Tenerife Restaurant Recommendations
During our recent holiday in Tenerife (blog post here), it would be fair to say we ate like royalty. Restaurants are exceptionally reasonable and, barring the odd mediocre meal, pretty good quality. Here are three of my favourites:
Sal Negra, Los Cristianos
Sal Negra in Los Cristianos was recommended to me by a friend who had it recommended to him. Situated on a street full of restaurants, I wasn’t particularly optimistic upon arrival but all of that changed once the food arrived. The tapas options change daily depending on what is available while the meat and fish platters contain a good selection, are perfectly seasoned and most importantly – wonderfully cooked. The medium rare steak kebabs on the meat platter are particularly good while the mushroom sauce on the side is perfect for dipping bread into. The service is friendly and efficient and the view out over the sea is nothing short of spectacular.
Picatostes, Santa Cruz de Tenerife
Picatostes is located down an unassuming street in Santa Cruz de Tenerife. Having spent 35 minutes trying to find parking we eventually arrive to a near empty restaurant at half eight. It isn’t too long before it begins to fill up however with most people arriving around 9pm. The food is very well presented and tastes delicious but I find the service to be a little pushy. The staff are very obviously instructed to push the jamon and cheese platters and no attempt is made to veil what they are doing. Recommending the most expensive wine on the list is another mark against the service but there can be no doubting the quality of the cooking. My roast pig is so tender it falls apart once touched with the fork while my chocolate mousse with toasted hazelnut is rich and unctuous. The prices are higher than other restaurants in the area but the food is certainly worth the extra. The service however, is not.
La Cofradia de Calletillas, Candelaria
A large casual eatery on the sea front in Candelaria on Tenerife’s east coast, La Cofradia de Calletillas is a gem of a restaurant. There is no pretension, no heirs or graces and no English menu! A large fish counter is centre stage with the menu on a board either side of it. The dishes are freshly prepared (you can see the chefs take the fish you have ordered from the counter before gutting, cutting and cooking) and wonderfully cooked. We share everything we order with the grilled octopus, prawns with garlic, croquetas and the large fish of the day platter being highlights. The desserts are generous and delicious while the prices are so affordable that I struggle to see how they are making any money. We eat and drink like gluttons and pay just €91 for the four of us. I check the bill twice to ensure no mistake has been made. Although the staff don’t speak much English, they are keen to help and share a laugh and joke.