Tapas crawl in Alicante (Gourmet Chick in Spain)

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Senzone Tapas Bar
(7 Calle de Rafael Alameria, Alicante, Spain)
Because we are lazy we started our tapas crawl of Alicante at Senzone tapas bar which was part of our fabulous hotel Hospes Amerigos. Super stylish with lots of granite and dark wood, Senzone looks the part but due to the fact that the only patrons seem to be hotel guests, it was lacking in atmosphere on our visit. A montadito (open sandwich) of aubergine, jamon and brie was delicious (pictured), particularly when washed down with a glass of Moet, but we decided to move on to somewhere more popular and less expensive.

Cafe Mediterraneo
(Calle de Rafael Alamaria, Alicante, Spain)
Across the street from Senzone, Cafe Mediterraneo with its vinyl floors and TV in the corner lacked the style of Senzone but at least it pulled in plenty of punters. We bagged a seat at the bar for patatas alioli which is like a potato salad and some fried octopus. The tapas was decent enough and a jug of sangria spurred us onwards.

Lizarran
(20 Las Ramblas, Alicante, Spain)
Lizarran was not meant to be our final stop, but the party atmosphere meant that we could not move on. The place was packed with Spaniards and sangria and beer flowed freely. Endless plates of montaditos and tapas were scattered along the long bar. Lizarran operates on a delightful honesty toothpick system where you keep the toothpicks from what you have eaten and are charged for the amount of toothpicks that you have at the end. It’s great fun as plates of tapas arrive constantly from the kitchen. A breaded prawn montadito and chorizo montadito were both highlights. Best of all it was super cheap. The bill for our tapas and sangria was a grand total of 10 euros between us.

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