Venue:- La Gaviota Restaurante & Pizzeria
Location :- Mojacar Playa - opposite the stables - upstairs.
We have visited this restaurant in previous years and not a lot has changed, even has the same staff - as far as we can remember. The location is good, the restaurant open and airy and the seating is comfortable. There is a menu de la noche for 10 euros, a pizza menu where most are less than 10 euros and the a la carte with all the usual Italian suspects plus other Mediterranean choices - we opted for the a la carte.
Starters - Gambas Pil Pil times two (9.95 each) requested and served extra spicy - prawns fresh and peeled with a very hot garlic and chilli oil - no bread was forthcoming to mop up the resulting juices so some was requested and charged at 50 cents each - could have least thrown that in as the gambas was 9.95! The other starter was an ensalada Caprese (4.50) - basically tomato with two cheeses, one hard and one soft and crumbly - very nice, just right, not too filling.
Mains - Spaghetti Carbonara (6.75) - excellent, plenty of bacon pieces with a delicious creamy sauce.
Spaghetti with chilli and garlic (6.50) - simple, straightforward and very tasty.
Now I had Mero which translates as Grouper (14.00), the waiter assured me that this was what we call turbot so I had it. Now I am no expert but it didn’t taste like turbot to me, checked when I got home and found grouper and turbot to be completely different fish - whatever it was it was delicious and came with a creamy but not too rich prawn sauce with a few patatas fritas and some beans, carrots and cabbage - all gone!
Desserts - Ice cream - well ice cream is ice cream, it is what I wanted.
Profiteroles with ice cream - nice vanilla ice cream with two perfectly nice profiteroles either side.
Fresh fruit salad - kiwi, melon, orange and pineapple - very nice.
All came in at 3.75 a go.
We had a bottle of rather nice, rather pricey (for Spain) bottle of Cautivo Baroja Crianza for 15.00 euros - house wine was 6.50 a bottle.
Total bill for three people 89.20 euros - very good meal and we were happy with price, we will return. Three menu de la noche and a bottle of house would have set you back 36.50 by comparison.