Michelin stars shine on the Costa
Calpe now has three 'starred' restaurants while La Nucía gets its first
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.
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
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).
Chef Cristina Figueira at El Xato