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Restaurant review: La Cosecha, Benijofar

We have several favourite restaurants, both Spanish and international, but we’re always up for trying new ones. While I was in the UK, Tony went to La Cosecha (the name means ‘harvest’) with friends. It’s an English-owned restaurant on the Algorfa-Benijofar road, about 4 kms from Algorfa. The cuisine is Mediterranean with a few English favourites thrown in for good measure, and La Cosecha earned Brownie Points from Tony because they serve an excellent prawn cocktail and lamb’s liver.

I don’t do offal, but usually if Tony says a restaurant is good, I’ll like it too, so just before Christmas we headed there with friends. The first thing I noticed was the warm welcome we got from the staff. That makes a big difference, because it sets you at ease immediately. The main part of the restaurant is a conservatory, and that was light and airy, offering lovely views over the campo, and although the chairs were the normal hard Spanish chairs that make your bum numb by the time la sombremesa is over, the restaurant had thoughtfully provided cushions for padding. All good so far.

The lunchtime Menu del Dia is €12.95 including half a bottle of wine, and that’s what we opted for. There’s an excellent selection – a choice of 7 starters and 8 main courses every day. Prawn cocktail and melon features every day, along with the soup of the day. Other starters include chicken liver pate, meatballs and spaghetti, ratatouille and mussels. I opted for the mussels in marinara cream sauce.

As we waited for our starters, we were served with fresh bread and salad. I called it a Kitchen Sink Salad, because there was everything bar the kitchen sink in there, and it was dressed in a home made vinaigrette – lovely! If there’s a tiny criticism, it woud be the absence of ali oli – you kind of get used to that around here.

The starters arrived, and my mussels were cooked to perfection, with a delicious sauce. The starters are very generous, and well presented too. After the salad, and the mussels, I was already rather full, so I was glad I’d ordered fish for my second course. Actually, the fish was oven baked turbot in tarragon butter, and it’s unusual to find such expensive fish on MDD, so that was another plus point. Liver is available ever day, along with a roast of the day, fish, and a vegetarian choice. Other options included Beef Bourguignon, chicken in Cajun spices and pork loin steak.

My turbot was served with Duchesse potatoes, but I could have had horseradish infused mash or home made chips if I’d wanted to. Each main course is accompanied by a generous selection of vegetables – carrots, broccoli and cabbage on this occasion.Everything was cooked to perfection –  there was too much, but that’s a plus for most people.

I didn’t think I could manage a dessert after all that, but when the board came with 10 – yes 10 – dessert choices, I spotted Bailey’s cheesecake in there. Well, it would have been rude not to – especially as the desserts were all home made. Again, it was all well presented, and generous servings too. And there was apple crumble and custard – that’s a daily feature too, and Tony loved it.

La Cosecha is a bit more expensive on MDD than most, but the value for money is excellent, the service is top notch and the ambience is delightful. And there are some nice little touches, like bringing out a bowl with 4 different types of sugar for the coffee, rather than the usual sachets. We’ve been back again for a New Year lunch, and we’ve booked for an evening meal for Tony’s birthday later in January. At weekends, there is entertainment, and the Menu del Noche is just €14.95. I’ll report back on that one. Booking is advisable, because even midweek La Cosecha gets very busy. Phone 966 194 018 to book your table.