There are many beach bars and restaurants along the Denia coast line, but we always seem to gravitate towards Chiringüito beach because it is well away from the centre of Denia and less crowded. The front of the bar is furnished with cushioned seating in attractive blues and pinks and it has a wonderful view overlooking the sea. A little further back is the restaurant area and whilst there is a regular menu the specials change daily, many of which are seafood.
My husband and I opted to share several plates of food, starting with locally grown organic tomatoes, dressed in oil and sherry vinegar, accompanied with pickled olives, chillies and topped with fresh anchovies. The clean flavours and the freshness of the salad was sublime and in our opinion the epitome of ‘health on a plate’. The salad provided an excellent accompaniment to the two fish dishes we chose. Firstly a sumptuous plate of freshly grilled sardines, which brought back childhood memories of eating grilled sardines and boiled potatoes in the tiny port of Ericeira in Portugal, but the star of the show was the cuttlefish. It is the first time that either of us has eaten cuttlefish (sepia) and it was a revelation.
Cuttlefish is of course very similar to octopus and I am well aware that you either cook it for a very short time or cook it slowly for a long time. I was expecting this dish to be rubbery, but it was far from that and instead we found it deliciously soft and tender and the accompanying garlic and parsley dressing worked perfectly. The restaurant is a ‘no frills’ kind of place, but the waiters are helpful and attentive, despite their limited English and our even more limited Spanish. It was quite simply a delicious lunch in a wonderful location.
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