This month I had to go back to Garachico, no hardship, which gave me the chance to try another interesting restaurant which advertised itself as being an ‘espacio gastronómico’.
Cañada de Garachico is opposite the Castillo de San Miguel – the real one, not the mock version in San Miguel de Abona where they hold medieval dinners.
There are a couple of tables outside. But, be warned, they are next to the busy main road and the constant traffic can suck some of the romantic charm out of the setting. There is also a small internal courtyard which is good for staying cooler on a sultry night. The décor in the smallish dining area is minimalist and modern; it’s a bright yet comfortable environment.
First impressions were that it was a typically friendly, family affair with a bit of a difference .
Within a few moments of being seated, we were given a menu in Spanish and English; always useful as there are nearly always things that are wrongly translated. It’s not an extensive menu, but it is an interesting one with a selection of dishes that were both familiar and at the same time not.
As Cañada de Garachico is a gourmet picotea (a bit like tapas) the dishes, ranging from a couple of euros to around €12, are meant to be shared. We opted for three, accompanied by warm bread with olive oil and honey. The dishes we chose were tortilla, steak pies and meat and potatoes. Not very adventurous; however, I did say things were prepared a wee bit differently at Cañada de Garachico.
But first the wine. The ordering process is strange; there’s no wine list. We said we wanted red and two bottles were brought to the table. We were given a taste of both so we could decide which we preferred and also if we wanted a glass or the bottle. We chose the bottle. At €17, it wasn’t cheap, but it was nice wine.
As for the food, the tortilla was made with banana, goat’s cheese and palm honey (a combination that worked surprisingly well). The pie was steak and truffle in filo pastry (tasty but not enough filling) and the meat and potatoes were cubes of tender beef with crispy potato cubes, cheese, caramelised onions and mushrooms. There were a lot of flavours going on, which is the way I like it. Maybe miel de palma (palm honey) was overused, but overall I enjoyed the creativity and the fact they were trying to do things with some imagination.
I liked the place; the people and the food. If I had a criticism it would be that I thought it slightly overpriced.
But in Garachico prices can often be higher than in other northern parts thanks to the volume of day trippers. At least in the case of Cañada de Garachico, the food isn’t run of the mill fare.
Cañadas de Garachico, Avda Tome Cano, 3, Garachico; (0034) 922 83 01 17; open lunchtime till 4pm and evening from 7.30 till 11pm, closed Tuesday.
Category : food and drink
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