Hitting The High Notes With Rubina In Los Cristianos

Fri, August 31st, 2012 - By Colin

A sweet swirl of cranberry sauce on my baked cheese with walnuts starter had an almost hypnotic look but it’s not just the wide range of international dishes that draws people into Rubina in Edificio Cerromar in Los Cristianos.




Maybe it’s the live music, Samy’s smooth sax was soothing but not intrusive on my Monday night visit, acoustic guitar treats work their magic on Thursdays and Saturdays. The friendly service definitely plays a part, Mo and his multi-lingual team were buzzing ensuring the busy open terrace and intimate, indoor tables full of families and couples were made welcome.




Walnuts evoke happy festive memories for me so it’s no wonder I nearly chose dates and walnuts wrapped in bacon as my opener, then again I could have been tempted by courgettes with parmesan and mozzarella baked in tomato sauce. The big decision came with the main course, steak, chicken breast, pasta, salad, and pizza were all on offer with interesting twists.


Rubina, los cristianos


Chicken might have arrived as Dana fresh from the grill dressed with a home made sweet French mustard sauce, or served in Rubina strips flambéed with red peppers, onions, ginger and honey. Pasta offered a Carbonara with bacon, cream, parmesan cheese, onions, and egg or maybe a Costa with chicken, onions, garlic, celery, parsley and parmesan. I’d heard good reports about the steak so all I had to do was decide which of the nine themes I preferred. La France with red wine sauce and spices, and La Cremosa with a creamy fresh mushroom sauce, a hint of honey and a splash of brandy both tested my resolve but I picked Con Salsa Pimienta well done with pepper sauce and served with sliced chips and salad – a definite star.


Rubina, Los Cristianos


Dessert was the ideal way to top an enjoyable evening, the cranberry roulade would have got my vote but my starter choice made me veer towards the caramel cheesecake. It was crispy, sweet and full of flavour, a pleasingly guilty finish to a memorable meal.
Rubina Restaurant – (+34) 667 262 054; Calle Hermano Pedro – just up from the Apolo Centre or Funchal; open daily 3pm until midnight

Posted : Friday, August 31st, 2012 at 2:18 pm
Category : food and drink
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3 Responses to “Hitting The High Notes With Rubina In Los Cristianos”

  1. Susan Tsentides says:

    I ate there a year ago …. It was the worst meal I have ever experienced , not at all professional …. The pictures all look really yummy in your article …so did they change the chef , or was he on holiday when we were there ?

  2. susan says:

    We have dined twice in two different years and i understand the chef has changed

  3. Colin Kirby says:

    Hi Susan Tsentides. A year can be a long time for restaurants on an island where people tend to pass through a lot but this was my first visit so I had nothing to compare it with. I hope you raised your objections at the time, any good restaurant thrives on feedback good or bad.
    It sounds like you are a regular visitor, maybe you could give Rubina a second look, hopefully you will find it as pleasing as I did.

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