17 Sep 2017


We had driven past the sign for Asador Izaskun lurking above the trees on the motorway the day before and I said to friends in the car that looks like it could be a nice restaurant. Without realising, this was to be our third and final restaurant visit on our short trip to Sax in Alicante to visit our friend Howard Goldsmith.

On arrival we found a restaurant set in beautiful surroundings with manicured gardens.

We where taken to a large dinning room with large window views to the gardens.

The restaurant can be used for large banquets, weddings etc.

The restaurant is Basque influenced and specialises in gri...

13 Sep 2017


This is the second restaurant we were taken to by our friend Howard Goldsmith, who lives in the area. It is a completely different experience to the first one, which was very traditional, but both are very good in their own way.  

Titas gastrobar is in the old historic centre of Villena and serves tasty and well presented food whether you are vegan, vegetarian or carnivore.

There's a real buzz about the place with lots of locals sharing tapas at the bar. This gastrobar has a typical trendy modern bar layout, bright, busy and noisy and would not seem out of place in Soho, London.

There is an extensiv...

11 Sep 2017

Restaurante La Torreta

We visited this traditional road side restaurant in the Sax / Elda area of Alicante on the recommendation of our friend, Howard Goldsmith, who has lived in the area for 12 years.

It is run by two very friendly sisters who were our hosts for the day.

There is a large indoor seating room and a shaded outside terrace area for when the weather is good, which seems to be almost all of the time around here.

On this occasion we ate inside as the weather was a bit inclement, although on leaving the sun was back to its best.

The food was excellent and good value for the price

We started with a plate of grill...

3 Apr 2016

By Howard Goldsmith 

El Rincon De Juan is on Calle Episodios Nacionale which is one of the side streets off Calle Ronda and Avenida Alfonso XIII and there are plenty of parking opportunities nearby. 

I had met Alexis and his father Juan at the gym (Paidesport) recently. Alexis speaks fluent English and we had a Spanglish conversation about Spanish food when he told me that his parents own El Rincon De Juan in Elda and that I should take my wife Gail, one day, and try it out. 

Alexis told me that his father cooked the most wonderful paellas and rice dishes, especially the caldosa which is the soupy rice vari...

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