thread.


Rincon de Portugal, Benejuzar

Fairly new, really friendly, choice of prices, good food and a bit different. Has become one of our regular haunts.


San Remo, Almoradí

Italian. Nothing wrong with it but not very exciting.


Silvino’s, Almoradí

Go for the evening a la carte. Excellent.


Wok, Guardamar

The best wok around. What makes is different is the table of stuff they just cook a plateful of at a time. They also have real seaweed salad, pickled ginger, harissa.

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#2 DHubbard



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Posted 31 July 2013 - 10:02 PM

Thanks Jim - we really MUST try to explore some of your recommended restaurants next time we are out.  Regards, David

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Posted 01 August 2013 - 02:23 AM

David - there are posts about all - or most - of them, if you do a search. Any problems finding posts, just ask and I'll give details of location etc.


As usual, I'm a bit 'trepidaceous' about other people liking what I like, but don't think I've let anyone down yet.

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Posted 01 August 2013 - 07:06 AM


Many thanks for the up date

There are several names on your list that I have not heard about but if your past recommendations are anything to go on then I am in for a gastronomic delight idc

Keep up the good work!!

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Posted 01 August 2013 - 09:24 AM

Jim, have you, or anyone who has been there with you, had the steak in Bibiana's? If you have, was it ok? (We've had some really tough ones). Good restaurant though.



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Posted 01 August 2013 - 09:50 AM

One thing she can't do Geoff is cook a steak,mind you I only tried once and that was enough.

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Posted 01 August 2013 - 10:50 AM

have been to a few of these places - Jaens, Bibianas, Lets Eat, Banana Tree and enjoyed them. Next time we come we really must try some of the others so will check Jims posts for directions. Good different choice for when we are out and about. I'll be updating tomorrow/Friday before we go home on Sunday

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Posted 01 August 2013 - 02:00 PM

I normally never have steak in any spanish restaurant, because it won't have been hung by the butcher, so it's not had time to develop flavour and tenderness.


It's not the cook's fault, it's the nature of the product.


If we're in Casa Harry's and we hear a violent banging noise coming from the kitchen, we know someone's ordered steak and Harry's beating hell out of it to try and tenderise it.


I was a bit surprised that the steak we had recently in the Portuguese restaurant was nice and tender.

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Posted 01 August 2013 - 03:15 PM

You should come and try Ramons in La Marina if you haven't already, never ever had a tough steak.

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Posted 01 August 2013 - 03:40 PM

Nice to know they can do it properly.


Mind, I wouldn't go out to eat a steak, as it's a regular treat at home.

We buy good rump from Reeves at San Luis and, if it's not mature enough, they vac pack it for me so it can mature another couple of weeks in our fridge before we eat it or freeze it.

Pan fry or plancha with oil and butter, then bung on a bit of cream and crushed green peppercorns - what more could I ask for (apart from chips!).

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Posted 03 October 2013 - 08:10 PM

Thanks Jim a great list for us to find and work our way through.

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