BAR-RESTAURANT CAÑIS, BENIMARCO 965747215
Bar-Restaurant Cañis is perched on the crest of the hill that drops down to the Mediterranean from the hamlet of Benimarco and enjoys great views of Calpe´s Peñon de Ifach all the way up the coast to Moraira´s El Portet bay.
The main dining area of this family run restaurant looks onto a small square that is dominated by an ancient stone cross, but we made our way through the bar to access the covered outdoor section.
Cañis is renowned for the Valencian dish of Paella and although a menu del día is available for €12 including a glass of wine, we opted for the house speciality and were not disappointed.
After the pan alioli and fresh tomato pulp, we ordered a salad for just half our number and even then we did not manage to finish the mountain of extra fresh produce that arrived. We also had some croquetas which were quickly wolfed down.
The house wines were from the Felix Solis stable and branded Diego de Almagro; the white made from a grape called Airen and the red a Tempranillo, both wines coming from Valdepeñas.
Our Paella was cooked to perfection, containing peppers, shrimps, mussels, chicken and rabbit and most importantly, the rice in the centre of the paella dish had become caramelised. Delicious!
We skipped dessert and instead had coffees and brandy and the total cost of this traditional Valencian cuisine was €24.93