Lunch at La Calma Playa

Tried the restaurant/chiringuito La Calma Playa on Avda de la Axarquía, Torre de Benagalbón, as locals recommended it and it looked interesting.

Surprisingly spacious inside – you wouldn’t necessarily think it when you see it from the outside – and with a covered area at the back right next to the beach, so nice views.

La Calma Playa, Torre de Benagalbon

The decor is simple but effective, the furnishings are rustic (I presume a reasonable way to describe them) and the whole place is strangely inviting.

La Calma Playa restaurant, Torre de Benagalbon

The menu is available via a QR code on the paper placemat and it is quite comprehensive. I’m sure they would provide a tangible menu should one be required.

I decided to have Gambas Ko Phi Phi, described on the menu as ‘Shrimp casserole with vegetables, Kimchi sauce, sweet chilli and crispy noodles’.

Gambas Ko Phi Phi

The crispy noodles resembled a tangle of cables but were tasty enough when I had reduced the volume sufficiently to be able to squash them down into the DELICIOUS sauce. I was extremely taken with the sauce – a bit sweet, a bit spicy and a lot of deliciousness.

I would maybe describe it as a variation on Gambas Pil Pil rather than a casserole. If it was served with soft noodle or fresh bread then it might well leapfrog the traditional Gambas Pil Pil for me.

Others had a very nice looking burger stack and this Cachopito de solomillo de ternera con cecina y queso payoyo y truffle mayonnaise.

La Calma Playa, food
view from La Calma Playa

Simple but good decor, very good service, tasty food (did I mention the sauce?), has to be:

Rating: 4 out of 5.

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