Calle Conde de Altea 34, 03590, Altea, Alicante
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- Couples, Foodies, Honeymooners, Design and architecture, Special occasions, Trendiness
Expert review of La Maja
The building in which La Maja is housed was once El Bodegon de Pepe, visited by kings and queens, the rich and famous, notorious and ne’er do well – and me, once. They didn’t come for the gastronomy, because in its more than forty years of gastronomic service it only ever served three things – mussels, habas (fat brown beans) and sardines. They came because, like Mecca, you had to go there at least once in your life. But things change, and even though I instantly recognised the building when I visited it in its new reincarnation, the once scruffy old restaurant has now been transformed into a gorgeously styled up-market, way cool, place to eat or lounge, depending on the time of day and your inclination. Not being a night owl, lunch is the best time for me, when I can eat on the terrace overlooking the sea and then lounge away the afternoon on a cane sofa.
Imagine the decadence of scrambled eggs with sea urchin caviar, celeriac and truffle soup, red tuna fillet with black olive tartare, or rack of lamb with a Pedro Ximenez reduction (I drool over Pedro Ximenez, the succulent dark sherry), and it’s on the menu. I was tempted to ask for a sample of the liquorice sauce that accompanied the confit of duck, but I thought that might be a bit infra-dig, so I contented myself with my Prawn Thai red curry and jasmine rice, no great hardship.
Cool as a cucumber, style-wise, wafting warm breezes temperature wise.
Youthful and happy to please, watched over by the elegant, diminutive Babette.
At the northern end of the prom.
More information on La Maja:
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- Calle Conde de Altea 34, 03590, Altea, Alicante
- 966 885 54
- Lunch, Dinner
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