Even in the busy, commercial areas of Tenerife there is plenty of good quality and good value food to suit all age groups. Chaplin’s Restaurant just off the bustling crossroads of San Eugenio in Costa Adeje has no shortage of competition but is very popular and quite distinctive in style.
My friends staying at a nearby apartment for a week were greeted like old friends when we met up there. They had already become fans of the full English breakfast, a bargain at 2.95 euros including a drink. Scanning the menu as the sun began to drain away from our pavement side table, I could see they offered a full range of choice from snacks through pizzas, to steaks from the live coal grill or as Chef’s Specials served in a choice of sauces.
As we were going on for a few drinks and some live entertainment at one of the many local show bars, we all plumped for the three course menu at 7.95 euros. I started with a generous bowl of garlic potatoes, just right to tweak my taste buds into action. It was early evening and starting to fill up so before the main course I had a quick nosey around the Charlie Chaplin themed interior. There was a definite homage going on to the great silent film star, in my mind I could almost hear a tinkling piano belting out mood music.
Outside, the party crowds were stirring into action as the public service Titsa buses whisked workers home to far flung corners of the island like Icod de los Vinos and Granadilla. But this was no time for an intermission, our main courses had arrived, armed with prior knowledge my friends had ordered grilled fillet of hake, and an appetite testing mixed grill of steak, pork, chicken, bacon, and sausage. I had one of my favourites, chicken breast in pepper sauce and it didn’t disappoint.
The restaurant had been filling up steadily with a wide age range of customers, many were clearly regulars and several families had small children in tow. A toddler at the next table had been eased into a high chair and was giggling happily as he sampled spoons full of his parents’ dinner. Back at my table we were ready for dessert. My friends both went for a yummy looking banana split, and after much soul searching I picked chocolate cake, they all came with lashings of cream and a wafer topping.
As we left, our table was soon refilled and my friends assured me that the breakfast club was equally well attended. I think I will be back to tip my hat to Sir Charles on my next trip to Puerto Colon beach.
Chaplin’s Restaurant; Avenida de Los Pueblos, San Eugenio, Costa Adeje; open daily 8am to 11pm
Category : food and drink
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