Restaurant El Molino Blanco, a Leafy Oasis in Costa Adeje

Fri, April 19th, 2013 - By Jack Montgomery

Even if you don’t know a word of Spanish you should be able to figure out where the name of the restaurant El Molino Blanco in Costa Adeje comes from. The big white windmill at the entrance is a bit of a give-away.

Windmill, El Molino Blanco, Costa Adeje, Tenerife

Located beside Aqualand, El Molino Blanco stands out from many restaurants in surrounding Costa Adeje, Playa de las Américas and Los Cristianos in that A) it’s not part of a hotel, apartment block or shopping centre; B) with bougainvillea climbing up whitewashed walls and bleached wooden door-frames, it looks like it should be in a traditional Canarian village on Tenerife rather than in a modern tourist resort and C) it has a windmill.

Stepping inside is like taking another huge step away from the resort areas; a profusion of bright flowers and leafy ferns decorate the path that leads to a delightfully rustic interior, passing quirky wine barrels, gigantic stone lizards and Don Quixote (they had to have the windmill fighter).

Dining room, El Molino Blanco, Costa Adeje, Tenerife

 It’s the sort of place you want to have a nosey around before grabbing a table. Go explore and look for the names of famous patrons on little silver plates on the backs of chairs. Many are famous in Spain rather than internationally but it’s another quirky touch.

Although big in size, El Molino Blanco’s garden-like interior with its contrasting large dining room, chunky bar and secret corners feels intimate. Choosing a table for a lunchtime visit can be difficult as there are loads of inviting spots. At night the choice is more limited if you haven’t booked. Most people head to the popular interior tables for the best views of the live acts which compliment the food. If you fancy a more romantic dinner, then you probably won’t mind missing out on the cabaret action to sit in one of the exterior tables amidst lush flora.

Garlic prawns, El Molino Blanco, Costa Adeje, Tenerife

The menu at El Molino Blanco combines some traditional Canarian favourites with international crowdpleasers. This blend of culinary influences is reflected in the appetisers that come with the bread so that alioli (garlic mayonnaise) is paired up with flavoured butters.

Our starters of pan amb tomate and sizzling garlic prawns had a distinctly Spanish flavour, whereas the main courses of sea bass in a green sauce with vegetables and duck in a fruity sauce resting on cauliflower, carrots potatoes and green beans had more of a general fine dining vibe.

The prawns were big and juicy; the fish moist and flaky; and the duck was slightly pink and nicely tender. Having a decent mix of fresh vegetables was a bonus. Often on Tenerife, vegetable accompaniments can be of the straight-out-of-the-freezer limp variety or, in the case of Canarian cuisine, conspicuous by their absence.

Duck in fruit sauce, El Molino Blanco, Costa Adeje, Tenerife

Prices at El Molino are on the high side (main courses average €19) but the portions were generous to the point of being too much. Plus, if dining at night, you get a show to accompany dinner.

All in all, El Molino Blanco offers somewhere a bit different for celebrating a special occasion or for a treat of a meal on the last night of the holiday.

Avda de Austria, 5; San Eugenio Alto; (+34) 922 796 282; open daily 1pm- midnight; There are lunchtime and early evening discounts.

Posted : Friday, April 19th, 2013 at 2:02 pm
Category : food and drink
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2 Responses to “Restaurant El Molino Blanco, a Leafy Oasis in Costa Adeje”

  1. vanessa says:

    I want to book a table for 3 on jan 1st 2016 at 7.30

  2. Hi Vanessa,
    This a review of the restaurant, we’re not actually connected with El Molino Blanco. Here’s a link to their website where you can contact them directly.

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