Torrevieja is a holiday destination that sees its fair share of party goers and night time revelry. There are a fantastic choice of restaurants in the city, but what better way to end a night of drinking with friends than a good old spicy curry. I am not sure if it’s just a British thing, but after a few beers Indian food just seems to hit the spot, maybe something to do with the chilli! Torrevieja has a selection of Indian restaurants, as does neighbouring Orihuela Costa, and sometimes small, out of the way places can turn out to be a delight.
Harman Tandoori Station is one such place, located on a small back street behind Hoggies Bar in the residential area of El Chaparral, Harman has a small but neat interior and further seating on their outdoor terrace. It is a family run establishment where smiles and a warm welcome sets the tone for the lovely meal to come. The food is expertly cooked and bursting with flavour, due to the use of strictly fresh herbs and secret sauces. Complimentary poppadoms are served with the meal, as is an assortment of condiments such as riata and mango chutney. Their home made nan bread is a must, and the tandoori dishes sizzling hot and tender. Seafood lovers should try the succulent prawn bhuna.
Not far from Harman Tandoori, on the CV-905 that runs through El Chaparral is Bombay Palace. Not much to look at from the outside (for its name) but a friendly and welcoming atmosphere once you step through the door. The food is well priced and some of the dishes come with your own mini cauldron to ensure it is pipping hot. The ingredients all seem fresh and they do a roaring trade with their great value menu del dia and favourites such as aloo gobi and prawn madras. Nothing is too much trouble for the staff, and if you like your nan bread crispy, you only have to ask.
Located in the Playa Flamenca Centre, in neighbouring Orihuela Costa, Agra Palace is an extremely popular Indian restaurant with the large British expat community in the area. It’s location allows diners to enjoy a whole evening of entertainment in the centre, with some bars featuring live music. The restaurant’s extensive menu is served by friendly, knowledgeable staff who are only too happy to answer any questions you have. All meals are served with complimentary poppadoms, and condiments such as mint yoghurt and spicy fresh onion. Most of the dishes are served in a copper pot which helps keep the food hot and the fantastic mixed grill comes on a sizzling platter. There is a choice of comfortable indoor dining or customers can make the most of the sea breeze on the spacious terrace.
You would think with a name like El Chaparral there may be a lot of Tex-Mex restaurants in this area, but here we are to sample yet another Indian restaurant. The well established Star of India is situated in the San Luis commercial complex on Av. Brozas that also has a few lively bars to visit. Aside from their a la carte menu, there is also a choice of set lunch and dinner menus that are great value. All meals come with poppadoms and dips, and if something you fancy is not featured, just ask and they will endeavour to prepare it for you. There are all the usual favourites such as butter chicken and excellent balti, as well as specialities like the spinach based palak. Some kids don’t like curry, and it’s handy to know Star of India do a range of pizzas.