It’s four years now since I wrote a post about the foodie heaven which is La Caleta in Costa Adeje. It’s still a favourite, despite the drive back to El Médano limiting my wine intake. Since I last wrote, it’s become even better, with several new restaurants opening, or older ones changing hands.
At the “opposite” end of the cove is Celso. It’s been there forever, a typical, local restaurant serving fish and seafood, with mojos and papas arrugadas. Recently it’s been smartened up. When I was there at weekend, lots of people went straight from the beach. It’s that sort of place, plastic chairs and tables, but super friendly staff, and perched over rock pools near to a sometime surf break.
Walking along the promenade to the main drag, next up is El Caldero. I still have to try this, but their tapas come highly recommended, and if the number of outside tables always occupied is any indication my information is correct!
El Caldero sits on the corner of a walkway from street level, and on the opposite corner, almost defiantly, sits Paquita Bello, the quality of whose tapas I can happily confirm. They are original and very good. Try the blackpudding montadito with caramelized onion, or the crunchy prawns for a different taste, and finish with a mojito sorbet, divine on a hot day. Don’t be put off by the photos – more of a marketing faux pas than quality indication. I know that usually signifies a down market eatery, but this is first class, with comfy seating inside for winter nights.
A few more steps and we come to Salitre, which possibly proves that success isn’t always automatic. I haven’t tried it, but locals tell me that, despite belonging to the popular La Brasa restaurant in Valle San Lorenzo, it is both expensive, and lacks the quality of other restaurants in this ‘gourmet village.’ Empty tables last night, when everywhere else was buzzing, spoke volumes.
At the other end of the spectrum is newly opened Char, another success story for the Venture Group, which owns nearby 88, and others in the Safari Center in Playa de las Americas. It was a bold move, a restaurant serving primarily meats cooked in a Josper Oven, in an area known for fish; and not only that, but without either terrace or views. It had to be exceptional – and it is; with an interior worthy of Madrid or London, all glowing copper and natural-looking brick, and the truly outstanding service which typifies this group. You know how someone says to you that their steak “melted in the mouth?” All I can say it was true of the rib-eye I sampled last night, really it’s hard to say more about steak. There is, however, fish for non meat eaters, including both fish and seafood ‘of the day’, according to what is the best available, a policy they intend to stick to strictly, changing the menu when they deem it necessary. Char appears to be exceptionally conscious of providing quality.
I am happier than ever to drive from Granadilla, and for now parking is easy in La Caleta, but for those staying in Los Cristianos or closer, I noted an abundance of taxis as I left. So you can sample some delightful Canary wines when you dine here too!
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