New Vegetarian Eating in Los Cristianos

Mon, December 29th, 2014 - By Linda

No sooner do I post a piece to this blog saying that there are no vegetarian restaurants worth recommending in South Tenerife than one opens in the heart of Los Cristianos. Murphy’s Law, I guess, and of course it meant that I had no option but to try it out.

 

Sopa, Los Cristianos

 

Sopa is to be found opposite La Casa de Cultura, the pink-ish coloured building which is home to Arona’s cultural life, as well as some official offices. It opened something over two months ago.

When you walk through the door, it has a welcome feel. People relax and lounge around over tea and cake in comfy armchairs; beyond, there are trendy tables and chairs, and at the back a counter groaning with cakes and chocolates. Yes, there are savouries too, but those sweet treats are very eye-catching!

 

Sopa, Los Cristianos

 

It’s perhaps misleading to describe Sopa as a restaurant, really, it’s a snack bar; food is chosen and ordered at the counter, and you carry them on a tray to your table, though unwieldy items, like pots of tea are brought to the table by one of the cheerful staff.

 

Sopa, Los Cristianos

 

Menus are chalked up on blackboards on the wall, both in Spanish and English, and are changed regularly. On the day I went there was a choice of two soups (cream of carrot and cream of zucchini, both with sesame), and four salads, as well as crepes, rice dishes, quiches and veggie burgers. Although vegetarian best describes Sopa, they do a couple of dishes each day which will appeal to non-vegetarians, so you can take carnivorous pals when you visit, they alternate between either chicken or fish, though no red meat.

Sopa was recommended to me by a friend who already thinks nothing of going regularly from Playa de las Americas so much does she enjoy their fare, and on the day we went it was a busy lunchtime.  We sat outside for a while, waiting for a table inside to free up, though we only waited about ten minutes. Obviously the eatery has already become a favourite with people who work in the area, as well as local residents of different nationalities.

 

Sopa, Los Cristianos

 

The aforementioned desserts looked even better close up, chocolate cake, cherry pie, cherry and marzipan cake and lemon meringue beckoned, and a colourful pile of marzipan topped the counter; all made in house. Further visits will most definitely be needed to sample all of them! Next to the desserts, a mouth-watering selection of Belgian chocolates tempted.

 

Sopa, Los Cristianos

 

After much deliberation, I settled on the chicken and couscous with a side of aubergine and pepper salad, followed by the cherry pie, all washed down with a plentiful pot of one of the best green teas I’ve ever tasted. Served in a French Press, chunky tea leaves swirled and settled in the bottom of the pot, no tasteless teabags here.

I will undoubtedly be making the trip from El Médano to sample Sopa’s original, homemade dishes again. Oh, and I couldn’t resist coming away with a small box of those Belgian chocolates and a slice of marzipan too.

Sopa, Plaza del Pescadora, Los Cristianos; (+34) 922 04 37 69; my meal came to €15.70 for a main course plus side salad, cake and a generous pot of tea.

Posted : Monday, December 29th, 2014 at 11:58 am
Category : food and drink
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2 Responses to “New Vegetarian Eating in Los Cristianos”

  1. B says:

    Chicken? Not very strictly vegetarian then! Will go for the cakes instead, they look scrumptious.

  2. Colin Kirby says:

    Not being a vegetarian I have been a little shy of going in but your review and other good feedback has given me a push. Such an improvement on the dity old abandoned locals that were there before.

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