Calpe Cuisine: lunch

There’s so many choices for lunch along the seafront it’s hard to pick. One English place, Oscars, served coffee in China tea cups, which isn’t trendy or quirky: it is simply wrong. We didn’t go back. That’s how easily a reputation can be ruined.


Again, sometimes we made our own and used our terrace as the best sea view table in Calpe. Our particular pleasure supermarket freshly roasted chicken/pollo asado with its bronzed skin and BBQ flavour served with bits and bobs, shandy/Clara or tinto verano despite summer being ages off.

We also made mistakes: Tango at Fosse Playa and Las Olas, where the website images were more tasty than the food. It wasn’t bad, just average. 11.50€. The sole we had remained on the bone because, if filleted, it would have rendered it invisible. If we had been in the mood, the fact that a bottle of wine was served rather than a glass did make it economical.

In addition, we ventured to the eccentric Restaurant Dracula.

It was Sunday. All the fish restaurants were full and we located one table at this google highly rated place. Meals were cheap as was the produce. Tables so close that I nearly ended up conversing in French with the person by my side. I was transfixed by the Transylvanian castle mural on the outside wall. In Vlad fashion, G wanted to gouge out the eyes of the woman swinging her hair on his back and there was an obnoxious child legging round the place under chairs, ignored by her family and blockaded by different customers. Finally, she sat back down and played her mum’s phone playlist at full blast. Add to this, a Romanian christening in the interior of the bar and it was hell. The name was apt. I felt my blood had been sucked from me. Passing Vlad’s smiling statue on my way to the toilet just added to the impression of bizarre.

We are night eaters so quality lunches are not my forte. I find some restaurant’s Menu del Dia promise more than they deliver. However, they are cheap and holiday makers on a budget (sounding very Judith Chalmers) can find a decent bargain. Out off season, our choices were more limited. A number of places were closed until March. On the plus, it meant less menus to peruse before a decision could be made.

Calpe Cuisine

Calpe is a feast of food. Restaurants abound. All types of cuisines and all types of prices. Much revolves around deals: blackboard specials, happy hours, straightforward fodder. However, there’s some great deals, unexpected quality and posh nosh.
As it is food, my happiest hobby to make and eat, I am going to try a change of narrative voice…try the direct tone…

Breakfast by the beach
Aside from our efforts in the Suite, there were two favourites: Bar Arenal and Bar Chirungita both selected because their sea views were grand, Spanish and they were popular.

Bar Arenal: good service and a menu that mixed Spanish breakfasts with a type of fry up. The most unique item was a ham and cheese toasted sandwich with a perfect circle cut out and filled with an egg like an alien space craft landed in a sandwich. Good café con leche on the ample outdoor seating.

El Chiringuito Bar: we first went here for cocktails, 4€ specials, served complete with a paper parrot. That’s when we saw the breakfast deals and decided to try. This menu was more extensive and the scrambled eggs bloody lovely. I do think I need to try making them with olive oil. The place is built like a very large beach shack which gave us that holiday feeling, just as well as we were on holiday.

Evening cocktails, not brekkie!