Hotel Madeia Centro Calle Esperanto 1, Benidorm, 03503
- Recommended for:
- Couples, Foodies, Honeymooners, Romance, Special occasions
Expert review of Restaurante Belvedere
It’s probably worth having a head for heights if you dine at the Belvedere, especially if you get to it on the external lift, because it’s on the 21st floor of the Hotel Madeira Centro. There again though, you do get stunning views once you are there. The restaurant follows the curve of the building, and is a delightfully romantic place to share a meal, particularly at night under the glow of yellow lamplight, when you can watch the lights of Benidorm twinkling below you. If the weather permits, there is a terrace with fake grass where you can pretend you are dining on summer lawns with a sea breeze ruffling your hair. Whatever time of day or season you visit, the restaurant certainly lives up to its name; Belevedere – Bella vista – Beautiful view.
Food and drink:
Could I tempt you to ‘squid of our bay raviolis of with dry tomato his head in low temperature and the creaking fin, with oil of ceps?’ I’d guess not, and it has always surprised me that such a stunning restaurant with an equally lavish menu should have one of the worst English translations I’ve ever come across. I shudder to think what non-Spanish speakers make of ‘terrine of foie gras with jam of pear to the dolç Mendoza’, or ‘sausage powder’, but it doesn’t stop them making this one of their favourite restaurants in Benidorm. Bad translations aside, the food is exceptional, created under the stewardship of chef Pedro Gras Brotons, who gained a Michelin star for his restaurant in Palencia at the age of 28, before moving to the Belevdere. The dishes are firmly based on local produce, but handled with elegance and a deft touch. A salad isn’t simply a conglomeration of lettuce and tomato, but ensalada de liebre (hare) with caramalised apple, local muscatel grapes and a raspberry vinaigrette, and despite the gently mocking above, the fresh squid ravioli with sun dried tomatoes is excellent, as is the foie with pear confit and sweet wine from Bodegas Mendoza, one of Spain’s best, and only a fifteen-minute drive away.
Elegant and ever-so-slightly posh, but with charm.
Professional and slightly formal.
At the top of world – at least as far as Benidorm goes.
A number of menus are offered, but it’s still a bit of a treaty place.
More information on Restaurante Belvedere :
- Price guide:
- Modern, Seafood, Spanish
- Hotel Madeia Centro Calle Esperanto 1, Benidorm, 03503
- 966 834 418
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