The Watermelon Restaurant

Mon, January 16th, 2012 - By Colin

A subtle shift was taking place but I was too engrossed in my food to fully appreciate it. Entering the Watermelon restaurant in San Telmo, Los Cristianos late evening, couples and families were dining among the lush green plants that give the terrace a cosy intimate feel. Later as the last hour of the day kicked in, the comfy lounge chairs in the entrance lobby were filling up with the cocktail crowd chilling before heading off to Playa de Las Américas and Costa Adeje in search of Tenerife’s music and dancing scene into the small hours.

Versatile and stylish, Watermelon has a persona to match all times and moods of the day. Round bar tables, basic metal chairs and a well stocked cabinet of fresh fruit are a great backdrop for daytime snacks, smoothies and light drinks as the bustling Avenida Habana leads holiday makers to the beach. Moving through from the shaded side of the street the terrace offers plenty of leafy protection and wide views of Las Vistas beach, a holiday makers’ favourite setting for Tenerife sunshine.

Once the sun goes down Watermelon is many people’s choice for that special meal out. I have had the pleasure of watching beach combers and promenade strollers at night from a prime position next to the half height windows and also eaten at one of the split level areas deeper inside, and both offer equal charms. The lighting is subdued making those intimate corners darker, the waiting staff are equipped with small torches to illuminate the finer points of the menu. If the breeze off the sea is a little chilly the tall standing heaters and the large movable umbrella shades ensure the right feel.

Main meals have an Italian and Mediterranean influence but there is always a tasty twist to old favourites. The chicken kebab is big, chunky and lean and backed with roast potatoes and salad. Pasta rolls bathe in a tasty sauce, I picked gratinated ham and cheese as the filling. On another visit I tried goats cheese stuffed with smoked salmon, spinach and rocket, very filling. Looking around, the suckling pig, Spanish sausage, and port all made their claims for a future visit.

Desserts are tempting and a good size, the tirimasu lived up to expectations, the ice cream mix with fruit might have been a more subtle finish but Watermelon puts you in the mood for pampering. Cold beers, a wide range of wines and a coffee to round things off and all was well with the world. Outside planes descended en route to Tenerife South airport in nearby Granadilla but in Watermelon the tide was turning to late night relaxation with subtle music and exotic cocktails.

Posted : Monday, January 16th, 2012 at 10:09 am
Category : food and drink
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3 Responses to “The Watermelon Restaurant”

  1. Meryl says:

    All the restaurants in this strip are excellent but I think the Watermelon is my favourite. Classy and affordable (great mix)

  2. fiona mapplebeck says:

    Hi Our next trip over in feb we are planning to go to the watermelon but how far is it from our apartmarts (Playazul)
    kind regards
    fiona

  3. Colin Kirby says:

    You are just a short bus ride away (get off at Los Cristianos bus station and head down to the sea front) or about 5 euros in a taxi. If you feel energetic head straight to the sea front from Playa Azul and walk the coastal promenade into Los Cristianos (about 20 minutes) but after a good feed at Watermelon you may well prefer a taxi home. The restuarant is very well known if you veer slightly off course. Enjoy

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