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Restaurant and Pizzeria Gemisant - Moraira

According to Juan Carrió, the present manager, the premises actually first opened as a Video Club and Bar in 19?? and was run by Juan and Leonara Valles, who still have their Refugio Restaurant.
Juan took over in 19?? and soon married Isabel Valles. Since then the Gemisant Restaurant has gone from strength to strength and extended into the surrounding shops.
These days it boasts capacity for ??? diners outside, ?? on the terraces, caters for both lunches and dinners until at least 22:00 and is open 7 days a week during the summer months (Easter until the end of September). The restaurant closes on Sundays during the winter months.

As well as an extensive range of pizzas and pastas the Gemisant offers an a la carte menu and an interesting range of "Menus Recomendados".

We already had a reservation for 20:00, which was just as well as the main dining room was already full, and where shown promptly to a table in the smoking area.

We had already decided to choose from the recommended menus. These comprise a selection of 6 starters combined with 6 main dishes which can be "mixed and matched". Included is bread, wine, beer or soft drinks plus a selection of deserts. The price range is from around €11.00 to €13.00 plus IVA.

I choose the melon with ham to start and found the melon to be sweet and juicy and the ham strong and slight salty - exactly right!
My companion started with the Mediterranean salad and requested it served without the mayonnaise dressing. This proved to be a generous portion of lettuce, walnuts, grated carrots and other fruits. There was an excellent olive oil provided for dressing and a wonderfully-tart balsamic vinegar.
We also had a freshly baked bread roll with aioli and a seafood dip. As an alternative, butter would have been available, which we declined.
We decided to stay with the "vino de la casa" as I had already sampled a glass before the meal and found it excellent. However I do know that the Gemisant has an excellent Bodega.

My main course was chicken breast which was served with a delicious port wine sauce and accompanied by a grilled pepper, boiled potato (lightly browned) and a portion of mixed vegetables.
My companion had sole, which he elected to be cooked plain (as opposed to Meuniere). This was absolutely huge, fresh, moist, perfectly cooked and accompanied with a courgette and potato.

For dessert I chose the fresh fruit salad which as enhanced with a dash of cointreaux (at my request). My partner declined the sweet, as he was already full after the sole and we finished up with coffees.

The whole bill amounted to €29.05.

Overall we enjoyed an excellent meal and the only only disappointment was my portion of vegetables, which seemed to have come from a can. We were both impressed with the excellent service from Juan's team, who were friendly and formally dressed, the impeccable table linen and serviettes, the comfortable surroundings and luxury loos.

Without a doubt, extremely good value for under €15.00. Judging from the a la carte menu we could have chosen from an excellent range of meats or seafood, lashed out on a Rioja Gran Reserva, finished up with sweets, coffees & liquers and not spent more than €30.00 each.

OPENING HOURS -

Lunchtime 12:30 - 15:00
Evenings 19:00 - 22:00

 

RESERVATIONS  - Call 965 744 312

 

LANGUAGES SPOKEN - Practically all European

 

SMOKING - Permitted in one area only

 

The Gemisant Restaurant is located on the Moraira-Calpe road approx. 1 Klm outside of Moraira on the junction with Camino del Pallero.

Parking can be difficult at times. If there are no places on the main road, it is best to turn up Camino del Paellero, which is just past the Gemisant coming from Moraira.

 

 

Tony Taster
2nd June 2006