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MORAIRA RESTAURANTS

Updated July 2012

Probably the first thing to say is that the Moraira restaurant business is very competitive (with 50+ establishements in a small village!), catering to a demanding international clientele, so we think that the overall standard is quite high and in some cases really excellent.

We're only including establishments that we think have something special to offer, ranging from international gourmet restaurants to traditional Spanish restaurants while not forgetting good "menu del dia" restaurants and maybe Moraira's best price/quality Chinese restaurant.

Recommended Moraira Restaurants

Le Dauphin: A higher priced restaurant with a detailed nouvelle cuisine and careful and attentive service also an ideal place to enjoy a pre-dinner cocktail. One of the most romantic and beautiful terraces on the Mediterranean with views over Portet Bay and the Peñon de Ifach. Don't forget that the best views are from the first line of the terrace and these tables aren't bookable. El Portet (end of the beach to the left). Tel: 96 649 0432  www.ledauphin.com .

Cala Ia Ia : Very pleasant open air modern evening dining with well spaced tables and creatively prepared fine Spanish dishes. Also good wines (owned by a local bodega). Recommended. Tel: 96 574 1557  Ctra. Teulada-Moraira 44. From Moraira at the Teulada-Benitachel fork go left towards Teulada. www.calaiaia.com .

La Senieta: An all round excellent restaurant with a loyal Spanish and international clientele. You'll probably like the combination of a smart interior, carefully prepared dished (especially fish) and a very good Menu del Dia at a reasonable price. The alternative "A la Carte" is first rate and comparable with the best in Moraira. Avenida de Madrid 28. Tel: 96 574 3308. www.saloncanor.com/?page_id=170

Racó de l'Arròs: A terrific Valencian rice restaurant on a corner of Avenida Madrid offering traditional Paellas, fish and Fidua (noodle) dishes. Of course locals only eat Paella at midday but they do open on Friday and Saturday evenings to encourage the foreign visitors. The best place to enjoy a Paella with a reasonable price and surprisingly quick service (25 minutes to prepare a Paella for a minimum of two people but it's still probably better to book it). If you visit Racó de l'Arròs once you're likely to visit it again. Avenida de Madrid 3-B. Tel: 96 574 4372 www.racodelarros.com

Pulcinella: An unpretentious Italian restaurant serving nicely prepared pasta, pizzas and Italian wines at very reasonable prices. We were sitting beside real Italians obviously enjoying their meal. They have four or five outdoor pavement tables. Recommended. Avenida de la Paz 14. Tel: 96 649 2367

Meli Melo: In a strange location (Moravit shopping centre), but this well known Belgian restaurant has a lot to offer. The creative Belgian owner/chef uses all fresh vegetables to serve reliably excellent dishes at a reasonable price. It joins other favourite Belgian restaurants such as Puerto Blanco (Calpe) and Casa del Maco (Calpe-Benissa). It's best to book since its often busy. Moravit shopping centre 500m along from Pepe la Sal supermarket in the Moraira direction. Tel: 96 649 0171

El Refugio: There's some nostalgia with this traditional Spanish bar/restaurant. I was a visitor here before they built the port, and watched the bull running down to the sea. So its been going for at least 30 years and serves the same reliable Paellas, menu del dia (€ 10) with a nice timeless family feeling. A la Carte in the evenings. No outside terrace. C/Almacenes 5 (off C/ Dr Calatayud to the left near the port). Tel: 95 574 4774 www.saloncanor.com/?page_id=175

Gemisant: This restaurant belongs to the same family as the Refugio and has also been in Moraira for ever (3km along the Moraira-Calpe coast road) offering great value for money (menu del dia € 10) for family dining. Don't expect anything gourmet or especially stylish but its fine for reliable well prepared food and they will happily cater for larger groups. Tel: 96 574 4312 www.saloncanor.com/?page_id=177

Bajul: An interesting Dutch/Indonesian restaurant serving top class traditional Indonesian dishes. The service is attentive and helpful if a little slow but its worth the wait for their varied and delicious tasting (degustación) menu. Also a great rice table. Expect €50+ for two and its also best to book as it is a popular and busy small restaurant. Avenida de la Paz. Tel: 96 574 3381 www.bajul.es

