La Trastienda, Javea Old Town, Spain

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La Trastienda

La Trastienda is a traditional Spanish Tapas/Wine bar situated in the heart of Javea Old Town. We have been visiting this warm and friendly restaurant for a number of years and it never fails to disappoint. The selection of wines is impressive and the prices are very reasonable, and there is even the opportunity to purchase a bottle or two to take home. A favourite from the wine list is the Berrol i Miró Brut Reserva Rosado (berralmiro.com) which is fruity, crisp dry and clean. Served cold it is a superb accompaniment to a casual tapas lunch.

The tapas menu is a Spanish-Asian mix but many of the meats and cheeses are regional. The tasting menu at lunchtime is extremely good value at €9.90 per person and consists of six different plates. When we visited last Thursday we were treated to several slithers of moist salty Serrano Ham with a small bowl of greens leaves, dressed in truffle oil and sprinkled with pine nuts and Parmesan shavings. the combination of flavours in the salad was delicious and definitely something I will replicate back at home. For the second course we were treated to hot Croquetas de Jamón and a slice of the juicy roast beef on toast with a smattering of mustard. Finally we sampled a sumptuous mouthful of Estofado (Spanish Beef Stew) with crispy potato slices and a second dish of oriental vegetables dressed in soy sauce. Small bites superbly delivered and executed.

You will find a number of reviews for La Trastienda on Trip Advisor and you will see that this small intimate bar scores extremely highly for service, wine and food. A wonderful atmosphere and a place that we intend to return to again and again.

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