Restaurante Monastrell

Address: Calle Rafael Altamira 7, Alicante, 03002, Spain
Telephone: +34 965 146 575

- Expensive

4.8

At the court of the saffron queen.

Refined, minimalistic, ever so slightly decadent, contemporary…any one of those could describe Monastrell, but what definitely defines the restaurant is that it is the flag ship of the group of restaurants under the watchful eye of María José San Román, one of Alicante’s top women chefs and self-styled Queen of Saffron because of her love of the dainty spice and her efforts to promote it. A series of small rooms cater for privacy at all levels, and, as it is attached to the five-star Hospes Amerigo, the covered, arched patio is a lovely place to dine during warmer weather.

Food and drink
4.8
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Service
4.6
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Food and drink
4.8
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Value for money
4.2
90%
Ambience
4.7
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Location
4.4
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Food and drink

With her feet firmly planted in the best of Mediterranean cuisine, especially that of the Levante and Cataluña, María José creates an enviable fusion between her passion for nutrition and simplicity in cooking with the sensations and flavours of her work and studies world-wide. Inevitably, being in the region where rice is king, there are a small number of rice dishes on the menu, including the wonderful arroz meloso (sticky rice) with red prawns and black truffle from Castellon. The cold cucumber soup with kiwi and cumin sounds a strange concoction but is superb, and the baby roast churra lamb with gorgonzola cheese and celery was knock-your-socks-off delicious. My chocolate and hazelnut sponge soaked in coffee with rum cream lingered on my tongue – but sadly, not for long enough. Not surprising, given the name, the list of over two hundred wines has a fine selection based on the monastrell grape.

Ambience

Calm and elegant.

Service

Subdued but highly professional.

Location

Two streets back from the prom, near the town hall.

Price advice

Definitely for a treat, but you could try the menú degustación, the tasting menu, that allows you to sample six items from the menu of your choosing.

Recommended for

  • Couples
  • Foodies
  • Honeymooners
  • Special occasions

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