Having got back from Tenerife last week I thought I'd mention a few of the nicer places that we ate. Although Los Christianos does indeed display a lot of the tackiness that you'd expect from a major package holiday sort of place (if you're fond of an english breakfast or egg and chips you certainly won't go hungry!) it's actually really beautiful and there are some places to eat well. Here are the ones we went to.
El Romantico, Calle Juan XXIII 19 - I had a dough craving and there are masses of pizza places - this one looked the nicest. Good fresh salad and the pizza was good too, really thin crust and nice toppings although a slight overabundance of mozzarella. Waiters etc were really nice although they do try to get you to order all the acoutrements that you wouldn't normally order. The tables were pretty close together so we had a good look at what other people were eating, mostly really delicious looking fresh fish which they all said was great.
Cafeteria Bahia, CL Juan Bautista S (right on the harbour near the fish market) - This place is great if you're after some simple grilled fish. We also had steamed mussels which were perfectly cooked and had a delicious garlicky, wine broth. The fish we had was called 'peto' - I'd never heard of it but it was cut in a steak a bit like swordfish and was as you'd imagine, really meaty - very fresh. You also get Canarian potatoes with your meal, they're a bit like Jerseys I guess and canarians are very proud of them. They're always served with 2 sauces or 'mojos', a slightly vinegary, really herby, tart green one and a red one that tastes like it's been made from chilies but isn't very hot...
Sakura, don't have the address but it's up near the main bus stop in the middle of Los Christianos. I know that eating Japanese food in a Spanish island seems strange but we just had a yen (sorry....) for it a couple of nights. Sushi was simple and ultra fresh, no wasabi on the rice but it came on the side. Tempura was okay but not fantastic. Best thing we had was a 'Japanese fondue' with seafood. This was just a fondue containing water with seaweed and tiny shrimp into which you lobbed seafood/vegetables/noodles from a platter and then once you'd eaten it all, drank the broth as a soup. Like the sushi, the seafood, including squid, shrimp, white fish and big shrimp heads was really pristine and fresh.
Finally, probably the nicest meal we had was a lunch in a place called Bajamar, right in the North of the island. It's a faded old resort that's popular with Canarians and Spaniards - no beaches, just huge atlantic rollers that crash against the promenade and into rock pools for swimming. A little cafe next to the promenade served great tapas including jamon, chorizo, octopus, goats cheese, olives etc for ridiculously cheap prices and the waiters were lovely to us despite our woeful spanish. If you have a hire car do try to visit, it's the most calming place.
That's about it really, if you're walking along Las Americas and notice the Beach Club attached to the Jardin Tropicale hotel and think that it looks like a nice place to go for a splurge, be warned that the waiters are incredibly rude if you're under 50, not decked out in naff designer beachwear and don't order a bottle of champagne each (slight exaggeration). The food isn't that fantastic either.
This seems to have turned out much longer than planned so I should stop.
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