Miche­lin stars shine on the Costa

Calpe now has three 'starred' restau­rants while La Nucía gets its first

Costa Blanca News (North Edition) - - NEWS - By Jo Pugh & Saman­tha Kett [email protected]­news.es

TWO MORE restau­rants in Calpe have re­ceived pres­ti­gious Miche­lin stars and so has El Xato in La Nucía.

Al­i­cante now be­comes one of the Span­ish prov­ince with most Miche­lin stars (eight) while the en­tire Va­len­cia re­gion boast 17.

Calpe re­ceived its first Miche­lin star last year, when chef Rafa Soler from Au­dreys, lo­cated in the AR Dia­mante beach ho­tel, ob­tained the hon­our. In Spain, an av­er­age restau­rant Miche­lin star serves ev­ery 250,000 in­hab­i­tants, this fig­ure is re­duced to about 6,000 in­hab­i­tants per star in Calpe.

This year, Beat and Oro­bianco have joined the list of dis­tinc­tions, ob­tain­ing one star each. Thus, the triple of stars formed by Au­drey's, Beat and Oro­bianco, makes this coastal town wor­thy of a culi­nary visit.

Calpe stars

When José Manuel Miguel opened there were prom­ises of fan­tas­tic Va­len­cian gas­tron­omy. He clearly did not dis­ap­point with his spe­cial­ity rice dishes. Other menu items in­clude dishes such as ar­roz bomba with es­pardeña and pork trot­ters stew or rice from the la­goon with shrimps, Dutch sea­weed, ca­pers and veal feet.

Beat is lo­cated at Ur­ban­i­sa­tion Marisol Park, 1 and is open from 13:00 to 15:00 and 19:30 to 22:30. It is closed on Tues­day. Menu prices range, with a seven-course tast­ing menu be­ing €42 per per­son.

The third star to be lit in Calpe is the Ital­ian restau­rant

headed by Ital­ian chef En­rico Croatti. He founded Oro­bianco in 2015, where he par­tic­i­pates as ex­ec­u­tive chef. His project is a com­mit­ment to Ital­ian haute cui­sine with prod­ucts from the Mediter­ranean.

Lo­cated at Par­tida Colina del Sol, 67, the restau­rant is open from 13:00 to 15:00 and from 19:30 to 22:30. It is closed on Tues­day and Wed­nes­day.

keeps its Miche­lin star, and chef Rafa Soler is pas­sion­ate about us­ing lo­cal pro­duce, from oils and wines to lo­cally caught fish. Spe­cial­ity dishes in­clude dashi va­len­ciano choco­late and fresh chufa cheese with an emul­sion of herbs from Calpe rock, or one of the star dishes, the ma­rine gar­den, com­posed of cock­les, scal­lops, monk­fish liver, roe of fly­ing fish and a salted sabayon (sauce).

Au­drey's is open Tues­day to Sun­day from 13:00 to 15:00 and from 20.30 to 23.00.

El Xato, La Nu­cia

Awarded a pres­ti­gious and much sought af­ter Miche­lin Star, El Xato can be found right next to the church in the main square in the heart of the old town. Many would prob­a­bly walk right past with­out a sec­ond glance, for it hardly stands out as any­thing spe­cial – but the re­cent award proves oth­er­wise!

El Xato has his­tory, over 100 years. It first opened its doors back 1915 as a win­ery, called Bar Na­cional, where back then you could only buy wine in bulk and al­ways re­mained a fam­ily busi­ness. In 1948 the reins were handed over to younger mem­bers where tapas was in­tro­duced and the place re­named to El Xato. With the ar­rival of tourism in neigh­bour­ing Benidorm, the kitchen ex­pended its reper­toire and is now in the hands of the fourth gen­er­a­tion – broth­ers Fran­cisco and José Cano plus the ar­rival of chef Cristina Figueira.

If your taste buds are tempted then you’ll have to plan ahead as the restau­rant, like most is closed on Mon­day and only opens for a two hour lunch slot – 13.30 un­til 15.30 Tues­day to Sun­day. If you pre­fer an evening meal there is even less choice as they only open their doors on Fri­day and Satur­day, from 20.00 un­til 22.30 over the win­ter season! There is an au­to­matic €3 ser­vice charge per per­son which cov­ers bread, oil and condi­ments but un­like most restau­rants there is only a choice of 3 set tast­ing menus start­ing at €36.20 or €53.60 if you want the spe­cially selected wines to com­ple­ment, the next menu is priced at €43.60 or €63.80 with wine and the third is €56.80 or €83.60 with wine.

The com­plete list of Miche­len restau­rants in Al­i­cante prov­ince in­cludes in Dé­nia (three stars), (two stars) in Co­cen­taina, (two stars) in Jávea, in On­dara, in Al­i­cante and

Elche.

Va­len­cia city boasts four Miche­lin star restau­rants and in

and tem­po­rar­ily closed

While the pro­vin­cial list is com­plete with in Ontinyent and in Daimus.

Castel­lón prov­ince has two Miche­lin-star es­tab­lish­ments: (Vall D'Alba) and (Beni­carló).

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Chef Cristina Figueira at El Xato

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