With more than 40 years in existence, the restaurant Torreón, located a few steps away from the beach in Gavá, has positioned itself as one of the best Mediterranean restaurants in the area.
It’s one of four restaurants from the Iborra family, who’ve established well-known careers around the stove from also running the Elche, Elx and Cheriff restaurants, which specialize in rices.
Torreón has space for more than 200 diners, who are spread out among tables for groups of all sizes beneath a modern and elegant decor. A grand wall stands out, decorated with wine bottles and enormous orange lamps in the shape of globes that drop to the floor, to give the space some personality. It also boasts a bar that runs along much of the place and ends in a gourmet speciality shop, where it’s possible to acquire any type of deli meat.
But without any doubt, what calls your attention most is the expansive terrace with garden views, where you can breathe pure air and where it’s possible to hear the chirping of birds making their nests in the trees that surround the restaurant.
The menu is extensive and varied; their more than 60 dishes allow you to taste everything from starters and tapas (cold and hot) to dishes prepared with fresh fish and meats of the highest quality. Plus, they offer a carefully chosen selection of regional wines.
To start, we recommend doing a mix of the starters — consider some steamed Gallician cockles or some classic broken fried eggs with potatoes and Iberian ham shavings. Or, choose some of their selections, such as the fried selection (cod fritters, battered prawns, ham croquettes, artichokes). Ideal dishes for sharing, along with a delicious Viña Esmeralda from Bodegas Torres, or a cold beer.
The house specialties are the eastern Spanish rices and noodles, which never stop coming out of the kitchen after midday. We specifically focused on the arroz a banda with its potful of fish and lobster and the black rice from Elche with small squids and artichoke accompanied by a soft and tasty homemade aioli.
Other dishes that are worthwhile to mention are the cod with honey and glazed potatoes, the salted bream, and the grilled beef entrecote. And if salads are more your thing, don’t miss out on trying the lettuce greens with lobster, a dish that stands out for its impressive presentation and flavor.
Before moving to dessert, you can add a varied artisanal cheese tasting board to try with the last glass of wine left on the table.
And to finish, don’t forget to ask for the dessert menu. I’m sure you’ll be tempted by something.
For the summer season, we recommend the tropical pineapple carpaccio with coconut sorbet, or the cantaloupe pearls with a port wine sauce. Perfect to close with something fresh and get ready for a relaxing afternoon on the beach.
Hours: Continuous from 10am to midnight. Open 365 days a year
Average price: 40-45€
Text and photos: Kathrin Behrens