Maharaja Indian restaurant, Mojacar Playa

This is a guest post by Britt Arenander, my spy on the coast: At last, a decent Indian restaurant has opened on the playa. Maharaja, opposite the Red Cross, replaces the hamburger bar Poco loco. When I first spotted it I went inside and asked if I could have a look at the menu – which turned out to be cleverly presented: groups of dishes are headlined, with brief descriptions of what kind of sauces Continue reading Maharaja Indian restaurant, Mojacar Playa

Coliseo restaurant, Los Gallardos

It was one of the hot January days that Almería is famous for. A mild breeze, a hot sun, not a cloud in the sky, and the thermometer reading 21ºC. Meanwhile, London is drowning and icefloes are damaging bridges along the Rhine. Wonderful. And after a hot morning spent moving office furniture, lunch was suggested and seemed like a decent sort of idea that was worth examining further. Now, a proper menu del dia must Continue reading Coliseo restaurant, Los Gallardos

Marinades Restaurant; or, why one might flee from a hot January Mojacar to the UK

There are many reasons why one would chose to flee from the hot, sunny, beachbar ridden January’s of Mojácar back to the rain swept, frosty and, indeed, icy streets of the Royal County: ie, Gloucester. One might cite family ties (or, at the very least, a stern Mater who hands out addresses in the UK along with stern admonishments on how best to arrive, warnings about not making cheeky comments about levels when the elderly Continue reading Marinades Restaurant; or, why one might flee from a hot January Mojacar to the UK

Cortijo Albari, Vera

It was 9,30pm on Friday night when plans changed and the in-laws decided to dine out. Early for a Spanish family. When asked where he wanted to go, the brother-in-law replied firmly “anywhere with good meat”. Given these instructions, I could hardly fail to recommend the Cortijo Albari in Vera. Given the time, I thought it prudent to call ahead and warn Carlos of our imminent arrival. “We’re full” was the abrupt reply to my Continue reading Cortijo Albari, Vera

Mojo Picon Italian restaurant on Mojacar Playa

This is a Readers Review submitted by Britt Arenander on the Mojo Picón Italian restaurant on Mojácar Playa. I have discovered a little pearl of an Italian restaurant on Mojácar playa, unpretentious and cosy, situated on the Casa Egea stretch, more or less opposite Tito´s. It´s still called Mojo Picón, as when the chicken with mojo picón was the main attraction. Now it´s run by a friendly young Italian couple who serve really good homemade Continue reading Mojo Picon Italian restaurant on Mojacar Playa

Cowboy Cocina, Mojacar Playa

Alas, the perils of living in a culinary wasteland. Food options in Mojacar are, sadly, limited. Even while living in Brittas Bay (Co Wicklow) I had the option of Dublin just up the road. And no visit to the family’s UK base of operations is complete without a trip to the Thai Emerald, Cirencester (one of the best in the UK, to my mind). But recently, my taste buds have been neglected. Spanish or Italian Continue reading Cowboy Cocina, Mojacar Playa

Neptuno beach restaurant, Mojacar Beach

Mojacar’s beach bars are an institution with which I have a love hate relationship. On the one hand, I love visiting them, eating there, having a few drinks, maybe bopping to the live music and in general having a great afternoon. On the other, it’s a long way to get there (from Turre) when the traffic is heavy, there is always a large police presence making their greasy little fingers felt on your wallet (via Continue reading Neptuno beach restaurant, Mojacar Beach

Ottocento restaurant, Mojacar Playa

Ottocento is a restaurant that I’ve never been to. It used to be called “Arcano” until it changed its’ name earlier this year. It can be found next to Asuntxu tapa beer pull restaurant on the Playa. Here’s a photo: Hudson Stubbs tells me that: “We went there for a meal tonight and I cannot praise it too highly. Nice restrained modern decor – excellent service and very reasonable prices. We both had starters – Continue reading Ottocento restaurant, Mojacar Playa

La Fantasia, Mojácar Playa

Many, many, many years ago, Finca La Parata was the benchmark for expat food in the area. John in the kitchen serving up exquisite delights, Anne out front with the family making you feel at home. This all changed when they left for pastures new. Then they came back, and I wrote about their triumphal return here. And then they left again. To open up the old Agora, next to Lua on the beachfront, as Continue reading La Fantasia, Mojácar Playa

El rincón de Lola, Mojácar Playa

Today I went to a German restaurant. A German restaurant? Called “El rincón de Lola?” Has the sun finally addled the lad? I hear you ask. Well, actually, it was 7ºC and raining (almost sleeting), so no, the sun has not addled the lad. Nor has the wine, since the police crackdown. Ric P. bullied me into lunch (unfair, really, to insinuate that, as he paid) and we met in Turre. Turre had a two Continue reading El rincón de Lola, Mojácar Playa