A couple of weeks ago I wrote about the best Tenerife resort for beaches and I thought it might be useful for anyone looking to book a holiday to Tenerife for the first time, to do a couple more ‘Tenerife at a glance’ type guides. For many people, one of the most important aspects of a holiday resort choice is a range of good places to eat.
Although I eat out extensively all over Tenerife and consider myself to be a foodie, I haven’t and couldn’t possibly try them all, no-one could. So clearly, this is simply my experience and opinion.
Anyone who has been holidaying on Tenerife for the past decade or more cannot have failed to notice the changes in its dining scene. Led by the kitchens of its deluxe hotels and one or two restaurants whose standards have always been light years ahead of the competition, the island is seeing more and better restaurants opening up every month.
So which resort is best for restaurants?
It’s important to differentiate here between which resort has the best restaurants and which resort is best for restaurants. In my experience, the best restaurants on Tenerife are pretty widespread.
Top notch nosh
The only Michelin starred restaurants on the island, in fact in the entire Canary Islands, are JB and Kabuki at the Abama Golf and Spa Resort in Playa San Juan. For my money, the best restaurant on Tenerife that doesn’t have a Michelin star but clearly should, is El Rincón de Juan Carlos in Los Gigantes. A close runner-up to El Rincón is Lucas Maes in La Orotava.
For the less adventurous of palette there are countless, great restaurants where you can get everything from trendy gastro-pub grub at Empire in Playa de Las Americas and best of British at Oliver’s With A Twist in Los Cristianos to fragrant curries at Roy’s Pizza & Indian Tandoori in Costa Adeje and finger lickin’ fish ‘n’ chips at Scampi’s Chippie in Los Cristianos.
A taste of tradition
In some resorts it’s difficult to find menus that remind you you’re actually in Spain and traditional restaurants and tapas bars are conspicuous by their absence. In Los Cristianos the San Telmo strip is the place to go and in Playa de Las Americas it’s Méson Castellano at El Camison or El Gomero opposite Magma but the Ranilla District in Puerto de la Cruz knocks the socks off every other venue.
Best for choice and quality
In between the great restaurants, the resorts of Los Cristianos, Playa de las Américas and even Costa Adeje are littered with mediocre to poor ones where you get the same blah menus and bland, low quality food at low prices.
If you want to try a different, great restaurant every night of your holiday without endless walking or taxi fares; if you want food that ranges from fresh fish and melt-in-the-mouth steaks and beefy burgers to creative tapas, gourmet vegetarian and traditional Canarian, there’s only one resort that delivers and it’s Puerto de la Cruz. Quality food at great value and wonderful venues into the bargain. In my opinion, when it comes to good restaurant choices in easy strolling distance, the range and quality of Puerto’s restaurants place it head and shoulders above every other resort.
Category : food and drink
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