La Terrazza Del Mare, Style with a View

Fri, October 7th, 2011 - By Andrea Montgomery

It’s a breezy day in Costa Adeje as I make my way alongside the beaches of Playa Bobo and the Troyas. I have a lunch appointment in one of the most stylish beach front restaurants in the area and I’m nervous that I may end up looking like the mad woman who follows me around whenever the Tenerife wind whips up. She looks exactly like me but her hair is a sort of abstract art piece that juts out at over her ears and stands at right angles to her scalp.

As I step into La Terrazza del Mare, one hand smoothing my locks, I feel an instant drop in the breeze thanks to the pristine glass breeze blocker that runs the length of the restaurant’s terrace. With grandstand beach views, a row of romantic tables for two with Rattan armchairs and sunshine coloured parasols are smartly dressed and awaiting their diners. Centre stage are raised, intimate cabanas and behind them, some cool teepees provide the perfect looking spot for an after lunch coffee.

The Restaurant Manager, Pepe, introduces himself and I choose a seat in one of the cabanas for a raised view of this palm tree lined stretch of coast that straddles San Eugenio and Playa de Las Américas. I take Pepe’s recommendations on my lunch choices and settle back to marvel at the extensive cocktails menu. After dark La Terrazza del Mare morphs into a chic, pre-dinner nightspot where cocktail sippers occupy the bar and chill out seating beneath the up-lit palm trees.

My starter course arrives. Saffron yellow, battered prawns with a crispy coat and succulent insides adorn a white plate flanked by bowls shaped like upturned lotus leaves in which a sweet chilli sauce and a tangy alioli dip lie. Catalunian tomato bread with cured ham and Andalusian squid in batter round off my trio of delicious entrées and I wonder if my eye has been bigger than my belly.

When my pizza Parmigiani arrives I’m relieved to see that it’s not one of these bread dominated affairs that have you performing jaw exercises and reaching for the water to aid swallowing. Instead, the crust is delicately thin and the topping is dressed with fine Parma Ham strips, shavings of parmesan and fresh rocket. I add a sprinkling of spicy olive oil dressing and its zingy chilli flavour hands out dance cards to the pizza toppings and starts a salsa on my tongue. Despite being completely sated, Pepe persuades me to try the lemon meringue pie and I negotiate a smaller slice, although you wouldn’t know that when it arrived. True to his word, it melts in my mouth in a creamy, pastry cloud of lemon.

Seriously considering heading to the nearest sun lounger to snooze the afternoon away I visit the ladies bathroom only to discover through a glance in the mirror that it’s the mad woman who has enjoyed this rather special lunch. I hope she’s picking up the bill.

La Terrazza del Mare, Paseo Marítimo, behind Playa Troya, Costa Adeje; 922 79 64 28; open 11am to 2am daily.

Posted : Friday, October 7th, 2011 at 11:54 am
Category : food and drink
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