Mr. X's in Altea, is the finest, most welcoming, restaurant on Spain's entire Costa Blanca. At a time when so many pretentious restaurants charge upmarket prices for down market food, Mr. X shines like a beacon of culinary delights at mid-market prices. The duck a l'orange is so mouth wateringly tender that the meat falls off the bone. And the chef has created the finest, most succulent prawn cocktail I have ever tasted. In summer guests dine romantically under a canopy of stars, in a walled courtyard ablaze with bougainvillaea, and the heady perfume of a Mediterranean plant known as Gentleman of the Night. In winter, a roaring fire warms the indoor restaurant, firelight bouncing off the centuries old beams. The fillet steak Stroganoff is sheer heaven and the slow roasted lamb shanks fall apart a the touch of a knife. Or try the roasted pig's knuckle. The wine list is first class, and totally affordable. Whether you are looking for a romantic evening, or a fun-filled family dining experience, then look no further than Mr. X's in Altea, ten miles from Benidorm or well worth the 40 minute drive from Alicante.