You won’t find any hotels or holiday apartments in the pretty coastal village of Las Galletas that hugs the coastline between Los Cristianos and Costa Del Silencio. Instead you’ll find a pretty marina set against the dramatic backcloth of the mountains; a sheltered black sand beach and a small but select choice of fish and seafood restaurants.
When friends came to stay in Golf Del Sur and suggested we meet up for lunch, it was the ideal time to slip away from the uniform housing and undulating greens of the resort and head to the characterful Las Galletas and Restaurant Pantalan sitting right on the harbour front with its terrace set out over the water alongside bobbing fishing boats and moored pleasure craft.
A small area to the side of the restaurant provides a sun trap setting for a cold beer or a glass of chilled white but we had popped in earlier and reserved one of the tables overlooking the harbour. The menu was a good mix of tapas, many of them fairly standard Tenerife choices along with a couple of Oriental inspired choices, and main meals which included seafood platters, standard or deluxe. We opted for a selection of tapas and our dishes arrived piping hot and freshly made with just the right amount of time between each new dish so we were never over faced or left waiting.
First up were golden, crispy calamari served with addictive alioli (garlic mayonnaise). The calamari were cooked to perfection with a crispy coating containing tender, succulent squid rings. Next were the croquetas which were a creamy mixture of fish, potatoes and cheesy melt. The whitebait could have been a tad more crunchy for my liking but I’m just being über fussy. They were golden, plump, crisp and beautifully tasty.
Next up was one of two Oriental-inspired dishes, mussels with Thai green curry. I didn’t choose this particular dish as I couldn’t quite see how mussels would go with Thai green curry but my scepticism turned out to be completely misguided, they were sensational.
We ended up almost fighting each other to get to the last of the mussels and it’s a dish that will definitely find its way onto our table at home soon. Last but by no means least were the two prawn dishes – prawns in garlic and prawn tempura, the second of our oriental-inspired choices.
The prawns in garlic arrived sizzling in their aromatic garlic oil which made the perfect dipping sauce for the last of the bread, and the prawn tempura arrived in the lightest, fluffiest, golden tempura batter and a small dish of sweet chili sauce. I don’t even remember eating more than one prawn but they disappeared at a frankly alarming rate and we were left to sit back, sated, and finish the last of our wine while the waters lapped gently at our feet. Excellent food, fabulous location, friendly service and the bill came to €60 between the four of us including a bottle of house wine and water.
(+34) 691 674 556; open from mid morning to 10pm Monday to Friday and to 6pm Saturday and Sunday.
Category : food and drink
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