Santa Cruz is vibrant and modern but when it comes to food the Tenerife capital can still surprise with intimate culinary delights and settings of character– all you have to do is check out a few side streets.
Tasca La Marea is between the main shopping streets of Calle Castillo and Calle de Imelda Sertis where the tram snakes by the Teatro Guimera. I was tempted in by the Rastrillo La Petit Cirque, a small flea market of bric a brac and fashion that wraps itself around the side streets once a month. At La Marea typical Canarian cooking is promised and there is an extensive menu to mix and match. Built on the junction of two tight narrow lanes it’s deceptively spacious inside with a split level leading up to an open fronted kitchen where the magic takes place.
The prices are very reasonable but the daily two courses for 7.50 euros had me scanning down the long list and fried camembert cheese with blueberry jam seemed was just what I needed. It exceeded my expectations, crisp and crunchy on the outside with large wedges of warm creamy cheese bursting forth with each bite. The jam was sweet and tangy and the perfect compliment, I must fess up that I used my bread to make sure I scooped up every last dollop of the jam.
Maybe it was my mooch around the port but I fancied some fish, maybe some cherne grilled or stewed with onions, or roast cuttlefish, I cast my line for the hake stuffed with marinera sauce but I was out of luck, it had swum off the menu. Never mind sardines with canarian potatoes and mojo sauce was equally appealing and I was happy to see my fishy friends hadn’t been watching their figures. There was plenty of delicious meat that fell away from the bones and while I found the red sauce a bit strong to splash around I tried a little teaser and then concentrated on the smoother green sauce.
Of course once I had finished I was already making a mental list of what to try on my next visit, ribs with honey will be well up there and the lemon cream or apple pie desserts would be jostling for attention. There was a steady trickle of customers as I relaxed taking in the sports news on the TV, a few had clearly been tempted in from the market and English versions of the menu boards showed they must get a few tourists.
The surrounding area was full of quirky special interest fashion shops and many more bars and cafes, the Peru embassy inhabits a small unit and there’s a nice friendly feel to the zone.
Tasca La Marea, Calle Doctor Allart 22, Santa Cruz; tel (+34) 645 035 781; open daily 11 am to 11 pm
Category : food and drink
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