Fine Food And Fabulous Views at El Mirador Restaurant in Benijo

Wed, March 20th, 2013 - By Andrea Montgomery

It’s said Tenerife is an island of two halves and you won’t hear contradictions from any of the hundreds of visitors who daily depart the sun scorched coastline of Los Cristianos, Playa de Las Americas, Costa del Silencio and Costa Adeje to travel to the verdant mountains of the north east coast.

 

El Mirador restaurant, Benijo

 

Grinding their way up the sinewy roads above La Laguna and struggling to make the sharp turns in less than three moves, coaches carry passengers into a world apart from the one outside their hotels and disgorge them into the pretty little bay of Roque La Bodega in the eastern Anaga Mountains. But drive beyond the hordes crammed into one or two of the seafront restaurants and you’ll quickly arrive at Benijo and the picturesque restaurant of El Mirador where, with uninterrupted views over Tenerife’s most northerly coastline and the infinity of the Atlantic Ocean, you can lose the crowds and find complete tranquility.

 

 

The small outside terrace has just half a dozen or so tables and umbrellas from which to enjoy the grandstand views on glorious days like the one we had. When the clouds descend or the breeze picks up, a vibrant inside dining room combines contemporary artwork with rustic chic and offers a cosy alternative. We were lucky enough to arrive just as a terrace table came free and we lost no time in taking up our ringside seats for the hypnotic ocean vista.

The menu is limited, with salads and traditional cheeses for starters and main course choices largely being of the fish and seafood variety which is common in places where the sea and the land has provided the sole means of survival for centuries. Meat eaters are offered a ‘meat menu of the day’ but being fish lovers, we stuck with the main menu. I ordered fish stew in a coconut milk curry while my lunch companions ordered octopus with sweet potato and cherne with papas arrugadas.

 

 

A glass of chilled vino blanco afrutado slipped down beautifully as the gentlest of breezes and the generous shade of the umbrella kept the heat of the sun the right side of perfect. Each of our dishes arrived piping hot and beautifully presented. My fish stew was in its own little casserole dish and consisted of a large fillet of cherne, seared and sprinkled with rock salt, served with sweet potatoes, fresh carrots, broccoli and green beans in a tasty coconut milk gravy with just a hint of Thai green curry.

 

The octopus was beautifully tender and flavoursome and served in a mêlée of sweet potato and green beans drizzled with a tangy sweet and sour sauce and green mojo. The pan seared cherne was cooked to perfection on its bed of courgette, sweet potato and Brussels sprouts and accompanied by tiny, sweet papas bonitas.

Beautiful fresh fish and seafood, creatively prepared and presented in a romantic ocean-side setting in the stunning Anaga Mountains…definitely one to try.

Carretera Taganana-Benijo, 1-3; (+34) 922 590 217; open Saturday to Thursday, midday to 5pm, closed Friday

Posted : Wednesday, March 20th, 2013 at 10:02 am
Category : days out
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