Luxury restaurants in Benidorm?! No?? Really??… I’m not kidding you, babes. It shocked me too! Benidorm IS a foodie’s paradise.
Benidorm itself doesn’t particularly have the best reputation. This is hugely due to the numerous amount of tourists who head there for stag and hen do’s, which, as you can imagine, creates a bit of a rowdy party scene in certain areas (please note the emphasis on certain areas!). The TV show, Benidorm, also hasn’t done this gorgeous destination any favours.
To be frank with you, I feel like Benidorm has been given a bad rap, and it’s really a massive shame.
After experiencing how idyllic and luxurious Benidorm actually is, I’m so excited to tell you all about my time there. I’m going to be bringing you a series of articles about Benidorm over the next few weeks, which will set you up to have the most adventurous, luxurious and stylish time when you visit this travel hot-spot.
To kick things off, I’m going to be giving you a foodie and wine-o (and cocktail) guide.
We were in ultimate culinary heaven for the three days we spent in Benidorm. I love my good food and wine, and I’m quite the critic if it’s not up to my standards (my boyfriend and family will agree with this!), and I have to admit I was IMPRESSED!
The food was so mouthwateringly DELICIOUS. The wine – SO fine, and the cocktails – yum, yum, yummm!
Want to know one major wow moment for me? I’m now a white wine convert. Yep, Benidorm has made me really appreciate white wine.
You may be thinking – well E’s a huge wine lover, she must like all kinds of wine?! And yes, I pretty much do, aside from white wine (not including sparkling, prosecco, champagne, cava, etc, etc)… and sweet wine, for that matter.
BUT, to my delightful shock, Spain has cured me! I can now stomach white wine, and I actually really, really like it. I can truthfully tell you that the Spanish know a thing or two about wine.
Not only was wine delicious, the food was equally as amazing. They have a different way of eating in Spain compared to, say in the UK and Australia. Instead of having one big dish at mealtimes, they have several small dishes per sitting. I actually really love this way of eating, because it means you can try a variety of dishes, and hey, they say variety is the spice of life after all!
You may wonder how on earth you’d get full by only eating these tiny dishes, but I can promise you, you do! We were all rolling out of the restaurants after our meals (and no, that’s not because we had too much wine!).
So now is the time to get your foodie-lust on! As I’m a vegetarian, I can only comment on my veggie dishes, but everyone else seemed to thoroughly enjoy their meat and fish meals too!
Warning in advance – you’re going to finish this post wanting to book a flight to Benidorm ASAP just for the food alone. If you do, let me know, and I’ll fly over to meet you for lunch (and a few wines!).
Located in front of Poniente Beach, Ulia Restaurant was the first restaurant we were lucky enough to enjoy in Benidorm. As soon as I walked into this fabulous eatery I felt like I was instantly transported to a beachside restaurant in Australia. I’ve been craving going to a restaurant like this for a while – where you look out onto the beach, enjoy a long fresh lunch, and sip on crisp wine – so I felt so relaxed and couldn’t help but have a huge smile on my face. The decor of the restaurant was so rustic and beachy, so as a style lover, I was super impressed!
Known for their incredible paella, Ulia Restaurant was a hit for me. Yes the paella was to-die-for, but you cannot ignore their other equally delicious dishes. From fresh salads packed with Spanish olives, avocado and pickles, to artichoke garnished with sea salt, to bread with the aioli (yep, it’s simple, but it was just so good), every dish was a hit. The cava, white wine and sangria were all fabulous too!
Llum de Mar
Located in the beautiful (and very photogenic) Old Town of Benidorm, Llum de Mar can be found inside the five-star hotel of Magic Villa Venecia, and it is LUXE. With beautiful views of Benidorm’s beach and city, the restaurant nails fine dining perfectly. We headed here for dinner so as you can imagine, the sunset views were magical.
We were treated to an array of dishes, including sliced courgette topped with sorbet (yum!), but my favourite was definitely the dessert – hello strawberry compote with fairy floss! The wine was incredible too. Each course was suitably matched with either cava, or white or red wine – my heaven!
Oh and I can’t forget to tell you that the menu was presented on a scroll… talk about #details.
Son de Mar
Another beautiful restaurant to give me total Australian dining vibes was Son de Mar. Glancing outside to the stunning Levante Beach, while sipping crisp white wine – it was a perfect and very relaxing lunch spot to head to, after an adventurous morning of scuba diving and jet skiing.
Again, we were spoiled with several dishes, however this time some were slightly more unusual than others. From garlic soup served with a slice of melon and a grape (sounds strange, but it was actually really good), to a mix of rice served with sun-dried tomatoes – the dishes were certainly an experiment for the taste buds.
My two favourite dishes were the tomato stack topped with basil pesto, caramelised red onion and charcoal sticks (as you can see in the picture below, it was fancy!), and of course the dessert – a deconstructed apple pie served with lemon sorbet, YUM! For lunch I stuck to white wine, but I did have a little taste of the sangria and it was delicious!
To finish and to keep me going for the rest of the day, I tried a café con leche, a traditional Spanish coffee and includes equal parts milk and espresso. Coffee lovers – café con leche is a must try!
Heading back into the Old Town for dinner again, we enjoyed traditional tapas in a quaint restaurant on the street of Los Vascos. Here we tasted delicious fried courgettes, the most mouthwatering veggie stack which included a big slice of brie (yep, it was to die for!), and a variety of delicious treats for dessert – the chocolate pudding with the melted chocolate inside was by far my favourite!
White wine was again the choice for the evening, which perfectly balanced the heavier type of food we devoured.
On our final evening in Benidorm, we were immersed in culinary heaven once more, this time at Solotula Restaurant. Here we experienced a real mix of dishes – avocado gnocchi, sliced beetroot with crispy onions, fried cheese balls, shredded seaweed – yep, I’m not lying when I said it was a mix! Despite this, each dish was so unique and so flavoursome.
Want to know one dish you MUST try though? Patatas bravas…. oh my gosh it was incredible! I don’t normally eat many potatoes, but if I knew how to make patatas bravas, I’d eat them all the time!
Of course, surprise, surprise, white wine was again our choice of tipple for the evening. I’m not lying when I tell you the Spanish have transformed me into a white wine lover!
Rooftop cocktails anyone?! Yes please! With views of the Benidorm city, the 20th floor of Hotel Madeira is an amazing spot to go to enjoy evening cocktails. Not only was the skyline view of Benidorm so beautiful to take in from this location, the cocktails were super delicious, and huge!
Hotel Madeira is a lovely and secluded spot to head to for a night cap if you want to get away from the crowds. We sipped on pina coladas and mojitos, and chatted about what a fabulous trip it had been!
If you’re planning a trip to Benidorm with Jet2holidays soon, you need to visit these amazing restaurants! Looking for more fabulous foodie options? Check out the “where to eat” section on the Visit Benidorm website.
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