What makes a restaurant special for Valentine’s Day? Is it the food, the location, the ambience?
When I lived in Stockport, location was pretty much irrelevant. There are many adjectives to describe Stockport – historic, characterful, sprawling – but picturesque is definitely not one of them, so choice of venue was down to food and ambience. More often than not it was actually down to where we could get a table as we always seemed to leave it too late to book.
But now that I’m in Tenerife, location is right up there as a criteria, so here are my five recommendations of restaurants, in easy reach of the most popular resorts, for a romantic Valentine’s day meal.
Just don’t leave it until the day before to book or you’ll find yourself at the local Chinese – probably on the table behind me.
For anyone staying in and around San Miguel de Abona, Golf del Sur, Costa Silencio and El Médano, head to the quaint fishing harbour of Los Abrigos to one of Tenerife’s best restaurants.
Gourmet Mediterranean and seafood cuisine on a romantic terrace from where you can watch the moon play on the waters of the harbour. If you want a sweet ending to the evening, order the Palta dessert and prepare to be seduced by its flavours.
Los Roques Calle de la Marina 16, Los Abrigos; (0034) 922 74 94
If you’re staying in Puerto de la Cruz head to the romantic Ranilla District and the Mediterranean flavours of Mil Sabores.
When it comes to afters, order the profiteroles and you’ll wonder if that’s what they gave Meg Ryan to eat in the restaurant scene of When Harry Met Sally.
Mil Sabores, Calle Cruz Verde 5, Puerto De La Cruz; (0034) 922 36 81 72
If you want a venue that’s guaranteed to WOW, you’ll be hard pressed to beat the white windmill that sits atop the motorway in easy taxi distance of Playa de Las Américas, Los Cristianos and Costa Adeje.
Once inside the charismatic courtyard the sights and sounds of the outside world are lost to the tranquillity and the singing chef.
Molino Blanco; Avenida de Austria 5, Costa Adeje; (0034) 922 79 62 82
Rosso Sul Mare
A taxi ride from Playa Paraíso and Callao Salvaje, at the western end of Costa Adeje, is the former fishing village of La Caleta and the romantic, oceanside terrace of this stylish Italian restaurant. One for the fashionistas, slip on the Aviators and get there early for a sundowner cocktail and a pose on the terrace before dinner.
Rosso Sul Mare; Avenida Las Gaviotas 4, La Caleta, Costa Adeje, (0034) 922 78 23 74
Nicely placed for the resorts of Playa San Juan, Playa de La Arena, Guía de Isora, Los Gigantes and Puerto Santiago, this Basque restaurant and chill out lounge overlooks the moon-lit waters of the ocean from its perch above the harbour of Alcalá.
When the kitchen closes the guitar comes out and there’s music beneath the stars.
Escondida; Calle Pasaje El Ancla 1, Alcalá, (0034) 922 86 50 80
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