Beef without the reef at Tenerife

As tourism makes up for a third of the country’s economy, the volcanic beach destination of the Canary Islands have great wining and dining outlets for not just lovers of seafood. Meat eaters have enormous choice as Spain’s carnivores are well catered for in this tropical island.

Vaca Loca is in the centre of Los Cristianos in Arona in the south of Tenerife, just some hundred meters from the beach.  This Swiss restaurant has cheese and meat fondues (or a raclette) and pride themselves on cow thematic dishes, strange, but tasty. Forgive the post Spanish civil war décor for traditional fare at La Venta at The Sheraton La Caleta Resort & Spa. Mostly Canarian food, these guys guarantee anything served on a plate is of quality – including a whole sea bass cooked and wrapped in one giant spinach leaf.

Take note mainland pizza parlours – at Restaurante Lupita (located in Parque de La Reina) you can grab a pizza the size of the wheel on a penny farthing for as little as £4 and wash it down with a cold cervasa. The owner swears on return business instead of ripping his customers off. And return they do. With house specials that include lemon bleached tomato bread bases to give his pizzas that extra edge. Some of the most amazing Tenerife restaurants aren’t on the beach as you would expect but tucked up into the mountainside. A great local drop spot is the flashy and unexpected American Diner, Harleys, just above Puerto Colón in Adeje in the south of Tenerife. Expect Tex-Mex on the menu, and eat off a converted Cadillac sliced in half. If you’re in the mood for tender taps then fresh goat meat at Mesón La Cabra del Sur in Las Chafiras will keep you out of trouble as their chefs prepare the all dishes with a secret spice only grown and known to the Tenerife region. If I told you, I am positive they wouldn’t have me back.

In all, this island has a nice change of atmosphere when shopping for a good Saturday night steak, as it can be found in many places. I’ve definitely got no beef eating out in Tenerife.

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