Paella In Benidorm
Paella originated in Valencia, Benidorm’s home region so you should be able to find a good example. Often people think that paella is only fish with rice but you can also get vegetarian and meat paella – usually chicken and pork – in Benidorm.
I have found that a lot of paellas served on beach bars on Lavante are of poor quality and, if you want a good example, go back a few streets and choose one which has a lot of Spanish people in. The Aitona on Avenida Ruzafa is quite good and don’t be put off by the big plastic sign of a 3D paella.
There’s a lot of very good Spanish reviews of El Nino on Avenida Doctor Severo Ochoa although it’s a long way back in Benidorm. Also the Eolo over on Calle Santander behind Poniente beach has a lot of Spanish fans. ...read more
Smaller Spanish restaurants may ask you to order for the next day. Whilst it seems strange to our expectations of instant dining I know that is a great sign of a very good paella.
Remember paella is served to a minimum of two people but much larger dishes for bigger groups.
You’ll be able to find a ‘black’ paella in a few of the better Spanish restaurants in Benidorm. I’m not keen on this dish and I’m not sure I’ve met many who are. Maybe it is because the black colouring is from squid ink and I’m always thinking of horror movies when I see it for some reason.
Arròs al Forn
‘Forn’ means meat and you’ll find this dish is a stew with various meats and veg (including chickpeas). Again, you might find some nice examples but I often think this might be made up of yesterday’s left-overs. Arròs is rice by the way.
Like a paella, the Fideuà is served on a large metal dish but this comes with noodles or pasta. It can be a nice change from rice.
This is a cold, tomato based, soup. You’ll find this only in Spanish restaurants. Might be worth a try at lunch time. If there’s a group of you why not order one dish and sample what is a very popular dish in Spain.
Arròs a Banda
This is a very nice dish and I’ve found it in a few of the Smaller Spanish restaurants in Benidorm. The ingredients include rice, fish and sweet potato.
Various cured sausages. This may also include chorizo.
Sobrasada is a spreadable chorizo. If you like chorizo then try this on some nice fresh bread, it is very good.
This is a rich vegetable stew. It is often quite cheap and very filling.
Suquet de Peix
This is a fish stew and is a favourite of the region although it originated in Catalonia. Basically you’ll find various types of fish and seafood in a quite thin soupy liquid. You might also see a little bit of oil on the surface but don’t worry, it is olive oil and they say it is good for you. Again, often served only in exclusively Spanish restaurants.