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Week in Alicante

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Hi all,

Will be going to El Campello near Alicante this week. Wll stay around 7 days.

Readinga round was hoping to try some of spains famous restarants. But most aren't that close. Really really want to eat at Etxebarri.

Is there steakhouse comparable to it in this area?

Any restaurants or eateries that could be recommended? As it will be a famly event...good value eateries would be appreciated. But there is always room for must eat places in time and budget :)

Reading around I found a few interesting stuff:

Lizarran, its a chain restaurant. But has been highly recommended because of its great value. So will give it a try.

Gourmet Iberico...restaurant specialising in the famous iberico pig/ham. Sounds interesting specially the weekend lunch buffet.

Also I would like to eat Paellaand it seems rice dishes is a local speciallty. Darsena seems to be famous for these dishes...what is teh price range? Seems a very fany(pricey?) restaurant. when checking teh website don't see any price info.

Anyway i truly would appreciate your input and views.

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If you're looking for an Etxebarry lookalike cuisine Askua, in Valencia is your place.

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Then Lizarran is a basque pintxos (tapas) chain, good if you're a budget traveller but not very interesting gastronomically speaking.

Nou Manolín or it's cousin Piripi are compulsory visits inAlicante to understand why Robuchon started the La Table restaurant concept after visiting these places. Also Maria José San Román, from Monastrell fame, has created la taberna del Gourmet serving very good tapas and stews at affordable prices.

And for a Paella, and if you have a car, make the short trip to Pinoso where Paco Gandía takes this traditional dish to an upper stage. Dársena is OK as they have a wide selection of dufferent rices price is around 30-40€ pp.

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hi rogelio,

thanks for your reply. I tried lizarran. It was really fun and quite tasty.

One troublesome thing on spanish restaurant webstes...no price info. And i have no idea if its expensive or cheap.

I am intrigued by paco gandia and the taberna dela gourmet.

What would be the cost for a paella at paco gandia? and is it only available for lunch?

It seems a lot of nice places are concentrated around the barrio/old city area.

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Rice is only eaten at lunch on the Mediterranean coast. A meal at Paco Gandía would be about 50€ each.

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Hi Rogelio,

Really would like to thank you for your input and help.

We all truly enjoyed Taberna de la gourmet. Great value and quite delicious.

Lizarran is quite OK. First time was great. But when we ate there again before we went home it was not so great as on our first day.

Anyway is a great place and vbecause with all those bread...incredible value because they fill you up like crazy.

Besides budget what really messed us up was the tom tom sat nav. It doesnt work at all in Alicante area. So didnt dare going to Paco gandia. And somehow i couldn't locate Darsena. The Iberico place....came to the wrong restaurant that didnt have a buffet.

Had a Paella on the beach at San Juan. Think we got conned...gave us paella for 3 persons...but besides the price no difference from paella for 2. :)

But was really tasty...and cant wait to give Paco a try when next i come.

Anyway spain made a great first impression.People take there food seriously...just check out the (super)markets.

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