The Canary Islands have a mix of culinary influences. While they remain a Spanish archipelago, and are flanked by the Mediterranean, they are most closely located to the east coast of Morocco. The islands also host a number of expat residents. Due to this diversity, tapas are as popular here as seafood and tagine.
As for amazing Tenerife restaurants, the list goes on and on. One of the best is definitely the fun and rustic Meson el Monasterio. This restored monastery complex is actually five restaurants in one, each with its own separate menu of Spanish specialties. At the entrance to Meson el Monasterio, Hacienda San Pedro specializes in fish, paella, lobster, prawns, and fruit flambéed dessert. At La Cabana, groups can dine on fondues, while Bodega San Pedro boasts about its wine and fried canary rabbit. This place is great for families, festivities, lunch meetings and dates. It is located in the northern town of Los Realejos.
For a taste of Italy, visit Bianco Ristorante in Santa Cruz de Tenerife. This restaurant does five-star ambience at its very best, as the chef whips up his dishes with authentic Italian ingredients. For antipasti try the fresh and delicate salmon Carpaccio, and for your main course try the Chicken Cacciatora with Rigatoni. You can also indulge on pastas, seafood, and garlic-infused filets. Make your reservation for an early evening meal, and watch the sunset through Bianco’s floor to ceiling windows.
In Aguilas del Teide, at the south end of the island, is the restaurant La Estancia. The gourmet menu is of a French and Mediterranean style. While the cuisine here is seasonal, the kitchen bases many dishes on goose and duck liver, as well as various meats and fish from their wood-fired barbecue. The wine cellar offers vintages from France, Spain and The Canaries. This place is great for quiet dining, and for romantic dates.
By Bradley Fink