El Cordero Is As Good As It Looks

Mon, June 4th, 2012 - By Colin

A giant lamb trimmed out of some trees is a great way to grab customers’ attention but good food cooked and served with style is the only way to keep them coming back. El Cordero (the lamb) on the road from Las Chafiras into Guargacho has long been a locals’ favourite and dining there with a 30 strong wedding party I found out that it has plenty more to offer once you pass the leafy guardian.

El Cordero restaurant, Tenerife

Taking the steps up and through the log cabin style entrance the ochre soil crunched beneath our feet as we made our way through the first dining area and bar with the open plan barbecue-based kitchen offering up some tempting smells and sounds. The larger dining area instantly impressed, complimenting the outside banana plantation with its bamboo roof and trailing plants against the plastic sheeting that doubles as walls and windows.

Goats' cheese and olives

Large platefuls of locally sourced Canarian food soon started to arrive. We had a wide ranging selection starting with bread, cheese, and olives. Next up were those wrinkly potato favourites papas arrugadas, and chips if preferred, with fresh salad, mojo sauce and green peppers bursting with flavour, texture and a hot tweak of the taste buds. Mountains of paella laced with our fishy friends also proved to be a winner. The meat was almost a stampede of steak, chicken and veal cooked to perfection and garnished with more peppers.

El Cordero restaurant

Despite the constant stream of dishes and our extra needs for presentations, speeches etc, the staff were not only attentive but also versatile as they kept on top of orders for the other rapidly filling tables. The layout of the large dining area is informal and with a nice, green table covers and seats theme to match nature’s thriving plant life. A cage in the far corner featured some multi coloured parrots who added their own squawking contribution to the buoyant atmosphere.

El Cordero

The chalkboard displayed the week’s daily specials¬† from Tuesday’s Paella Don Pepe, through Puchero Canario (stew), Costillas Con Pina (ribs with pineapple), Cherne Encebollado (local fish in onions), Arroz Campero (rural rice), and Paella Mixta, and on Mondays – a well earned rest.

El Cordero

Although just a few miles from Los Cristianos, El Cordero draws on some of the best food around; Las Galletas and Los Abrigos nearby both have long established fishing traditions and the municipality of San Miguel has a proud wine growing heritage. Above all though the staff work hard to make sure that a giant farm animal towering over the car park struggles to even make your list of memorable experiences from El Cordero.

Posted : Monday, June 4th, 2012 at 9:16 am
Category : food and drink
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2 Responses to “El Cordero Is As Good As It Looks”

  1. […] was a fun night at El Cordero in Guargacho with a select group of CD Tenerife friends, Neal, Karen and Matt were over from […]

  2. TB Parkes says:

    17/11/2015 .. Maybe it is me, but not impressed overall .. The decor is remarkable, but the food was average (but pricey) .. the staff were busy, but not interested in the customer .. even forgot the main course for one of us .. far better dining in the bars in Costa di Silencio .. (Chicken Shack, Leo’s, etc)

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