There is nothing particularly wrong with La Cocina it just seemed to be lacking any soul and everything was of an age gone by. The food was of a good standard but was entrenched in the 70s and 80s: the menu consisting mainly of two or three principle ingredients served in a selection of different sauces that on reflection did not offer a wide variety. The service was charming and efficient although the lone waitress seemed a bit tired and distracted. The wine list was varied and reasonably priced. Unfortunately none of our group (of six) actually found the overall experience to be anything more than adequate although it is easy to see why La Cocina is popular with those of a certain age. The food when it arrived was well prepared and tasty but it just lacked that little something extra. The communal bowl of vegetables was not impressive and insufficient for six people whilst the potato mountain was overly generous.
Maybe it was just not "our sort of place" and as I said there is nothing wrong with this restaurant, it is just that in all departments it lacks soul, atmosphere and "that certain spark".
This is not the best, or even the most popular restaurant in Javea and initially it is difficult to see how it is ranked #1 on this site: that is until you notice that the #3 ranked restaurant in Javea on this site is an Indian restaurant and note the percentage of contributors that are English tourists whereas La Cantina that during the summer has over 300 covers daily, serves predominantly fish and is reservation only does not even appear on the Trip Advisor listing for Javea. Probably because they only speak Spanish there?
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