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zOMG Does nobody go to Tenerife???

desylicious Jun 21, 2008 03:07 AM

Or is the food really that unmentionable? Grumble, grumble. Why is it so hard to find out about this place? The internets are not showing me. I'm also stumped about recs for Elba, another island paradise, but that, my friends, is for another board.

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    cleveland park Jun 23, 2008 12:33 PM

    I´m from tenerife, there are plenty of places to go:
    Meson del Drago (used to have a michelin star) serves up great canary islands food, excellent rabbit in salmorejo.

    El jable in san isidro is one of my favorites

    La playita in santa cruz for extremely fresh fish on the road to las teresitas beach just by Maria Jimenez

    Meson Castellano for meat in Santa Cruz center

    La Frasca in the center of the city as well serves up good mainland food.

    go to www.eldia.es in teh gastronomy section. Its the local newspaper and they are constantly finding new places that I´ve never been to

    Also you cant miss la pimienta or el salon in la matanza for the best fish in the island, el bodegon campestre for roasted meats

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      desylicious Nov 22, 2009 11:22 AM

      Thanks for the serious response. This is going to very helpful for my next trip to Santa Cruz. The last time (in '08) we were shuttled around to various places without any say-so whatsoever. We managed to eat at a couple little places across the street from the Mencey, where we were staying, a very nice modern restaurant/lounge across a plaza or park from the Opera House, and a sort of middle eastern place that wasn't very good. This time we'll be having a little more freedom and I'm looking forward to following your suggestions!

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      cleveland park Jun 23, 2008 12:34 PM

      Taberna ramon in la Rambla across teh street from the plaza de toros is a small place that serves up great local food.

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        agent99 Jun 22, 2009 11:39 AM

        planning on going to Tenerife in a few months, did you find anything interesting there?

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          Harters Jul 5, 2009 05:17 AM

          To answer the OP, I visit Tenerife most years - as do thousands upon thousands of other British people and other north Europeans. Many of us own properties there, mainly in the south of the island. I love it and it's easy to get good, simply cooked food - fresh fish, grilled meat, etc

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            desylicious Nov 21, 2009 11:15 PM

            "thousands upon thousands of other British people"???

            So..... avoid south island restos catering to English, is that what you're saying?

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              Harters Nov 22, 2009 02:53 AM

              No, that's not what I'm saying. What I said was "it's easy to get good, simply cooked food - fresh fish, grilled meat, etc".

              As with every tourist resort area, there are also places catering to the lowest common denominator. Doesnt matter if the denominator is British, German, Irish, Dutch, Scandanavian or whatever - these places are also easy to spot and avoid.

              If you choose to visit one of the major tourist resorts on the island, you will find that many restaurants have a lot of tourists as customers. If you wish to find restaurants that have fewer tourists as customers, these will tend to be away from the tourist areas.

              We'll be spending two weeks in Los Cristianos in January and know that we'd be able eat out every night in the resort and have a good meal each time.

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                Harters Jan 23, 2010 08:16 AM

                An update from our fortnight in Los Cristianos with some particular recommendations:

                Rincon del Arroz and the Bistrot d'Alain - both mentioned in the Michelin Red Book. As suggested by is name, the former majors on rice dishes. The latter is mainly French.

                Don Quijote - specialises in the gastronomy of La Mancha. Had a great lamb stew.

                Bodega El Parral - simple grilled meat and fried fish. Excellent quality.

                El Brasero - touristy - but a house special is a long cooked shoulder of lamb.

                Rincon del Marinero - near the port, we've been eating there for years. Always spankingly fresh fish, cooked simply - as in a whole baked grouper, landed at the port that morning. Needed nothing more than a squeeze of lemon and a few Canarian potatoes. Fab.

                Of course, Los Cris is a tourist town, so if you don't want to run the risk of dining with North Europeans, please ignore the above reccs and go and find somewhere else :-)

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                  desylicious Jul 2, 2010 11:56 AM

                  Turns out we got shipped off to La Orotava for the duration, so we weren't able to exercise any of your recs. Maybe next time. If you are ever in the area, try to go to Tajinaste winery. Tiny and amazing.

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            JoyinHK Jul 5, 2009 09:18 AM

            Depends on what you are looking for,as for local cuisine i'd definetly head to some of the places mentioned by cleveland park.If you are renting a car i'd drive direction Tacoronte,La Matanza,El Sauzal and you'll find wonderful hidden gems where to have delitious food.Casa Juan in Tacoronte is one of my fav's and La Rosa Di Bari (outstanding italian) in Puerto de la Cruz.Now if you really want authentic canarian food(and not really care abt fancy curtains and expensive china) ask any local to point you the nearest GUACHINCHE.You'll have a great time,great food,great wine and great prices.

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              desylicious Nov 22, 2009 11:35 AM

              We will only be in Santa Cruz this trip, so exploring further won't be possible. I think the guachinche experience is what I'm looking for. Thanks for the suggestion. Between your advice and cleveland park's I think we'll eat quite well this time.

