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Canarian Cuisine – a Guide to Eating Out in Tenerife

There are many excellent restaurants to be found during cheap breaks to Tenerife, but how do you choose? Turning to sites like TripAdvisor (which collects people’s reviews) isn’t always your best bet, particularly if you’re looking to try some authentic Spanish or Canarian cuisine.

In fact, Tenerife Magazine wrote recently that the two top ranking restaurants in Puerto de la Cruz (according to TripAdvisor) are not even in the town, although they’re very accessible to people staying on the coast. The top twelve restaurants in Costa Adeje, Playa de Las Américas, Los Cristianos and Puerto de la Cruz have foods on their menus like steak, pizza, pasta, and even Chinese and Indian dishes, but there’s not much in the way of Spanish-style cooking.

But for those eager for a taste of real Tenerife cooking, check out the following:

Coeur de Filet, Costa Adeje

This restaurant is in the exciting Playa de Fañabé development in Costa Adeje. Filled with restaurants and shops, the area is very family oriented, and there’s a wide mix of Spanish and international cuisine. The menu at Coeur de Filet is Mediterranean, meaning fresh produce is sourced either from markets in Tenerife or flown over from Spain on a regular basis. There’s a wide choice of dishes and of course the ‘Heart of Fillet’ steak is a favourite.

Méson Castellano, Playa de Las Américas

This restaurant is in Playa de Las Américas and has an extensive menu according to the Spanish culinary tradition of combining high-quality vegetables with cheeses, sausages and delicious cold cuts. Get a taste for traditional gazpacho and noodle stews, and enjoy main courses of paella made with duck, rabbit and chicken, mussels, squid and prawns, and tuck into the mouth-watering ensaladas that accompany them. Enjoy this delicious Castilian cuisine set in an ambience of a wine cellar, folk music and delicious cooking smells.

El Brasero, Los Cristianos

This is an excellent option for families staying in Los Cristianos. It is Canarian owned and specialises in Spanish-style flame grills (steak and fish) at affordable prices. El Brasero is in the Apartments Cristian Sur, and it also has a good wine list and plenty of space for larger groups. Two specialities are shoulder of lamb and sea bass in garlic, and if you’re still feeling a bit peckish, be sure to ask for the owner Carlos’s mystery dessert. Happy dining in Tenerife!