We’d collected our friend from his evening flight arrival at Tenerife South airport and headed north, fancying somewhere close to home where we could have some tapas, a nice glass of wine and begin our overdue catch-up. It was the perfect opportunity to try the recently opened La Vinoteca in La Paz on the outskirts of Puerto de la Cruz.
A stylish wine shop and tapas bar, La Vinoteca is located in the CC Canary Centre of La Paz, behind the ever popular cake shop of El Aderno and between them, they are a very good reason for stopping off on the way to or from the Botanical Gardens and popping in for a taste of top notch treats.
We visited La Vinoteca on a Monday night in the depths of Tenerife low season, and when we arrived, there was just one table of six outside enjoying the balmy night temperature of La Vinoteca’s sheltered position, tucked away at the rear of the Canary Centre. Soon we were joined by another table of Canarian diners and a shopper who clearly had a late night yen for a jar of chutney and a bottle of wine. It’s good to see that the word is already out.
Just four tables occupy the patio outside La Vinoteca’s window and another handful of tables and a couple of wine barrels sit inside amongst the displays of wine bottles for the chilliest of winter nights. One glance at the tapas menu and you know you’re not dealing with just the usual suspects of papas arrugadas and croquetas. The tapas are more Iberian than Canarian with choices including Guindilla Navarra (pickled peppers from Navarra), berberechos (cockles) and mejillones (mussels).
We opted for a mix of Iberian and Canarian tapas, ordering quesos canarios mix (assortment of Canarian cheeses), anchoas de santoña (anchovies from Santoña), almogrote (cheese paste from La Gomera) and tostas de salmon o ventresca (montaditos with tuna or salmon). Along with glasses of Ribera del Duero wine and some mineral water, we were set. Each dish was around €3/€4 except for the anchoas which were €6.80, and the glasses of wine were €2 each.
Each dish was stylishly presented and the food was top quality. The cheeses were savoury, the almogrote was just the right side of pungent to make it addictive and the tostas were succulent and full of flavour. The wine slipped down easily and the conversation flowed as old friends caught up over simply prepared, traditional tapas. Behind us, the table of six were chatting and laughing while we were completely caught up in our own enjoyment of having our friend out to see us after a gap of many years.
It’s what tapas is all about, sharing bites and wine in the company of friends, and La Vinoteca does it very nicely.
La Vinoteca, CC Canary Center, Local 18, La Paz, Puerto de la Cruz; (0034) 922 380 176; open every day 11.30am-11.30pm
Category : food and drink
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