Restaurant 22, Parque Comercial Mojacar Playa Restaurant
22 restaurant is a restaurant on Mojacar Playa I’ve meant to visit on a number of occasions, thwarted each time by the fact that it was closed. After being confronted with a “closed for private party” notice on the Friday, we returned the Saturday after an exhausting couple of margaritas on the beach.
Funny story about the beach bar we were in, which shall be nameless: “Do you have crisps?” I enquired of the waiter. “Yes sir”. “Packet of crisps then. Salt and vinegar”.
And what did he bring but plain crisps, and a cruet of salt and vinegar. I wouldn’t mind so much but he had to reach past the s&v crisps to reach the plain ones. Next time I shall order in English.
22 has a nice outside terrace, split into two levels, and with some cunning looking shades that they obviously draw across on temperate days. Good job too, it’s tiny inside. Lots of steps, although I assume they could open the top doors for wheelchair users. I quite liked it. Some swine had filled the (unisex) sink full of pebbles from the beach, which means you can’t wash your hands properly, but at least it was sparkling.
The views from the terrace are lovely. It’s a calm shady terrace, lots of fans, and you have an interesting view of the mountains behind Mojacar Playa, which is different and nice.
The menu is complex and interesting. One of those menus that could go either way, either delicious or rather nasty. Fortunately, it’s more delicious then nasty.
Apart from the standard menu they also have a large specials blackboard with that weeks special dishes. Since I was seated directly under the blackboard this meant I couldn’t see what they were. Luckily the waitress was somewhat friendly and explained them all to us. Indeed, throughout the whole meal the staff were some of the friendliest I’ve ever met, almost verging on the annoying as they continually asked if everything was OK. If it had been just one the ratio would have been all right, but since there were two we had to go through everything twice.
L had the goats cheese on toasted pineapple, I forget what I had. For main course, I had the Mojito Lamb on a bed of rice (a shank of lamb cooked in a Mojito, which was both different, alcoholic and delicious), L had the beef on a bed of cous cous. To finish, an almond meringue with berry sauce and Baileys coffee. I can’t remember how much it was, nor if they charged the correct amount of IVA as they kept the bill “as the boss insists so he can check up on it later”. Fair enough. I didn’t like to ask them for a copy. ‘Twas about €80. Not bad.
Restaurant 22 is unusual in that it claims to speak Spanish, and proudly says so on the sign attached to the front door. I like that. More restaurants in Spain should speak Spanish. If you want to see photos of it, I suggest checking out their website at www.22mojacar.com as their photos are much better then the ones I took.
2nd floor, Parque Comercial Mojacar
LUNCH: 12.00 – 3.30 pm
DINNER: 7.00 pm – 10.00 pm
CLOSED: TUESDAY, WEDNESDAY ALL DAY plus SUNDAY EVENINGS
Reservations: (0034) 950 473 058