I would be naive to deny that Playa de la Americas had a certain reputation. There is a narrow, well-defined area where discos and “fun” pubs cluster, but for the rest, the town is changing, and Tenerife’s reputation is, happily, changing with it.
Stylish new venues are cropping up all over the place. Some of them are swish enough to not look out of place in Marbella or Barcelona. The Avenida de las Americas is now a blend of upmarket restaurants, trendy bars and even trendier shops. From the dancing fountains of the Safari Centre to the Gaudi-esque décor of Parque Santiago 5 this area is now vibrant and fashionable. By day the colourful façades of shops and restaurants are dazzling in the sunshine, by night the avenue is even more dazzling, lit by thousands of fairy-lights fit for Christmas.
Recently opened Wishes Bar is representative of this trend to the up-market. All light and minimalist, I spent a lazy lunchtime there last week, whiling away a sunny afternoon under a cool, white awning, as people, browsing the shop windows below, blinked in the bright sunshine. Night or day this is a marvellous place for people watching. It’s new, so lunchtime trade wasn’t brisk, and the atmosphere was relaxed, but I hear that evenings are busier.
Anywhere which describes itself as a “Champagne–Sushi–Oyster Bar” arouses certain expectations I think, and Wishes certainly lived up to them as a lunch time venue. The service was definitely a cut-above the average, as was the presentation, and the platter of sushi, which I shared with a friend, was generous. Drinks were perfectly chilled, and whilst I have no intention of buying one, I noted that a bottle of the best champagne was a full €50 cheaper than I’ve seen on menus elsewhere – I like to dream!
Although sushi and oriental dishes are the house speciality, there are other Italian and Spanish foods on the menu too, so if someone in your group isn’t a sushi fan, there is a good alternative choice available. The drinks menu is as impressive as the food menu. Bowing to fashion, I ordered a gin and tonic. It was perfectly served, and although they didn’t have my particular favourite, they did have a wide choice.
Judging by the website, which is a part of the Gourmetland group, by night the lighting changes the cool white of the daytime décor to vibrant, shimmery colours. I liked this bar for it’s chill out feel as much as anything, so I am a bit apprehensive about the fact they advertise a DJ for evening clientèle, for me the two don’t gel, but that’s my personal taste. For me it would be the perfect place to nibble and have a cocktail before or after going to the Carmen Mota Flamenco Spectacular in the Piramide de Arona just down the road.
Perhaps when I go back of an evening I will report back, but for now I can certainly recommend Wishes Bar as a soothing lunchtime setting to enjoy good food and wines.
You can find Wishes Bar in the Las Americas Shopping Centre right opposite the Mediterranean Palace Hotel on Avenida de las Americas; (+34) 922 78 78 75 for reservations. Our platter of sushi cost €34.95 and the oysters are priced on request.
Category : food and drink
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