Restaurante Los Abrigos, Los Abrigos
Seafood is king in this restaurant: order one of the heaving platters of juicy langoustines, salty clams and the best fried squid on the island, or check out the catch of the day in the chiller cabinet. The cherne (a type of grouper fish) is a reliable and tasty choice, while the lubina (seabass) is a meatier alternative. You’ll want to grab a seat by the window for sea views or if you’re a keen plane spotter as it’s a great spot for watching aircraft approaching Tenerife South airport. We can’t think of a better departure lounge!
Sabor Canario, La Orotava
Step into the tranquil leafy patio of this 16thcentury merchant’s house, where the menu is packed with Canarian specialties. Start with the papas arrugadas (Canarian baked potatoes) served with mojo, a tangy sauce made from piquant red peppers, before moving on to the paella. Be warned, it takes 30 minutes to arrive, a true mark of freshness but not great if you’re contemplating how best to devour your own limbs. Most mains are under €10 so this is an affordable choice too. It’s open every day apart from Sundays.<
Restaurante Ardeola, Garachico
No matter what you order here, you won’t be disappointed; salivate over salty papas arrugadas (you’ll find them on most menus across the Canary Islands) tangy almogrote cheese, chewy-in-a-good-way calamares and expertly filleted fish from the very waters you’re looking out over. There’s a great wine list too, which pleasingly offers a lot of Tenerifian varieties. This is the best restaurant in Garachico so booking ahead (00 34 922 13 30 12) is advisable.
Guaydil, La Laguna
Tenerife may be known for its seafood but that doesn’t mean the island doesn’t know how to cook up a mean steak. The best is at this modern restaurant, where the entrecot (€16) is as succulent as those served in many restaurants twice the price. Even better, it comes with almogrote (a cheese paste from La Gomera), which makes a surprisingly perfect partner. You’ll find yourself surrounded by local modern art as well – how very cultured!
This unassuming pizzeria is only open at the weekend and tables are like gold dust, so come early (before 8pm). You’ll be tucking in amongst crowds of Garachico locals (see the aerial shot below), with entire families camped around table-filling pizzas (€8) and platters of charcuterie meats and local cheese. There’s even a counter into the kitchen where the kids can roll their own dough.
Adeje is about far more than just its golden beaches – locals know this part of the island for its garlic chicken, or pollo picante de Adeje. Otelo has the best, served piled high in earthenware dishes, the crisp coating with just the right kick of spice, the meat cooked just long enough to make it deliciously moist. Service can be a little slow, but who cares when you’re sitting in the sun on a terrace with views over Barranco del Infierno? Closed Tuesdays.
Restaurante La Cúpula, Costa Adeje
Looking for romance? This gourmet restaurant at the Hotel Jardines de Nivaria is all white tablecloths and candlelight, not to mention a menu of delicious fusion food from Spanish Chef Rubén Cabrera, which mixes French and Canarian influences – think seabass cooked in saffron and sucking pig served with figs. Mains from €20.
Bodegón Patamero,Teno Rural Park
Tucked away in the middle of the beautiful Teno Rural Park (on Camino Lomo Olivera) this tiny and unpromising looking restaurant is a real find. Bodegón Patamero doesn’t look much from the outside but step through the door and you’ll find a fresh and tasty menu built on Canarian specialities. Top pick is the montadito de batata con bacalao, a sweet potato and salted cod sandwich served with a mojo sauce made from saffron. Work up an appetite with a hike through the Teno mountains for the perfect day away from the beach.
M.B, Guía de Isora
Basque chef Martín Berasategui’s signature restaurant, in the five-star Ritz-Carlton hotel, could claim to be the island’s best, with two Michelin stars to its name. Every dish here is a stunner, from the pickled oyster with cucumber sake slush, to the red shrimp ceviche seasoned with green apple juice finished with slices of crispy radish. The tasting menu (€133.75) is seasonal and therefore varies accordingly, while the chef’s menu (€155.15) changes daily, depending on what’s available at the market. Check out the photo below of smoked sponge with cocoa crunch, frozen whiskey, crushed ice, green beans and mint. Closed Sundays and Mondays.
Restaurante Baobab, Santa Cruz
There’s always a crowd at this modern Mediterranean restaurant, where the menu runs the gamut from focaccia with Italian cheese, to toast with foie gras, and from Iberian pork spare ribs to aubergine parmesana. Below is a photo of their mouth-watering ibérico ham salad. Stick around after dinner on weekends, there’s a lively roof terrace, open for cocktails (from €5) and dancing from 9pm until the small hours. Mains run from €7.95–17.20.
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