Casa del Maco

Price guide: Expensive

Partida Pau Roig 15, Benissa, Alicante, 03720

Price guide: Expensive

Restaurant
Recommended for:
Business travellers, Couples, Foodies, Honeymooners, Mature travellers, Relaxation, Romance, Special occasions

Expert review of Casa del Maco

A hotel with an excellent restaurant or an excellent restaurant with rooms?

The Casa del Maco is one of those splendid little places where once you are ensconced you really don’t want to move, particularly at lunchtime when you’ve eaten a splendid meal under the shade of a parasol on the hotel’s terrace or lawn. The beautifully restored 18th-century farm house, which is also a delightful small hotel, retains the original layout of the building, but each of its three dining rooms is different, moving from the brightly Mediterranean of the terrace room to the cosy plush of red velvet in the interior. It must be the only restaurant in Spain that serves its water with stones in it; but these aren’t just any old stone picked up from the beach, they are Bakuhanseki, used in Japan for over nine-hundred years that purify the water and add extra minerals.

Food and drink: 

With owners Barbara de Vooght and Hannes Galle being Belgian, it’s hardly surprising that the menu leans toward the best of Belgian and French cuisine, but with a flourish of the Mediterranean. There seems to be an infinity of menus, but each has a particular theme, often depending on season and your level of gastronomic indulgence. (There’s even a menu based solely on lobster for anyone particularly crustacean fixated.) Should the flavour for fish be with you, you could try the scallop stuffed with truffle and giant red prawns with lobster butter, green tomato jam and cherry tomato, or John Dory accompanied by a tapenade of grapefruit butter, green peas, mange-tout and basil. This one tempted me dearly, but I moved on as I find grapefruit a bit astringent and indulged in grouper with a risotto of shrimps, roasted fennel sabayon (light foam) of lime and coriander – made in heaven!

One of the most original touches that Casa del Maco offer, presumably based on Hannes being a qualified sommelier, is that with each of their menus they offer a selection of wines specifically chosen to suit each dish, served by the glass. In this way you can fully appreciate the food/wine combinations of each course without having to go to the (considerable) expense of buying a full bottle.

Ambience: 

Jolly, cosy, comfortable, Mediterranean – it all depends where you sit.

Service: 

The staff are knowledgeable and amiable.

Location: 

On a hillside overlooking the sea.

Price advice: 

Be aware that the menu of wines suggested to go with the food menus are also priced separately, but usually cost no more than a decent bottle if bought individually.

More information on Casa del Maco:

Price guide:
Expensive
Type:
Restaurant
Food:
French, Mediterranean
Address:
Partida Pau Roig 15, Benissa, Alicante, 03720
Telephone:
965 732 842
Website:
http://www.casadelmaco.com
Serves:
Lunch, Dinner
Opening times:
Mon and Wed 7pm-10pm, Thurs-Sun noon-3pm and 7pm-10pm. Closed Tuesdays.
Accepts Credit Cards:
Yes
Reservations:
Suggested

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