L'Andrago: A very good Hungarian/German restaurant near L'Andrago beach. You're not likely to leave here hungry after experiencing their delicious home made soups, traditional Hungarian kebabs, spicy meatballs etc. plus chocolate and cherry dessert pancakes. About €50 for two plus wine. Camino de L'Andrago 7. Tel: 96 574 5720

La Tasca: You'll find this little restaurant in the old town down a little side street towards the port. They always serve wonderfully fresh fish in a really traditional Spanish ambience with better than usual tapas from the bar that could make a midday meal in themselves if you're in a hurry or don't want set courses. They have a few outside tables. C/ Playas. Old Town (20 metres along from the Refugio a steep street down to the right). Tel: 96 649 1911

Doonas of Moraira: Situated in Avenida de Madrid, this classic English restaurant offers traditional favourites such as beer battered cod and chips, English breakfasts, curries, ale pie, Sunday lunch etc. together with perfectly fresh vegetables. Very popular with the British crowd and spotlessly clean with friendly service. Avenida de Madrid. Tel: 669 318 799

Carambano: If you are near the port at lunch time this could be the place to stop for fresh sandwiches and bocadillos (baguette sandwiches) with a nice selection of fillings, or if you wish, salads, light lunches or tapas with a big choice of beers, wines + cocktails. The British owners work hard to please their guests. Calle del Mar 25. Tel: 96 574 4017

Terra Viña: Another interesting speciality restaurant, this time for a great selection of creative tapas combined with a fine list of Spanish and European wines, e.g. potted crab mayonnaise with flaked almonds and spring onions/ grilled goat's cheese with hazelnuts and honey/ mini sweet chili peppers stuffed with tuna, capers and anchovies, + Wines, e.g. Macabeo Domino Espinal, Yecla 2008/ Pinot Grigio, Botter, Venezie, Italy 2007/ Gewurtztraminer, Bergheim, Alsace, France 2006. The street terrace looks out on the backs of apartment blocks but the interior is a nice place for tapas in an ambience of old Spain. Worth a visit. Dutch owners. Calle las Viñas (parallel and behind C/ del Castillo). Tel: 96 649 0326 or 634 885 829 www.terravinamoraira.com

El Chamizo: Owned and managed by ex British Airways stewardess Maxine, this restaurant has a great seafront terrace with an informal style and appeal for a fashionable young Spanish crowd. Variable service and food but the Paella/ rice dishes are a safe bet as is the barbecue. It's a bonus if you can get a table beside the beach. Moraira - Calpe coast road Nº91 (opposite Gemisant down to the sea). Tel: 96 574 3090 www.elchamizomoraira.com

El Portet: Situated on the El Portet beachfront on the corner where the access road arrives at the beach. An easy place to eat by the beach, restaurant "El Portet" is a good choice with friendly service and an informal atmosphere. The pavement terrace overlooks the peaceful El Portet bay and they serve typical Paella Valenciana, Arros Abanda or Fideua as specialities along with sardine, squid and mussel tapas that are worth trying. A good choice for a day on the beach. It's better to order Paella beforehand. No reserves for outdoor tables. Playa de El Portet. Tel: 95 574 4293 www.restaurante-elportet-moraira.es

Nihao: Maybe the best Chinese restaurant in Moraira with complete tasty three course meals with wine/water and coffee for €20 for two. No wonder it's a popular destination! Super value and it is open all day offering a menu del dia plus a liqueur when paying the bill. Avenida de la Paz 8. Tel: 96 574 4505

Gran Ave: An unpretentious family restaurant in one of Moraira's main avenues offering very good value in generous home cooking/ Paellas plus a recommended hamburger menu. A three course "Menu del Dia" is €9.50 and they serve breakfast, lunch and dinner. Avenida de Madrid. Tel: 96 649 0102

 

Reviews by Mark Baraniecki with help from Sari Pons and head chef César López.

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