We are served some exquisite snacks in the garden along with a welcome drink, the 1° Act:
Tea of mantis shrimp and leaves of artichoke from "la vega baja" ~ Carbon of "pericana" ~ Light beignet of codfish ~ Raïm de pastor. Kalanchoe ~ Almond's nougat ~ Piadina of fermented corn ~ Red tuna and dashi vinegar ~ "Moreno" 'Pig Nose' ~ Stones of Parmesan cheese. Absolutely delightful, we especially loved these last two snacks.
Crushed and dry Tomato.
Cubalibre of foie gras with lemon granite and rocket salad. A signature dish, this has been on the menu since 2001, it is also my favourite dish of the year. Absolutely Stunning.
The leaving forest.
4° Acts: Langoustines on the grill, green curry, avocado and corn.
Sea urchins from "las rotas", cardamom and leaves of cucumber.
Puntalette n° 73 with smoked sea urchins, spicy and sour. Flamed Eel from Albufera and ginger emulsion. Another favourite.
Gleva rice D.O. Valencia between straw and mountain dry leaves.
6° Acts: Snow of peach.
Coffee in the chocolate.
Petals of roses, Gin & tonic of apple.
Joël Robuchon has apparently said that up to 60% of the success or failure of a restaurant depends on service. Didier Fertilati made what one of the greatest meals of the year even more memorable. We all agreed that this was the best service we've had in any restaurant. This combination of exquisite three star food and service makes the Quique Dacosta restaurant a very special experience that is worth every penny. The art of service and the art of cooking have truly come together at the very highest level here in Dénia making the best experience of the year for us.
We paid €190 each for the tasting menu. Two of our party had the wine pairing at €99, we enjoyed a bottle of Albariño at around €40.