Tapas and a Taste of Honey in El Sauzal

Wed, May 9th, 2012 - By Andrea Montgomery

I have long been a fan of the Casa Baranda Wine Museum in El Sauzal. Naturally its Tenerife wine selections are the main attractions, but it’s also located right on the headland with stunning views of the north west coast and Mount Teide. On a clear day, you can see all the way to Garachico Rock.

This week we have a visitor from Scotland staying with us and when Wednesday dawned cloudy, we decided it was the perfect excuse to take our visitor to the wine museum for a touch of tapas and a taste of honey.

 

 

After admiring the view, we made our way through the cobbled courtyard to the Casa de Miel, or Honey Museum, which is attached to the wine museum and charts everything about Tenerife’s honey industry. From the life of its hard working, black bees illustrated by a giant display of a section of a honeycomb, to the different types of honey produced by the 490 producers and 10,000 hives on the island, the honey museum chronicles everything you need to know about the amber nectar. Every year some 150,000 kilos of honey are produced bearing the Miel de Tenerife label and range in colour and flavour from the light golden colour and floral flavour of the Retama del Teide which is produced from flowers in Teide National Park to the dark, caramel colour and smoky flavour of the Castaño (chestnut) from the woods of Arafo and Candelaria on the east coast between Santa Cruz and Güímar.

A jar of the sweet stuff bought for some home tasting, we sauntered back past the restored wine press to the restaurant which has earned itself a reputation for quality and which has for years lain on our ‘places to go for lunch’ wish list.

 

 

Shunning the breezy terrace in favour of a table in the restored wine mansion, surrounded by rich, dark tea wood cabinets, we ordered Fried Goats’ Cheese with Mojos, Sausages in Cider and Garlic and Assorted Croquettes. A glass of delicious and dangerously quaffable vanilla, fruit-infused Arcon red wine from the Icod-Daute region completed the order.

The lightly grilled goats’ cheese in its mojo sauces was from La Orotava and had a strong, smoky flavour. The sausages in cider and garlic was a small casserole of bite-sized pork sausages in a sweet, tangy sauce and the croquettes were crispy and golden on the outside and filled with creamy potatoes with ham, fish or spinach. Along with the hot rolls and butter, the three tapas portions were a satisfying lunch for three people and we really didn’t need anything else. But a display of pretty cup cakes on the bar counter proved too irresistible for me and the pink one on the top was duly ordered along with coffee. The soft, moist sponge and rich, butter cream topping were dreamily delicious.

 

 

The bill, which came to €34.30 for the three of us, was very reasonable for the standard and volume of food we had eaten but did include a bread charge of €1.20 per person which we thought was like the headland beyond the terrace – a bit steep.

Casa de Miel; Calle San Simón, 51; El Sauzal; open Mon-Thurs 8.30am to 5pm, Fridays to 2.30pm and Saturday 10am to 2pm. Wine museum restaurant; open Tues – Sun 10am to  midnight

Posted : Wednesday, May 9th, 2012 at 1:37 pm
Category : days out
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