“ Address: Restaurante SABORS, C/La Font 21, Benialí, Vall de Gallinera, Alicante „
Sabors is a Spanish restaurant in the village of Beniali near Pego, an hour or so from Valencia. Dining options are not in short supply in this small village in the valley but Sabors, formerly La Plec in a different location, holds the mantle for fine dining and is an excellent restaurant hidden away in the mountains. People travel from Valencia to come and judging by the quality of the food and jolly, personable service, I can see why.
Sabors is housed in a large building adjacent to the school yard in the village and has it's main restaurant on the ground floor that is inside, plus an outdoor roof terrace for the warmer months. The views from the latter are stunning and seating up here is a must where possible, particularly during August's fiesta where it allows for hours of people, and spectacle watching from it's superior vantage point.
The restaurant is modern and stylishly decorated. The walls are white and alive with paintings from local artists and there is a gleam of stainless steal everywhere you look. The proprietors have gone for sleek and modern and in the majority it works well although can at times appear a little dated.
The food at Sabors is exquisite. The best way to sample the cuisine on offer would be the set menu where dish after dish of delights arrive in timely fashion until you can't eat anymore... and then it's time for the main course! Meat tends to be in great supply - if you are looking for green vegetables you won't find many here - much like the rest of Spain. Chicken goujons follow mini burgers, then delectable meatballs, chicken wings, even home made pork scratchings... All cooked to perfection and freshly prepared. Then it's time for the main. There tend to be 2 options: slow cooked leg of lamb or steak. The former falls off the bone and is tender and flavoursome, the latter an exceptional cut of meat served with a rose petal jelly - sounds strange? Tasting is believing. Either main comes with hand cut, home cooked crisps.
If you have room, this is followed by a plate of small postres (desserts) to sample. Again wonderfully delicate and never too sweet and accompanied by a complimentary carafe of their home made fruit dessert wine. It's so sweet and aromatic it feels as though no alcohol may be present - don't be fooled, it most definitely is!
Their wine list is very good and includes some excellent local wines and vary in price greatly. I never saw an itemised bill but a dinner for 4 people with 2 bottles of wine and water came to a very reasonable 100 euros total.
Tony and German, the proprietors are also 2 of the most congenial gentlemen you could meet. Tony is flamboyant and fun and the chef, German more reserved and a real pro and is front of house. Service is always slick and efficient and very friendly. A word of note though, if you are English and don't speak a word of Spanish, you may struggle as the native tongue is strictly all that is spoken here.
Having connections with the village I am fortunate enough to have dined here several times. It really is a wonderful restaurant and experience and definitely worth the visit if at all nearby. It's a gem tucked away in a small village and should be tried if possible.