As you’d expect with a resort the size and popularity of Benidorm, you can literally take your pick of menus from around the world. From fast food to gourmet, Argentinian to Thai and pinchos to paella there’s something to satisfy every palate.
For the millions of Brits who flock to Benidorm’s beaches and love its Britain-abroad feel, the streets around La Calle Mallorca, Lepanto and Rincón de Loix are awash with All Day British Breakfast and chips with everything menus. The shelves of supermarkets around the area are stacked with home brand labels of British goods and you can spend your entire holiday fooling your taste buds that you ever left Blighty at all.
Venture outside of Little Britain and you’ll find Chinese restaurants on every corner and along every street, flanked by the almost equally ubiquitous Italian menus. Tasty tapas lovers should head to the old town where the aroma of sizzling pinchos and fried fish acts as a magnet for the tables and chairs that nightly bustle with diners.
Other Spanish restaurants in the town feature menus from Asturias and Andalucia where you’ll find such tasty dishes as fabada (bean stew), gazpacho and rabo de toro (bull’s tail). Traditional Benidorm gastronomy strongly features rice and seafood with specialities such as arroz con habichuelas y nabos (rice with kidney beans and turnips) and arroz de boquerones y espinaca (rice with anchovies and spinach) being amongst the tastiest. To find the best of the Benidorm rice and fish restaurants, head to La Vila Joiosa 9 km along the coast which is also home to Valor and the chocolate museum, which sounds a bit like Charlie and the Chocolate factory and the reality isn’t that distant either.
Food aficionados should seek out Restaurante Barranco Playa in Cala de Benidorm at Playa Poniente or Restaurante Ulia in Avenida Vicente Llorca Alós where they’ll find extensive menus of exquisite cuisine. For 10 years, in the scented shade of the centenary pines, Restaurante Barranco Playa have been serving discerning palates with choice, succulent lamb chops and steaks, the freshest fish and the most savoury of seafood. Considered by some to be Benidorm’s finest restaurant, Ulia specialises in outstanding fish, seafood and rice dishes which it prepares and serves in traditional pots.
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