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                Harters Nov 22, 2009 01:16 PM

                Sorry not to have been more help for your trip - obviously Santa Cruz isn't a tourist area so you won't be running into folk like me but you now have an answer to your original questions. Glad to have helped with those. If ever you're visiting the south of the island, just post and I'll give you a long list of places worth trying. :-)

                John

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                  Azza Nov 23, 2009 10:36 AM

                  Santa Cruz has a great little place that specialises in Andalucian food - it's on the pedestrianised street called La Noria. The name of the actual place refuses to come to mind, but is about three doors along from a very good bar called Mojitos. This place serves the best cazon en adobo I've eaten outside of its 'home' in Cadiz.

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                    quark Nov 24, 2009 04:05 AM

                    We are going to Tenerife for the first time in December, staying in the Los Gigantes area but with a car, and I'd love to hear your suggestions on where to eat in the south of the island.

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                      Harters Nov 24, 2009 04:41 AM

                      You may well need the car.

                      As you'll presumably know, Los Gigantes is a small resort, just about purpose built for tourism and slightly isolated from other urbanised areas in the south. We stayed there about 10 years ago and thought the restaurant options were fairly limited. May well have changed over time - although looking at posts on the Tenerife Forum (http://www.tenerifeforum.com/), possibly it hasnt.

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                Harters Nov 27, 2009 02:09 PM

                Tenerife diners will, no doubt, be interested to know that Restaurant MB at Guia de Isora was awarded a Michelin star yesterday. As far as I can see, it is the only starred place in the Canaries.

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                  michael5085498 Dec 11, 2009 07:41 AM

                  That's correct BUT there are several Michelin listed restaurants in the islands and on Tenerife there is a restaurant called Los Roques in Los Abrigos. www.restaurantelosroques.com, just look at their tripadvisor reviews. The best on Tenerife. MB is good if a bit stuffy and certainly up to its star. Nearby in Los Gigantes is Rincon de Juan Carlos. Really a very good under-rated restaurant. Don't opt for the degustation, they try too hard. Good food, good winelist too.

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                  Harters Jan 22, 2011 10:49 AM

                  Not much to add from this year's fortnight in the sun. Most of our eating was in tourist restaurants in Playa de las Americas - good quality places, but tourist restaurants all the same. Ate out every night - didnt really have a bad meal.

                  However, I'll add two to the information base that were stand-outs. La Fresquera and Meson Castellano - next door to each other in the El Camison area on the edge of the main resort. Really fine examples of the sort of cooking that Spain does best - take good quality ingredients and cook them simply.

                  The latter place has no menu - the waiters will tell you what they have. Your command of their language, or their command of yours, will dictate how fully you understand what you're going to get for dinner and how it's going to be prepared. We ate there twice. First time we left it up to them to serve us tapas until we'd have enough. Second time, we ordered Padron peppers and some grilled prawns to share as starters.Followed by steak - one fillet, one entrecote. Excellent quality beef - simply cooked in the pan.

                  Dunno if Meson Castellano has any connection with the place of the same name in Santa Cruz, mentioned upthread. Apparently this one has been open since 1993.

                  Fresquera has a particularly good wine cellar - including a goodly number of Canarian wines.

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                    Harters Jan 7, 2013 05:25 AM

                    We'll be spending three weeks in PDLA this year. Are there any new openings worth trying - of similar or better quality to, say, Fresquera and Meson Castellano. Google suggests not, but you never know, eh?

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                      Harters Feb 2, 2013 08:39 AM

                      Mainly ate at places we knew (and some new places) but a couple of new ones are worth a mention:

                      Las Rocas - good seafood and I doubt the island has a finer view of the Atlantic

                      Meson las Lanzas - it's impossible to be "away from the tourists" in PDLA, but this place, situated in a residential building, seems to cater to mainly locals. Enjoyed my rabbit in solmorejo

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                    Harters Feb 23, 2014 04:16 AM

                    Just back from the annual three week holiday. There's little new to report, except for the following places, both in the El Camison area of PDLA, which seems to be establishing itself as something of a foody area.

                    La Kocina is owned by the excellent Los Cristianos restaurant, Rincon del Arroz. Serves tapas style dishes in larger than tapas prtions. Really very good.

                    Almost directly across the road is Cuevita del Mar which has been there for sometime but we'd not managed to get there on previous trips. One of the best bargains we've eaten anywhere across two continents was their mixed seafood platter which costs €35 for two. The offering is vast. There were sardines, salmon, salt cod, sole, hake, a couple of other fish we couldn’t identify, clams, mussels, squid and prawns. It takes skill in the kitchen to bring that variety together and the chef succeeds – everything was absolutely bang-on. There was a mixed salad to accompany and Canarian potatoes, of course.

                    Still in El Camison, Fresquera and Meson Castellano remain very good.

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